Joyce Windom, 64, of Alexandria, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Joyce was born in Owatonna, Minnesota, on June 13, 1946, to Stewart and Ruth (Johnson) Hanson. She was baptized and confirmed at the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church, and she graduated from Waseca High School in 1964. On August 29, 1970, Joyce was united in marriage to Merlin Windom at the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church.
The couple lived in St. Louis Park, and later moved to Fridley, before moving to Alexandria in 2003, where they built two homes. They also purchased a home in Mesa, Arizona, where they spent the past eight winters. She loved her homes in both Minnesota and Arizona.
During Joyce's working years, she was employed in the mortgage department for Midwest Federal until it was closed. She then worked for Lutheran Brotherhood until becoming disabled.
Joyce enjoyed going out for breakfast in Alexandria, and in Mesa where she had many friends at the Red Mountain CafAC.. She liked to read, travel, watch tv, and attend the Arizona Opera. Joyce enjoyed music. She loved her children Bruce, Clayton and Tracy and their many phone calls to keep in touch. Joyce enjoyed spending Thanksgiving with Bruce, Sally and Sara in Cave Creek and Tracy and Sotoes coming from California. Her grandchildren Sara, Cullen and Genesis were much beloved by their Grandma Joyce. Joyce also stayed in close touch with her mother, whom she called every day, and her sisters.
Joyce was active in the MS Society and a proud member of the Minnesota Street Rod Association, #469. Because of MS, Joyce was limited physically in what she could do, but she did not complain. She was a very caring person, and she will be missed very much by her loving family. Her special pets, Mickey, her dog, and Kallie, the cat, also miss her greatly.
She is survived by her husband Merlin; children Bruce (Sally) Windom of Cave Creek, AZ, Tracy (Soteris) Karoly of Huntington Beach, CA, and Clayton Windom of Ramsey, MN; grandchildren Sara, Cullen and Genesis; her mother Ruth Hanson of Devils Lake, ND, and sisters Nancy (Pete) Paulson of Seattle, WA and Diane (Curt) Britsch of Devils Lake, ND, and one aunt, Augot Hansen of Willmar, MN. Other survivors include her brother-in-law Allan (Maren) Windom, sister-in-laws Lois Windom and Carolyn Windom, and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her father Stewart Hanson.
Funeral service: 1:00 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at United Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake
Clergy:Rev. Bob Toso
Burial: Ness Cemetery, Elbow Lake
Visitation is one hour before the service