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Elsie Anna Joy

Elsie Anna Joy

Elsie Anna Joy, 96, of Linton, ND, formerly of Murdo, SD, passed away peacefully at the Linton hospital on March 6, 2014. She had been living at the Prairie Rose Assisted Living facility in Linton since 2011.

A service to celebrate Elsie's life will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11 am at Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo, SD with Rev. Ray Greenseth officiating. The family will be present for an hour before the service for visitation. Burial at the Murdo Cemetery will follow the service.

Elsie was born December 31, 1917 at Winner, SD to Louis and Gertie Pech. She reminisced about surviving the "dirty 30"s" on the farm and working at the Outlaw Trading Post in Winner. She graduated from Winner High School in 1935. Elsie worked as a telephone operator, hairdresser, schoolteacher and welder before marrying Louis E. "Pete" Joy. They lived in Spearfish and Huron before settling in Murdo, SD in 1953. Pete ran the International Harvester business, farmed and raised livestock. Elsie kept the books for the shop, rented a duplex to tourists and was secretary to the county agent after the shop was sold in 1963. Together, they raised three children.

Elsie enjoyed her many and varied jobs, gardening, fishing, sewing, crafting, kids, grandkids and a good visit over a cup of coffee. She was very active at the Messiah Lutheran Church and the senior center in her later years.

Those left to honor her memory include her three children: Janice (Duane) Baer of Linton, ND; Cal (Joette) Joy of Spearfish, SD; Jane (Wally) Greene of Sioux City, IA; grandchildren: Tod (Patty) Baer of Mandan, ND; Tammi Schuetz of Jamestown, ND; Matt (Heidi) Borchers of Graettinger, IA; Scott (Hannah) Borchers of South Lyon, MI; Nikki Casavan of Spearfish, SD; Marc Aaron Casavan of Spearfish, SD; ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.