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Joy Bartausky Bithell Massengale


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Joy Bartausky Bithell Massengale Obituary
Joy Bartausky Bithell Massengale, 88, passed away peacefully at her home in Chandler, Arizona, on November 13, 2016.
Joy was born June 26, 1928, in Firth, Idaho, the oldest daughter of Adolph and Christina Worthen Bartausky.
She attended grade school and high school at Firth. After high school, she married Neil F. Bithell on June 1, 1946. They had two children, a daughter, Terrece "Terry" Hopkins and a son, Neil Bithell (DeAnne). Joy had one granddaughter, Amy Bithell, one brother, John Bartausky (Norine), two sisters, JoAnn, and Betty (deceased). Joy and Neil were divorced in 1975.
On June 28, 1975, Joy was married to Fred Massengale in Las Vega, Nevada, combining families with Brett Massengale (Barbie), Kelly King (Bryan), and Derek Massengale (Mafe). 
Joy worked at Idaho  Bank & Trust (later Key Bank), first as a bookkeeper, then as a teller, in Blackfoot, from 1961 to 1975. Fred and Joy then moved to Salt Lake City, where she worked for First Security Bank from 1975 until her retirement in 1990. They moved to Arizona in 1996 to improve Joy's asthma.
Joy and Fred enjoyed traveling to various places in the United States. After Fred retired in 2006, they took a two-month trip in their motorhome through the southeast, including the Grand Ole Oprey in Nashville and Branson. They traveled to 35 states during their 41 years of marriage. For several years, they took their motorhome to Overguard, Arizona to escape the heat of the summers in Phoenix.
She enjoyed sewing and handwork, but her real passion was cooking. When she took a dish to their retirement center dinners, that's where everyone went first. Her children and grandchildren all had their favorites.
Families include her children, 9 step-grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren.
An open house will be held at Tommy Vaughn's restaurant on May 20, 2017, from 2-4 in the afternoon, with a short program at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in the Grove City Cemetery at 4 p.m.
Published in The Morning News on May 17, 2017
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