Joyce Christensen Lightbourn passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 1, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was 76 years young. She will be missed by all who know and love her.
Joyce was born on August 10, 1945, in Panguitch Utah, to Linford and Esther Christensen. She was born on the doctor’s kitchen table since the local hospital was not yet complete.
Joyce spent her childhood in Bryce Canyon, and American fork, Utah. Her family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho just after her 16th birthday. Joyce graduated from Idaho Falls High School. The following year Joyce went to New York to be a nanny. She attended Ricks College when she returned and received a junior college diploma from Ricks College in business.
After college she moved to California with her parents, where she met the love of her life, David. They were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on December 29, 1971. They had 5 girls and a son. She loved being a wife and a mother. But she especially loved being a grandma.
Joyce welcome many children into her home as a caregiver for over 34 years. She loved each child like her own. To Joyce they were family.
Joyce loved serving others. She saw a need and did her best to help others.
In 2015 Joyce and David retired and moved to Utah to be close to most of her children and grandchildren. She loved being closer to her Sisters and brother and found so much joy in the time spent with them. Joyce cherished the new friends she made, loved working on humanitarian projects, crafting with friends and spending time with family.
Joyce is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served faithfully as a primary president, gospel doctrine teacher, gospel essentials teacher, and young women’s president. She had a love of the scriptures and writing in her journal. She has a strong testimony of Jesus Christ.
Joyce has many talents. She loved the theater and acting in community plays, playing chopsticks on the piano, making carmel's at Christmas, cheering on her favorite Dodger baseball team and playing games with her grandchildren. We believe her greatest talent was making every person she met feel important. She made friends with everyone she met.
Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother Robert and her two sisters Linda Christie and Carol Wride.
She is survived by her husband David and her children Jana Knittle (Chris), Jeanne Stricklin (Matthew), Jenifer Conrad (Matthew), Julie Youngblood-Roper (Dave), Jessica Arman (Justin), and David Lightbourn. She is also survived in death by her 25 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild and her siblings Ann Searle and Kay Christensen.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 11 am in the Timpanogos 5th ward building, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 800 North 100 West, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062. A viewing will be held that morning from 9:45am to 10:45am. Internment will be at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park.
If you would like to attend the service of Joyce virtually, you can do so through the following link:
Meeting ID: 993 8938 9789