Vivian Joyce Turner Stahle was reunited with her sweetheart Larry Stahle on December 31, 2022. Joyce was born June 20, 1933 to Martin and Signe Turner in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Joyce grew up in Venice, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. As a product of the Depression era, Joyce grew up “Turner tough” and learned to endure life’s imperfections and trials. Despite the challenges of her youth, she was blessed with parents with a strong work ethic that created family ties that lasted throughout her life.
Joyce attended Granite High School in Utah where she was one of the lead editors on the yearbook. Joyce’s yearbook, “The Granitian,” received the highest national award as a medalist rating that is given to yearbooks of distinction. In addition, she graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1951.
She married Paul Larry Stahle on June 24, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple where they were sealed by Spencer W. Kimball. Together they had two children, Corynne and Paul. As a family they lived in Salt Lake, Bountiful, Ogden, Manti, St. George, and Farmington.
Working alongside Larry, they ran two local newspapers: the Manti Messenger and Ephraim Enterprise. She also worked at the bank, and helped in the annual production of the Mormon Miracle Pageant. After they moved to Farmington, she audited courses at Weber State College while Larry was a professor there.
Together Larry and Joyce loved traveling, whether it meant taking the truck “Buleah” and camper “Goldie” to Yellowstone as a family to meet the Turner clan or experiencing the world on one of their 58 cruises. Travel brought them not only new experiences but lifelong friendships.
With a strong testimony of the Savior, Joyce prioritized her involvement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in many callings over the years. She enjoyed the years she spent with Larry serving as missionaries at Temple Square. Whenever possible, Joyce loved to attend the temple and feel the peaceful spirit there.
Joyce loved music, both playing it and listening to it. She was a talented pianist, organist, and played the cello in the orchestra at Snow College. She enjoyed musicals and listening to the Tabernacle Choir. When her grandchildren and friends came to her home and played for her or sang to her, she was always thrilled regardless of their talent level.
Joyce loved to learn. About 15 years prior to her passing, she began to lose her eyesight. While in her 70’s she attended Blind School and learned to read Braille. Despite this challenge, she figured out how to continue to cook, garden, and care for herself.
Joyce was Nana to 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She welcomed them into her home to swim in the hot tub and for holiday parties. Traditions she valued carry on today, such as always having lefse and steamed pudding at Christmas. Larry and Joyce gifted their children and grandchildren beautiful family histories of generations of relatives that they wrote and produced.
Since Larry’s passing, Joyce has frequently been asking why Larry has not been able to come get her. Their devotion to one another was an example to us all. She lovingly cared for him in his final year. We feel happiness in knowing that they are once again together.
We will miss our Mom, Nana, Great Nana, sister, neighbor, and friend.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Marty and Signe, and her eternal companion Larry. Joyce is survived by her children Corynne (Mark) Armstrong and Paul (Joan) Stahle, 8 grandchildren, 9 great- grandchildren, brother Bob Turner, sister Norma (LeRoy) Sturgeon, sister Carolyn Murphy, and her many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was blessed with loving neighbors that watched over her in her twilight years. She formed close connections with them, and they became like family. They allowed her to fulfill her final wishes of living independently in her home until the end of her journey.
Finally, we want to express our dearest appreciation to the caregivers at McKay Dee Hospital and Fairfield Village who provided kind and competent care to Joyce in her final two weeks. Your goodness will not be soon forgotten.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, January 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary in Farmington. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Canyon View Ward Chapel on 850 N Compton Road, Farmington, with a viewing preceding from 9:45-10:45 a.m.. Interment in the Bountiful City Cemetery immediately following the service.
For those wishing to attend virtually, the service will be streamed live at 11:00 a.m. on the Russon Brothers Facebook Page using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/russonmortuary as well as on this obituary.