Joyce Elaine Lutyen was born on November 2, 1935, in Minonk, Illinois. She was pretty, popular, and loved by everyone. Her favorite person was her father who spoiled her rotten. Some of her best memories were their spontaneous ice cream dates right before dinner. She is the only surviving child of her parents, having one younger brother who died at birth. On the morning of Friday April 23, 2021, she was finally able to meet him. She died peacefully in her home with her loving partner, Neal Lundberg, holding her hand. Joyce married young and had 5 children. She later divorced and eventually remarried to Harry Vandever. They had a wonderful marriage, spending the biggest part of their lives together in Las Vegas, Nevada, where her two youngest children, Conrad Kirschner and Lisa Mclain also lived. After many hard working years, they both retired and were able to enjoy some peaceful years together. Some of their greatest adventures were traveling in their RV. Joyce loved traveling and enjoying her visits with family in many states, especially her daughter, Sandee Palluck, and family in Minnesota. Joyce and Harry eventually relocated to Louisiana and spent time living near her daughter, Joyce Bennett, and family. After Harry’s death, Joyce relocated to Utah to be near her daughter, Connie Cowley, and family. She spend many happy years in Cedar City where she enjoyed volunteering at the local senior center. Joyce was a dedicated Presbyterian and loved serving her church family. Joyce’s favorite hobbies were bowling and reading. She especially loved murder mysteries. She said that if she had been able to choose her profession it would have been Homicide Investigation. Joyce was a beautiful lady who was seldom seen without her hair and makeup done. She took great pride in her long fingernails that were always perfectly painted. Her first love was Elvis Presley. She celebrated her last birthday with a big party complete with an Elvis impersonator. She had the time of her life! Joyce lived a full life. She was always surrounded and cared for by family and friends who loved her and will miss her greatly. She was preceded in death by her son Conrad, grandson Scott, and great grandson Kyle. She leaves behind 4 daughters, 15 grandchildren and countless great and great-great grandchildren. She will forever live on in our hearts and through our stories. We love you G Dawg!
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Funeral services will be held on Friday April 30, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Presbyterian Church in Cedar City, Utah. A viewing will be held just prior to the service at 10:30 am. Under the direction of Affordable Funeral Services 435-586-3456.