Joyce Stevens, 58, of Payette, Idaho went to heaven to be with Jesus on Sunday 16 August 2020. She will be forever missed by everyone who knew her. A Traditional Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 28, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. at the Cove Baptist Church in Cove, Oregon. Graveside will be held following at 1:00 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande, Oregon. Per Covid regulations, please bring your own chair (as we are outside for both the church and graveside services), a mask and remember social distancing.
Joyce, the youngest of 8 children was born to Nellie and Bob Mudd in Lebanon, Oregon on April 9th, 1962. Joyce lived in Crawfordsville, Oregon on the family farm. Joyce attended Crawfordsville grade school and subsequently Sweet Home Middle School. The family moved to High Valley, Oregon during 8th grade so that her dad and three brothers could begin Mudd T&R ranch. Joyce graduated from Union High School in 1980 having achieved the honor of valedictorian.
Joyce furthered her education by attending LaGrande College of Business and became a medical transcriptionist. She worked at Grande Ronde Hospital, Montrose Hospital (Colorado) and the medical clinic in Telluride, Colorado.
Joyce loved music and was proficient playing the guitar and piano. Her favorite musical outlet was church services and after church youth group meetings. In 1983, while leading the choruses, she met Paul Andrew Stevens. They were married in Cove, Oregon at Cove Calvary Baptist Church September 21, 1985. Three boys blessed this union. Nathan, Isaac, and Timothy.
Joyce considered others more than herself and made sure you never left hungry, thirsty or without having had a listening ear. She also shared music through music lessons and loved each student. No expense was spared to follow her sons activities. She cheered for the whole team as though each team member was the most important person.
Joyce always had time to fix a flat bike tire, give a kid a haircut, find lost articles, help out with homework – especially trumpet practice, and all without complaint. Joyce loved her family, kids, and orange kittens.
Most of all, Joyce loved Jesus. He was everything to her. Her whole being rejoiced and reflected the fragrance of Him.
Upon her death, Joyce was reunited with her dad Bob Mudd, sister Louise Erickson, and brother Terry Mudd.
Joyce is survived by her husband Paul, sons Nathan, Isaac and Timothy; Mom (Nellie Mudd); siblings Barbara Toweill, Janet Conyers, Ted Mudd, Kathy Hardrath, and Bob Mudd Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews. For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Joyce, the family suggests The Gideons or American Bible Society. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
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