Joyce Peterson Hammond passed away peacefully at home on February 7, 2023. Joyce was born to Lloyd Leon & Ellen Adams Peterson on November 8, 1935; the oldest of 3 children. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Ogden, UT where she spent her growing up years.
Joyce met her husband, Stan Hammond, at an LDS Institute dance in December during her freshman year at Weber College. Joyce was engaged to a BYU student at the time. Stan knew from the moment they met that they belonged together. Joyce eventually arrived at the same conclusion, thanks to Stan’s encouragement. After a short courtship, they were married August 19, 1954, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Shortly after their marriage, Stan was drafted to the U.S. Army. Joyce stayed with her parents in Ogden, UT while Stan was stationed abroad. Upon his return to the States, the couple lived in Pacific Grove, CA until Stan was released from service a short time later. Joyce and Stan spent most of their early married years living in Logan, UT while Stan attended college. They then moved to Sunnyvale, CA to begin Stan’s career. They spent the majority of their adult life in Sunnyvale where they raised their family. In their later years they enjoyed time in Yardly, PA; Layton, UT; Centerville, UT; and Bountiful UT.
Joyce was outgoing, social, and a loving wife and mother. She had many friends and spent her time serving her family, friends, ward family, and community. Joyce was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings throughout her life, including serving as Relief Society President and Primary President. She also served in the Young Women’s group, nursery, and as a missionary with her husband at Temple Square.
Joyce spent many hours collecting and organizing her family’s genealogy, a gift that will be appreciated into the eternities. She enjoyed her association with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, where she was able to share some of the genealogical stories she had researched and learn the stories of other families in her group.
Joyce spent a lot of time serving in her community. When her children were young, she regularly volunteered in their classrooms. As they got older, she volunteered for several years at the elementary school library repairing books. Her commitment to her community led Joyce to regularly serve as a volunteer on election day. One of her favorite volunteer opportunities was working at a local hospital. She worked in the maternity ward and loved when she got to wheel the new moms out to their cars in a wheelchair.
Joyce is remembered for loving the simple things in life: A clean home, playing Skip-bo, reading books, doing puzzles, learning about history, socializing, and sitting down to watch a Western with a bowl of popcorn.
Joyce left an indelible mark in the hearts of her loved ones. Joyce is preceded in death by her mother and father; daughter-in-law, Elisa Hammond; son-in-law, Mark Merrill; and many other loved ones. She is survived by her husband, Stan Hammond; four children: Connie Bailey (Steve), David Hammond (Wendy), Karen Kerr (late Mark, Gordon), and Steven Hammond (late Elisa, Jessica); and twenty-six grandchildren.
We wish to thank the staff at Creekside Senior Living Center, as well as South Davis Hospice, for the loving care they gave during her final days.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18th at 10:00 a.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 N Main St, Bountiful, UT., where a viewing will be held Friday evening, February 17th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment - Ogden City Cemetery.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.