August 26, 1931 – September 26, 2021
Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 26, 2021 and found her eternal companion.
Joyce was a selfless, gracious and resilient woman who always put the needs of others before her own. She was born to Rufus M. and Lora Cole Gunter on August 26, 1931 in Arimo, Idaho. She met Blaine Jensen, the love of her life when she was young, she knew right away it was him. There was never any question of this being the start of their eternal love affair. They were married on March 4, 1947 in Brigham City, Utah, and were then sealed in the Logan Temple on June 29, 1964. Together they raised eight children.
Joyce was unwavering and unwavering in her faith in Jesus Christ and has been a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life. Along with many other callings, she served in the stake and ward primary presidencies. She served a mission with her husband in Tempe, Arizona.
Joyce was the epitome of diligent service and embodied Christian charity. Not only did she serve her eight children selflessly; she was ready to lend a hand to anyone she met, whether it was cleaning a house or preparing a meal. For years she worked as a cook at Plain City Elementary School. She helped design the kitchens for Deseret Industries to feed the employees. She was a phenomenal cook, and her legendary cuisine will be remembered by anyone lucky enough to enjoy her. Joyce often made lunches for the workers at Blaine Jensen’s RV Center: a memory that was always cherished by Joyce and Blaine. Sunday dinners were a ritual; food, games and loving atmosphere were always expected by every member of his family. His Sunday roast never seemed to run out, no matter how many people gathered around his table. Joyce was very fond of hosting dutch oven and milk dinners with her husband for their family and friends. Cooking brought him immeasurable joy. She knew it wasn’t just about food; it was about bringing people together in an environment of love and creating priceless memories.
Another of Joyce’s incredible talents was her talent as a dressmaker. When her daughters were young, she sewed school clothes, cheerleader outfits for the whole team, and intricate rodeo queen costumes. As a wedding present, she gave the 39 grandchildren a hand-quilted quilt and a hand-knotted quilt. After her husband passed away, she made over a hundred quilts for her children, grandchildren and friends. These magnificent works of love are always precious to those who have received them. She also made 130 pillow cases for her great-grandchildren, who love and sleep with these precious gifts.
His green thumb was visible to anyone passing by his house; Joyce’s garden was always immaculate. Her flower beds were foolproof beauty, vibrant and carefully tended.
One of Joyce’s greatest accomplishments has been her ability to reunite her large family for years. From Christmas parties to July 4th celebrations to weekly Sunday dinners. She has always found a way to unite her family in love and gratitude for each other. Her children and grandchildren were everything to her, she sacrificed everything for them.
Joyce is survived by her children Steven (Carol) Jensen of Fruit Heights, Jerry (Kit) Jensen of Plain City, Craig (Sheila) Jensen of Plain City, Rebecca (Daniel) Couser of Kaysville, Lora Jane (John) Parker of Plain City, Robert (Kathy) Jensen of Fruit Heights, Nancy Joyce (Ross) Stokes of Plain City and Scott (Jodie) Jensen of Kaysville; thirty-nine grandchildren; one hundred and twenty-five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson; and his brother Marvin (Carol) Gunter of Plain City. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Blaine R. Jensen of sixty-seven, her parents, four brothers, three sisters and her granddaughter Marcee Kae Jensen.
The funeral will be on Saturday October 2, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the Plain City Center Building, 2335 North 4350 West, Plain City, Utah. Visitations will be on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday before services from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Plain City Center Building.
The family would like to thank Shanna, Shannon, Sydney from Atlas and the amazing young women at Seasons Assisted Living.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Molly, Joyce’s great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be broadcast live. To watch it scroll, at the bottom of Joyce’s obituary Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 12 p.m., www.myers-mortuary.com where condolences can also be sent to the family. If you cannot watch at that time, the services will be on the Myers Mortuary website indefinitely.
Services entrusted to the Myers Ogden Mortuary.