Joyce Transtrum passed away Dec. 19, 2012, in Montpelier.
Joyce was born Feb. 11, 1925, the fifth of eight children, to Walter and Orbie Ann (Findlay) Poulsen. She was raised in Paris, attended Paris Elementary, and graduated from Fielding High School in 1943.
She married her high school sweetheart, Merrill Transtrum, on Nov. 18, 1943 in the Logan LDS Temple. Born to this union were Randall Merrill (1948), Marilyn Joyce (1953) and Kerry W. (1956). Merrill and Joyce made their first home in St. Charles, moved to Montpelier in 1953, and throughout Merrill’s career with the Union Pacific Railroad lived in Pocatello, LaGrande and Idaho Falls. After Merrill retired in 1984, they made their primary home on their ranch in St. Charles and spent their winters for the next 25 years at their home in Yuma, AZ. In 2008, they settled in Montpelier.
Joyce was active in the LDS Church, serving in the primary and relief society most of her life. She was an exceptional homemaker and gardener, who took great pride in her homes, yards and flower and rock gardens. She was an amazing cook and interior decorator. Joyce was an incredibly hard worker. As a teenager, she was hand-picked to work at Lowe Drug, where she worked on and off throughout her young adult life.
When Merrill was in the Army, stationed at Camp Roberts, CA, Joyce went to join him at the base and made sure she had a job before she even saw Merrill. Joyce held a Real Estate License in both Idaho and Oregon, and took a variety of college classes during her years in Yuma.
Joyce always loved the arts and traveling. As a teenager and young adult, she was very active in the arts and in drama productions, performing in plays and doing readings for a variety of events. After taking art classes in Yuma, she became an amazing painter, a passion she refined for many years. She and Merrill were world travelers, having spent one summer åtraveling through Europe and a summer traveling through Alaska and Canada in their trailer. She visited all 50 states and had the opportunity to enjoy several cruises.
Of Joyce’s many accomplishments, her greatest success and joy in life was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Merrill and Joyce were married for just over 69 happy years. Merrill, their children, and grandchildren were Joyce’s greatest loves. She was the most supportive, kind, generous, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother that could ever be imagined.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Gwen Lau, Steve Poulsen and Nathel Lau and a daughter-in-law, Denice Transtrum.
She is survived by her husband, Merrill; children, Randall Transtrum of Pocatello, Marilyn (John) Bissegger of Montpelier and Kerry (Lucille) Transtrum of Layton, Utah; 5 granddaughters, Cari Su (Juan Luis) Andreani of Jacksonville, Fla., Tabetha Bissegger of Montpelier, Erin (Dru) Strange of San Diego, Calf., Whitney Transtrum of Pocatello, and Bailey Transtrum of St. George, Utah; 6 great-grandchildren, Kevin, Caroline and Christian Andreani, Marek Strange, Kason and Drake Talbot and siblings, Helen (Dean) Cook of Centerville, Utah, Marie Hopkins of Casper, Wyo., Faye Floyd of Pasadena, Calf., and Jim Poulsen of Idaho Falls and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral, under the direction of Matthews Mortuary, will be held Saturday, Dec. 29 at noon at the Montpelier Stake Center. A viewing will be held that morning from 10 until 11:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Bear Lake Memorial Hospital.
This entry was posted on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012