Joyce Colleen Gentry was born August 26, 1939 in Twin Falls, ID the daughter of Bohus L. Stastny and Viviette (Ellsworth) Stastny. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 14, 2022 in Twin Falls, ID at the age of 82.
As a child Joyce grew up in Murtaugh, ID on the Stastny farm with her siblings, Darla, Gayle and Carol. She loved spending time with her family and playing with her many cousins and friends. Joyce and her siblings lost their dad when she was just eight years old. This was when Joyce's immediate and extended family became even more precious to her. Joyce attended school in Murtaugh and graduated in 1957. When she was a young adult, her mother remarried. Ed Reinhart joined the family becoming dad and grandpa.
In 1958 Joyce married Chad Browning and to this union Lindy and Kim were born. They later divorced. In 1965 Joyce met Robert Gentry and they married on November 22, 1965. Bob brought daughter Kelly, and Joyce brought her son Jeff to join as a family. While living in Boise, ID their family grew with the birth of daughters Carol Ann and Shelly, born exactly three years apart to the day! Joyce always said she couldn't have planned it any better if she would have tried.
Joyce attended Business college and worked in many different job settings. She loved going fishing every weekend with her family as well as camping and hunting when she could. One of her favorite activities was being a member of a women's bowling league; including her team winning many championships in Idaho. Joyce also took great pride in the garden that she and Bob planted every year, and canning which was a family event.
In 1985, the family moved to Cortez, CO to join Bob as his construction job took him there. Joyce was very active within the VFW women's auxiliary in Mancos. She also worked at the Best Western Turquoise Inn and loved meeting and greeting people while working the front desk. She was very sad to no longer be able to work after her health would not allow it. After Bob passed in 2008, Joyce decided to move back to Twin Falls, ID to be closer to her sisters and extended family.
Joyce loved any type of music and even became a member of the Old Time Fiddlers, playing the tambourine at their many performances. Bingo was another big part of her life once going to assisted living and skilled care. She took the game very serious and loved being able to use the tickets she won on all kinds of trinkets and prizes. Out of everything that she loved, her true passion was the love she had for the Atlanta Braves! She and our dad had watched them together for years and she continued to cheer them on and knew every player and all of the stats. She loved to visit with everyone, but just not while the Braves were playing. She took the games very serious whether watching on TV or listening to them on the radio. Joyce was very strong in her faith and was an active member of the LDS church. She is going to be missed dearly by her family and friends.
Surviving Joyce are her children, Kelly Vick (Bill) of Meridian, ID, Lindy Browning (Jacki) of Bonney Lake, WA, Jeff Gentry, Carol Ann Duran (Tim) of Dolores, CO, Shelly McPherson (Wes) of Norman, OK; 15 grandchildren, Shawna Linton (Chad), Laura Fite(Casey), Casey Browning (Julia), Josh Goeken( Frances), Zach Goeken(Michelle), Josh Gentry (Sasha), Kilee Peck (Travis), Ryan Gentry, Beau Duran (Heather), Mallorye Bane(Zach), Kiersten Duran, Cierra Duran, Miaya Duran, Gary Johnson and Jentri McPherson; 21 great grandchildren; her sisters, Darla Hancock and Carol O'Harra (Lewie); sister-in-law, Karen Stastny; aunt, Gerri Alexander; and many nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Robert; her parents; daughter Kim Moll; brother Gayle; brothers-in-law, Jim Gentry and Roy Hancock; and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Friend.
Graveside services will be held at the Arriola Cemetery on Monday, July 25, 2022 at 11 a.m. A family celebration of life and meal will follow.