Joyce Gunter Jensen
August 26, 1931 – September 26, 2021
Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 26, 2021, and was reunited with her eternal companion.
Joyce was a selfless, gracious, and resilient woman who always put the needs of others above her own. She was born to Rufus M. and Lora Cole Gunter on August 26, 1931, in Arimo, Idaho. She met Blaine Jensen, the love of her life when she was young, she immediately knew that he was the one. There was never any question that it was the beginning of their eternal love story. They were married on March 4, 1947 in Brigham City, Utah, and were later sealed in the Logan Temple on June 29, 1964. Together they raised eight children.
Joyce was steadfast and immovable in her faith in Jesus Christ and was a stalwart member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all her life. Along with many other callings she served in the Stake and Ward Primary Presidencies. She served a mission with her husband in Tempe, Arizona.
Joyce was the epitome of hardworking service and embodied Christlike charity. Not only did she serve her eight children selflessly; she was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone she came across whether it be cleaning a house or making a meal. For years she worked as a cook at the Plain City Elementary School. She helped design the kitchens in Deseret Industries to feed the employees there. She was a phenomenal cook, and her legendary cooking is fondly remembered by everyone lucky enough to enjoy it. Joyce would often cook lunches for the employees at Blaine Jensen’s RV center: a memory that was always cherished by Joyce and Blaine. Sunday dinners were a ritual; the food, games and loving atmosphere were always anticipated by every member of her family. Her Sunday pot roast never seemed to run out no matter how many people gathered around her table. Joyce greatly loved to put on dutch oven and milk can dinners with her husband for their family and friends. Cooking brought her immeasurable joy. She knew that it was about more than just the food; it was about gathering people together in an environment of love and creating priceless memories.
Another of Joyce’s incredible talents was her skill as a seamstress. When her daughters were young, she sewed school clothes, cheerleading outfits for the entire team, and intricate rodeo queening suits. As a wedding gift she gave all 39 grandchildren a hand quilted and a hand tied quilt. After the passing of her husband, she pieced over one hundred quilts for her children, grandchildren and friends. These magnificent labors of love are still treasured by those who received them. She also made one hundred and thirty pillowcases for her great grandchildren, who love and sleep with these cherished gifts.
Her green thumb was visible to all who passed her house; Joyce’s garden was always immaculate. Her flowerbeds were unfailingly beautiful, vibrant, and neatly manicured.
One of Joyce’s greatest accomplishments was her ability to bring her large family together for years. From Christmas parties to Fourth of July celebrations to weekly Sunday dinners. She always found a way to unite her family in love and gratitude for each other. Her children and grandchildren meant everything to her, she sacrificed everything for them.
Joyce is survived by her children Steven (Carol) Jensen of Fruit Heights, Jerry (Kit) Jensen of Plain City, Craig (Sheila) Jensen of Plain City, Rebecca (Daniel) Couser of Kaysville, Lora Jane (John) Parker of Plain City, Robert (Kathy) Jensen of Fruit Heights, Nancy Joyce (Ross) Stokes of Plain City and Scott (Jodie) Jensen of Kaysville; thirty-nine grandchildren; one hundred and twenty-five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; and her brother Marvin (Carol) Gunter of Plain City. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Blaine R. Jensen of sixty-seven years, her parents, four brothers, three sisters, and her granddaughter Marcee Kae Jensen.
Funeral service will be Saturday, October 2, 2021, 12 noon at the Plain City Center Building, 2335 North 4350 West, Plain City, Utah. Viewings will be Friday, October 1, 2021, 6-8 pm and Saturday prior to services from 10:30 – 11:30 am at the Plain City Center Building.
The family would like to thank Shanna, Shannon, Sydney at Atlas and the amazing young ladies at Seasons Assisted Living.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Joyce’s great-granddaughter Molly.
Funeral services will be livestreamed. To watch scroll, to the bottom of Joyce’s obituary Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 12 noon, , www.myers-mortuary.com where condolences may also be sent to the family. If unable to watch at this time the services will be on Myers Mortuary website indefinitely.
Services entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary.