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Joyce Arbuckle Ford


1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Joyce Arbuckle Ford Obituary
Oct. 8, 1927 ~ May 3, 2014
Jerome, ID-On May 3, 2014, Joyce Arbuckle Ford, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho due to complications from a fall. Joyce was born October 8, 1927 in Woods Cross, Utah to Emer and Leona Howard Arbuckle. She attended schools in Woods Cross, Bountiful, and graduated from Davis High School. She was an honor student and was involved in many school activities. She played the french horn, was an accomplished pianist, and accompanied many school choirs. Joyce formed many lasting friendships that extended over the years. Joyce married Thomas Ray Ford on June 17, 1946 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They made their home in Centerville, Utah working on the family farm and dairy. While living in Utah, Ray and Joyce welcomed three sons, Ronald, Gordon and Bruce. In 1959, the young family sold the farm in Utah and began a new chapter of farming in Jerome, Idaho. After moving to Idaho, two more children joined the Ford family, a son, Bryan, and a daughter, Karen. Joyce will be remembered as an accomplished homemaker. She took pride in her immaculate home where family and friends were sure to be welcomed with a home cooked meal and great conversation. Ray and Joyce worked hard and built a very successful life together. In their later years, they enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Ketchum and traveling in the winter. Joyce will be remembered for her beautiful quilts, crocheted afghans, porcelain dolls, and her flawless hand work. Her family was a blessing in her life, and there was nothing she loved more than spending time with them. As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joyce loved the gospel. She served in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society presidencies, as well as many other callings within these organizations. Joyce's love for music was evident as she served for more than 35 years as ward organist and pianist. She accompanied many choirs and individuals throughout her lifetime.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ray, and four children; Gordon (Elaine) of Jerome, Idaho; Bruce (Gwen) of Hermiston, Oregon; Bryan (Deanne) of Twin Falls, Idaho; and Karen (Joel) Seamons of Jerome, Idaho; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; as well as her in-laws, Beth Arbuckle, Nadene Steffan, Norma and Richard Leavitt, and Elizabeth Hess. Joyce was preceded in death by her son Ronald, her parents, sisters Jean (Martin) Brown, Lucille (Donald) Hatch, Norma (LaVance) Nelson, her brothers Howard and James Arbuckle and brother-in-law, Horton Hess.
We all love and miss you dearly and look forward to an eternal reunion.
A visitation will be held Thursday May 8, 2014, at Farnsworth Mortuary, 1343 South Lincoln in Jerome from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am, Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Jerome LDS Stake Center, 26 N. Tiger Drive, Jerome, with Bishop Darin Dimond, officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Services will conclude with burial in the Jerome Cemetery under the direction of Farnsworth Mortuary.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 6, 2014
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