Joyce A. Christianson, age 85, of Hutchinson, Mother of Gary Christianson, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery in Broadus, Montana at a later date.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at 9:00 A.M., Saturday morning until the time of service at the church.
Joyce Ann Christianson was born November 23, 1931 in Miles City, Montana. She was the daughter of Ora and Dovie (Childres) Bethke. She graduated from Custer County High School in Miles City Montana.
On November 23, 1950, Joyce was united in marriage to Oscar Gordon Christianson. They had three children. Joyce and Gordon resided in Broadus, Montana; Clara City, Minnesota; Belle Fourche, South Dakota; and North Platte, Nebraska. They shared 56 years of marriage before Gordon passed away. Joyce moved to Hutchinson, Minnesota, following her husband’s death and remained there for the last 10 years of her life.
Joyce and Gordon owned and operated a chain of 3 department stores in Belle Fourche, South Dakota; Broadus, Montana, and Miles City, Montana, for 13 years. Joyce was also employed in the business offices of several medical practices. Joyce worked hard at whatever job she had in order for her children to have the opportunity to further their education and she took pride in their accomplishments.
Joyce enjoyed playing cards and was a member of several bridge clubs. She loved reading, watching movies and working on various puzzles. She loved listening to music and was once a pianist for her church. She had a very strong Christian faith and was usually involved in a Bible study group and church circle. She was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Joyce passed away at the Harmony River Living Center on July 6, 2017, at the age of 85. Blessed be her memory.
Joyce is survived by her:
Children, Gary Christianson and his wife, Peggy of Dassel, MN,
Dean Christianson and his wife, Susan of Ashley, ND;
Son-in-Law, Ed Eller of Onida, SD;
Grandchildren, Ashley Eller, Mike Christianson and his wife, Lara, Evan Christianson and his wife, Eva, Marcus Christianson and his wife, Paige;
Many other relatives and friends.
Joyce is preceded in death by her Parents, Ora and Dovie Bethke; Husband, Gordon Christianson; and Daughter, Brenda Joyce Eller.