Joyce Meyer, of Shakopee, formerly of Mora, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 at her home. She was 81 years old
PRIVATE MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at the Valley View Baptist Church in Shakopee.
GRAVESIDE SEVICE & INURNMENT will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora with Pastor Ivan Fiske officiating.
MEMORIALS in Joyce’s memory can be directed to the American Diabetes Foundation (https://diabetes.org/donate) or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (https://alzfdn.org/)
Joyce Marilyn (Erickson) Meyer, age 81, of Shakopee, MN, died peacefully Monday, November 2, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family after a long fight with dementia and diabetes.
Joyce Marilyn Erickson Meyer was born October 12, 1939, on the family farm near Quamba, MN to Herman and Harriet Erickson. She grew up on the Erickson family farm and graduated high school in Mora, MN, in 1957. She moved to Minneapolis where she met Gary C. Meyer. They both worked together in a gospel team of four working with youth in the Twin City Churches. They were united in marriage on January 25, 1958, in Quamba, MN. They moved to Grand Forks, ND, while Gary attended college at the University of North Dakota. During the summer of 1959 they lived with Gary’s parents in Benson, MN, where Gary worked as radio announcer/news writer at KBMO radio. Their first daughter, Vickie Lynn, was born in Benson. After a short stay with Joyce’s parents near Mora, MN, their second daughter, Connie Joy was born. Next, they moved to Shakopee, MN, and lived in a 27-foot trailer home. A third daughter, Sherrill Ann, was also born in Mora. Their fourth daughter, Debora Kay, was still born and buried at Mora. Daughter number five was Brenda Sue, born in Braham, MN.
They resided in their first home in Bloomington, MN, for five years. The next move was to Minnetonka, MN, where they resided for 42 years. In 2007 they moved into a townhome back in Shakopee, MN.
When they moved to Minnetonka, MN, Joyce began working in and out of the home. She worked as manager of a Dairy Queen in Glen Lake, located one block from her home for 6 years and was later employed in industry at LecTec Corporation, a medical device manufacturer. She also worked in the home taking in ironing and doing alterations for many people. Joyce was an expert seamstress sewing clothes for the family and others. She sewed suits for Gary, dresses and outfits for the daughters, curtains and drapes, a wedding dress for a customer, and bridesmaid dresses for three weddings. She also enjoyed making baby blankets for every grandchild and other friends. Joyce was well known for all her baking, especially at Christmas time when she turned out 100’s of dozens of cookies and other Scandinavian delights.
Joyce received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in her younger years in a Sunday School class led by her pastor, Rev. Harold S. Johnson of Quamba, MN. (Rev. Johnson also married Gary and Joyce). During the early days in Shakopee she was a leader in the Girls Missionary Guild program at Bush Lake Baptist. Her family presented gospel music concerts to upper Midwest churches and Sandstone Prison for many years starting in 1975 where she sang the lead. She was a member of Cross of Glory Baptist Church, Hopkins, MN, for about 40 years and Valley View Baptist Church, Shakopee, MN, for the last 12 years. Her faith brought her through the last years and days of poor health and in her suffering during the last few weeks as she often said, “I just want heaven”. These words were clear even though she could not express her wishes due to her aphasia.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Stanley (Joyce) Erickson.
Joyce is survived by her husband Gary; sister Jeanne (Phil) Halvorson of Mora; children, Vickie (Dennis) Tjaden of Jordan, Connie Creamer of Chaska, Sherrill Kemper of Staples, and Brenda (Paul) Proskey of Louisville, CO; grandchildren, Kristina (Lyle) Gutzke, Dana (Ray) Mattern, Jonathan (Tracy) Kemper, Rebecca (John) Baranick, Rachel Tjaden (Brandon Wellman), Noah Proskey, Jonathan (Kirsten) Proskey; great grandchildren, Raymond Mattern, Meghan Mattern, Ryan Baranick, Owen Baranick, Ethan Baranick, Logan Kemper, Sophia Kemper, Sammantha Gutzke, and Theodore Gutzke, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins who were all very important to her.