Joyce Nelson Allred, 81, of Rigby, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at her home.
She was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Rexburg, to Ferrel A. Nelson and Chloe Hanks Nelson. She was raised in Rexburg, attended Washington Elementary School and graduated from Madison High School. She continued her education at Ricks College and Brigham Young University, then graduated from Utah State University in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in education.
On Oct. 25, 1950, she married John Fredrick "Jack" Allred in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union they added five children. Joyce taught science and biology for 20 years at Rigby Junior High School, Roberts Middle School and Kinghorn Elementary School.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities, including Blazer Scout leader, Rigby Stake camp director, on the Stake Relief Society Board at Ricks College, and she served a mission to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City. Joyce enjoyed traveling and teaching, and often expressed her love and appreciation for her seventh-grade students.
She is survived by her children, Susan (Dennis) Jorgensen of Peoa, Utah, Peggy (Chad Kerry) Jensen of Rigby, John Kevin (Shonna) Allred of Rigby, Eric (Toni) Allred of Riverton, Utah, and Matthew (Lori) Allred of Idaho Falls; brother, P. Keith (Twila) Nelson of Salt Lake City; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and an additional five step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Garth Nelson; and a grandson, Jonathan Jorgensen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Rigby Stake Center, 258 W. First North in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main Street in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
The family of Joyce expresses their appreciation to Dr. Alan Avondet in Idaho Falls and to Yellowstone Dialysis Center in Rexburg for their compassionate service.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.