E. Joyce Kinsey

Thursday, July 30, 2020
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E. Joyce Kinsey, age 86, of Glendive passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Interment will follow at Dawson Memorial Cemetery.

Joyce Kinsey was born October 1, 1933, the oldest child of Anton (Tony) and Esther Konig, at Mrs. Taylor’s maternity home in Glendive. She was raised on the banks of Bad Route Creek, 10 miles north of Fallon.

When it was time for Joyce to start first grade, World War II was on so there was a shortage of gasoline and rubber for tires, so her dad took her to school five miles on horseback. In the winter he put a wooden box on a sled and put her in covered with blankets. Sometimes it got pretty scary, as one of the boys in the eighth grade also rode a horse to school and he and her dad would get into a horse race. She would end up in a snow bank. Her second year she stayed at the teacherage with her teacher. Then her sister started school so her folks would take them, when she was in third grade. By the time she was a fourth grader her mom went back to teaching, as there was such a shortage of teachers, and all three kids stayed with her at the school.

Joyce went to Terry High School her freshman year and finished schooling at Dawson County High School in 1952.While in high school she stayed one year with an uncle and aunt. The second year her sister started high school so her folks rented an apartment and she worked at Skinny Russell’s High Top Ice Cream place and the Uptown Movie Theatre at night. Her last year of high school she went to school until 2:15 then walked down to Albrecht Café and worked until ten. She spent summers on the farm helping her dad in the fields, and anyone else that needed help, as she was the oldest grandchild.

In the meantime, she met a young cowboy who liked the rodeos and he turned out to be the most important thing in her life. Howard enlisted in the Army and they would correspond by a letter a day for many days, until she and her girlfriend decided to go to Camp Roberts, Calif. to see him. They no more got there and he got orders for Alaska, so back to Glendive they went.

Howard and Joyce got married the 4th of September in 1952 in the Methodist Church in Glendive on a very hot day in Glendive. Howard had a week off before going to Alaska so they went to Seattle, Wash. and Joyce stayed there with his sister until Thanksgiving when they went back to Glendive. She lived with Howard’s folks and rode ten miles to town with his dad where she worked at F.W. Woolworth until Howard came home in April after getting his discharge.

She stayed at home until her youngest started school then went to work for F.W. Woolworth from there to J.C. Penney Co. as shoe department head then as catalog supervisor. She had other less important jobs, mostly staying home and spoiling Howard, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Joyce spent some time at the Women of the Moose. She and Howard loved to dance especially the old time waltz, polkas and Schottische. One special time was when they got to dance to Frankie Yankovic’s polka band. Their children surprised them at Christmas with an all paid trip to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opery. It was the most beautiful gift ever.

Joyce is survived by a daughter, Pamela Jimison; sons, Bruce, Randy (Joy), Chuck (Shari) and Clarence (Natalie); 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; son, Tim; son-in-law, Allen; granddaughter, Heather; and grandson, Brad.

Silha Funeral Home of Glendive is entrusted with arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.