Joy Ruth Wiebe
Joy R. Wiebe, born Dec. 23, 1967, in Prescott, Arizona. A 25-plus year Alaskan, who truly lived up to her name … Joy: delight or great happiness. She had the gift of gab and could make friends with anyone! Whoever she was talking to truly felt like they were an instant friend.
Aug. 24, 2018, was the saddest, most devastating day of our lives. Sharing her greatness with those that did not know her is difficult because she was too amazing to verbalize. Our wife, mom, daughter, aunt … our hero, left us too early. Described by her parents as a loyal, trustworthy, adventurous daughter. Always on the go, one time when she was just one year old, she placed the car in gear and took off down the road, only to be stopped by her frightened mother who went after her.
An avid learner, she asked her parents if she could learn to read, beginning her early start to kindergarten. This desire to learn only grew, she was the most curious and wise woman, always sharing newly learned knowledge.
She was, among many other great things, a truck driver on the North Slope in Alaska. Truly a legend on the haul road also known as the "Ice Road." This is the place that took her life. You would have never met a more loving, caring, courageous person. A small woman in stature, but an enormous personality. She was a true adventurer, horseback rider and much more, the hardest worker we have ever known. To us she was a "trucker, Alaska, mother, wife, musher, and a horse, mule and dog lover." She was so beyond the best. We can't put into words how much she meant to us nor can we express how absolutely sad we are - we miss you Joy. Us kids will live for you and do all we can to make you proud. We will eat our veggies and never forget to help one another. You will forever be in our heart, our soul and will eternally be a part of us. The deep, heavy, overwhelming sadness we feel is because of all the love we have for you. We promise to think of you every day and remember all you taught us.
To see the world through Joy's eyes, check out her adventures on Instagram - @AlaskaMotherTrucker
She was born in Prescott, Arizona to James and Betty Pehl. She married Gregory Wiebe on June 6, 1997 ,in Fairbanks at the chapel in Alaskaland. She served in the Navy and National Guard.
She is survived by her husband Gregory Wiebe, of Fairbanks; parents James and Betty Pehl, of Fairbanks; daughter Christine, of Fairbanks; sons Levi, of Fairbanks (daughter in law Alexandra) and Matthew, of Honolulu (daughter in law Remi); multiple extended family, adopted family and friends … too many people to list.
Preceded in death by her brother Clifford "Lee" Pehl.
The memorial service will be held Sept. 2 from 2-5 p.m. at Fairbanks Seventh-day Adventist Church on Farmers Loop. Potluck to follow. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
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