Joyce Kays, of Stanchfield, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012 surrounded by her family at her home.  She was 70 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Joyce Maureen Kays, of Stanchfield, MN passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012 surrounded by her family at her home.  She was 70 years old.

Joyce was born on September 5, 1942 at the Pokegama Hospital in Pine County, Minnesota, the only child of Wallace and Pearl (Nelson) Olson.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.  Joyce attended Mora Schools, graduating from Mora High School in 1960.  She went on to attend St. Cloud State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Education and Art in 1963. For the next ten years, Joyce taught business classes and Art in Browerville, MN, Somerset, WI, and Braham, MN.  She continued going to college and earned 55 credits towards her graduate degree.

On July 29, 1967, Joyce was united in marriage to James F. Kays at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. To this union three daughters were born; Jacque, Jodi, and Jolene.  Joyce continued to work, first as a manager for Tupperware home parties for ten years, and then as the Administrative Assistant for the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church in Braham for 17 years.  Joyce worked for a short time at the Mora Chiropractic Center before retiring to spend more time caring for her granddaughters.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, and cousin Rodney Nelson. 

She is survived by her husband James; daughters Jolene (Kevin) Wojahn of Milaca, Jodi (Jonathan) Hackler of Stanchfield, and Jacque (Gordon) Nordby of Braham; son-in-law Chad Anderson of Stanchfield;  grandchildren Sydney and Lilly Anderson; Molly, Emily, and Olivia Hackler; Taylor and Andi Nordby; cousins Darlene (Charles) Kientop of Polaski, WI, Eugene Gordhamer of Staples, Larry (Carol) Gordhamer of Ogilvie, Betty Jo (James) Williams of Cambridge, and Rollin (Joanne) Nelson of Mora; many other relatives and friends.

17 guestbook entries for JOYCE M. KAYS

  1. Vicki Tollefsrud October 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending prayers of healing to all of you.

  2. Marion Larson October 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Often we wonder why God has chosen one we love and aren’t ready to lose. When God needs a very special person He knows just whom to take. Your dear wife, mother and grandmother was a very special person. I will miss her right along with you. I am keeping you all in my heart and prayers.

  3. Darwin & Marlene Nelson October 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Jim, girls and family
    May your faith give you strength through this difficult time. Loving thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Darwin and Marlene Nelson

  4. Art & Edie Kaunone October 17, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Deepest Sympathies to the family of Joyce Kays. Our
    thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

    Art & Edie Kaunonen

  5. Dawn (Mattson) Nelson October 17, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Jim, Girls and Families,

    Sending prayers your way on the loss of your Wife, Mother, Grandmother. She was a wonderful woman who I was glad I had the chance to know through my Grandparents and other family. Remember all the great memories you have with her over the years and cherish each and every one of them. May she Rest in Peace.

  6. Judy (Lindhart) Kadlec October 17, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    In our thoughts and prayers and may all the precious memories shared with family and friends give you comfort –

  7. Ruth Hagfors October 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Sending thoughts and prayers to Jim and all of of the family for the loss of your wonderful loved one. Joyce always brought a smile to the face of all she met along the way. Her vivacious personality and smile were so engaging. She will be sadly missed in the Braham community and in my heart.

  8. Roberta (Hagfors) Hedin October 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Jim, Jacque, Jodi & Jolene and families,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Joyce was a wonderful person! I have so many memories of her when I was growing up. Jacque, I spent so many nights staying at your house. I remember your mom always made us pancakes for breakfast. :) My mom also reminded me that I always loved your mom’s funnel cakes the most! :) She was a wonderful wife and mother. She will be missed! Take comfort that you had the honor to have her for so long and that she is now in no more pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


  9. Rory Wassenaar October 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Jim, Jacque, Jodi, Jolene, grand kids and families,

    Thank you all for sharing your families for so many years. Joyce sent Pam countless cards and gifts to help cheer her up during her 12 year battle with cancer and would encourage me to hang in there for my family. Joyce efforts on my families behalf has been very important to me and I will miss Joyce.


  10. Harold Soderquist October 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of a loved one hang in there jim

  11. Penny Hagfors October 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passimg, she will be missed. Sorry i won’t be able to attend her funeral, I will be thinking and praying for all of you.

  12. Jacqueline N Rice October 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. I last saw you and Joyce @ Aunt Nettie’s when my sister and niece were in town from Spokane. Perry and I will be unable to make the funeral but we will certainly be there in spirit. She was most gracious to me when her Mother passed, my dear Auntie Pearl. I still have the scarf she gave me. My deepest love and sympathy to you and yours.

  13. Beverly Robinson October 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Dear Jim and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I treasure my conversations with Joyce and the cute things she brought me from time to time. My prayers are with you.
    Beverly Robinson

  14. Greg, Margaret, Joshua, Ellen Kientop October 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Dear Jim, Jodi, Jacque, Jolene:
    Joyce was a wonderful person. Peace to you and your families. The happiness and courage that Joyce has shared with us all is the testament of her faith and her love of her family and friends.

  15. Julie Waugh Bundy October 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    The Kays family… I remember Joyce fondly as my Business Math teacher at Westview. Soooo many years ago! My late mother Phyllis Waugh and Joyce used to share a lot of laughs… thinking of all of you in your loss. Julie Waugh Bundy, Mankato, MN

  16. Angie, Chris, Adam and Rachel Navara October 20, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Jim and family,
    Thinking of you and sending prayers for comfort and strength. I have always admired Joyce’s sense of humor and gentle spirit. Her comittment to family and friends was known by all who met her. She will be missed by so many.

  17. Annette Erickson Burmeister October 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Joyce was my friend in high school. I have fond memories of fun we had together. She was a kind and caring person. God bless and keep you in His tender care.

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