Joyce Adams Winters
May 27, 1935-October 7, 2021
Kaysville, UT Our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on October 7, 2021. Joyce Adams was born on May 27, 1935, in Logan, Utah, to Alden Swapp and Violet Larson Adams. By the time she was a senior in high school, she had lived in 34 different homes. Her vivacious, bubbly, confident personality and her love of people helped her learn to adapt quickly to each new setting. One fascinating place that she lived as a girl during World War II was Topaz—a relocation center, like an American concentration camp—near Delta, Utah. Joyce lived in Afton, Wyoming, during her early high school years, which was instrumental in shaping her future. Her friendship with Burton Winters blossomed when they were cast together as the leads in their high school musical. She loved Afton and was heartbroken when her family had to move from that beautiful setting, leaving many friends that were endeared to her heart. She graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City.
Joyce and Burton were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on June 1, 1956. Together they shared a love for music and the gospel of Jesus Christ, both of which provided the foundation for their lives together. After they married, she stopped pursuing her degree at the University of Utah so she could join Burton at BYU in Provo. Joyce worked in a variety of jobs—a long distance telephone operator, a bank teller, and a waitress—to help put Burton through college. She worked for a short time later as an elementary school teacher, and in subsequent years, Joyce opened a daycare, "Winters Wonderland." She also wrote feature articles for a local newspaper, as she had a knack and a flair for storytelling.
Joyce had lived for a short time as a child in Kaysville, Utah, and the small town had a huge impact on her. Remembering her love for this tight-knit community, Joyce and Burton moved to Kaysville to raise their family. She longed for her children to establish roots, something she lacked in her own childhood.
Joyce filled the world with beauty with her clear, high soprano voice. In Kaysville, she taught voice lessons to hundreds of teens and young adults who adored her, lifting them and greatly influencing them for good. Throughout their lives, Burton and Joyce performed together in countless musical settings, including concerts, hundreds of funerals, community plays, and other events. They sang for nearly a decade as members of the Tabernacle Choir, and performed in concert halls throughout the world. They passed on their love for music to their children and grandchildren. Besides singing and a voracious appetite for reading, Joyce had many other hobbies and interests, including sewing and embroidery. She never tired of creating beautiful things until her stroke in 2017.
Joyce led a beautiful life as a woman of unwavering faith. She was dedicated to loving people, serving others, and following her Savior, Jesus Christ. She often spoke of having a love affair with the scriptures. She served in many callings during her lifetime, some of which include Primary president, Relief Society president, and Sunday School teacher.
Joyce is survived by her six children, Mark (Liesle) Winters, Steven (Marcia) Winters, Christine (Kent) Hatch, David (Pamela) Winters, Alan (Jill) Winters, Jennifer (Dean) Taylor; 28 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Reed, Don, Ray, and Ellan Jeanne Pike; and her husband, Burton.
The entire Winters family expresses their gratitude to many wonderful friends and neighbors who have given their love and support, as well as to the many dedicated staff members at Sunridge Assisted Living who helped love and care for our beautiful mom.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kaysville Rock Chapel, 25 S. 200 E., Kaysville. Friends may visit family the same day and location from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Kaysville City Cemetery. -
Published by Deseret News from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2021.