• Date Of Birth: September 6, 1936
  • Date Of Death: August 10, 2016
  • State: Montana

Joyce Rae (Joy, Vlasak) Kinshella passed at the Immanual Luthern Home in Kalispell, after a short stay due to complications of past cancer treatments. She was born Sept. 6, 1936 in Kalispell to “Ernie” and Ida (Becker) Kinshella. She was the forth of four daughters. She went to various grade schools in the valley and Flathead High.

She lived most of her life in Kalispell. The family briefly lived in Calif. and Eugene, OR. For the most this was always home.

She live an adventurous life. Her Father came from a large family, they were some of the first loggers in the valley. Lots of time and many Summer’s were spent in the various logging camps. Many stories were told.  Two she talked a lot about. As a very small child the range bull (who was mean) that hung around camp got her cornered in the out house for hours, until her father got back to camp. Then as a young woman she helped her Aunt cook in camp for a large logging crew. She spent hours baking pies for the next day. That night a black bear got in the cook house and made a horrible mess. She was most upset by the fact that he sat in all of them instead of eating them. So to this day if a pie doesn’t turn out, we say, “yup not even fit for a bear”.

In 1954 she married Robert “Bob” Joy in Kalispell, from that union they had two daughters.

In 2007 Mom met the very best friend in her whole life, Bob Bradford. They went everywhere and did everything together, she even started riding “Harley’s”. She had her own set of leathers and wore them proudly, she called herself a “biker babe”. She was still talking about the grand trip to Florida with Bob to see his daughter. 

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Ernie and Ida, two sisters JoAnn Hall,  Arlene Knutson, and two nieces. She is survived by her daughters Rhonda Stevens (husband Bob) and Sherene Joy. Grandson Brandon Dewey (wife Tasha), Grand daughter Ashley Dewey, sister Norma (husband John) McGregor, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families. Also her bestest friend Bob Bradford, his children Mitch, Jimmie, Tammie, and Debbie.

We want to use Mom and Bob’s good bye saying…”LOVE YA, SEE YA”

Our most cherished soul and beloved Mom and Grammie left us to be with the angels on August 10, 2016. Joyce touched everyone’s lives in the most sincere and beautiful way. She never let a moment go “unsassed”, or a person unloved. She was a woman of great strength, and if you knew her, you know she didn’t leave without a fight. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Joycie during her 79 years, among them: anything can be built from clothes pins and popsicle sticks, Velveeta cheese and shoe boxes were great drawer organizers, and NEVER break the rules. Her years were spent teaching her daughters and granddaughter to be strong, loving women and her grandson how to treat a lady. Joycie leaves her family comforted knowing she will be the finest guardian angel to the great-grandbaby she was not able to meet.

Joyce loved to dance, was a busy knitter, and spent countless hours crocheting doilies. She was quick to make anyone a pair of slippers.

Joyce had a great gratitude for hummingbirds, which symbolize the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. Her favorite knickknacks and decorations are those with “God’s Tiny Miracle”. Hummingbirds are said to express love more fully which describes Joycie better than anyone ever could.


Rest Sweetly, Joycie.


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