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Joyce Haddock Madsen (1927-2013) Obituary

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Joyce Haddock Madsen (1927-2013) Obituary

Posted: 1359320162000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Madsen, Haddock
Idaho State Journal, 01/17/13

Joyce Haddock Madsen passed away peacefully January 23, 2013, in Montpelier, Idaho of natural causes. Joyce was born January 12, 1927 in Bloomington, Idaho to J.Bryan and Lorna Margaret Haddock, the second of four children. She attended grade school in Bloomington and Fielding High School in Paris.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Vance Madsen on August 30, 1944 in the Salt Lake City LDS temple. Born to this union was Dennis Vance (1945), Edward Lynn (1948), David Haddock (1953), John Bryan (1955), and Marilee (1958). Vance and Joyce made their first home in Bloomington. In 1953 they moved to Pocatello for Vance’s employment on the railroad. While in Pocatello, Joyce began working at JC Penney’s to support missionaries and 20 years later decided it was time to retire.

Joyce was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in all the auxiliaries but mainly in Relief Society. After retirement, Vance and Joyce served in the Peoria, IL Mission specifically, Nauvoo, for 14 months. This experience was the highlight of their lives.

Joyce loved growing flowers. Their home in Pocatello twice won the “Golden Arrow” award for a beautiful yard. She loved the summers (but not the winters) in Bloomington. When they decided to move back to Bloomington, Vance promised her a large flower garden and raspberry patch. She loved them both.

Joyce had a great love of decorating, and took great pride in this. She was an incredibly hard worker and had a very kind heart. Always putting others first and keeping confidences was of the upmost importance.

Joyce loved to travel, enjoyed studying genealogy and especially enjoyed studying Church history. She had a great appreciation for the hardships and trials of early saints and benefits they have brought to her life.

For the past few years she has been homebound, which was her biggest challenge. Vance, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were Joyce’s greatest loves and joys.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Dennis, son John, and sister Marie. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Vance; children Edward (JoAnn) Madsen of Orem Utah, David (Paula) Madsen of Bloomington, , daughter Marilee (Gregg) Park of Pocatello. Twenty-three grandchildren and 39 and still counting greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Reed Haddock of Bloomington and sister Renee Bird of Montpelier.

Furneral services will be held Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Paris Stake Center at noon. A viewing will be held at the Matthews Mortuary in Montpelier, Sunday evening from 6 - 8pm, and also the morning of the funeral from 10 - 11:45am. Interment will be in the Bloomington Cemetery.

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