Joyce Ann Mitchell

Born: Tue., Jan. 22, 1946
Died: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

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Joyce Ann Mitchell, age 72, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from a relatively short battle with lung cancer.   Born on January 22, 1946 in St.  Ignatius, Joyce lived at various places in the Mission Valley and was able to spend the last few years fixing up her childhood home east of St. Ignatius, Montana.  

Joyce married Stanley Gilbert Gies out of high school and had three children from there marriage. She was sadly preceded in death by one son, Stan Ray Gies at age 46 in 2014 and his two children, Cade and Amber, now live in Billings, Montana.   The two surviving sons are Guy Gies (Susan) & grandsons Cory and Jorren of St. Ignatius, and Wade Gies (Cauline) & grandchildren Crosby, Price, Dryden, Samuel and Lillian (Alex) & great granddaughters Remi and Aria all of Fairbanks, Alaska.  

Also preceding her in death were the children’s father in 2016 as well as parents

Harold & Alice Mitchell and siblings Harold Jr., MaryLou (Tootsie), Wayne, Leo, Robert, Shirley and Thomas.  Her only surviving sibling is Delores Adams of Arlee, Montana along with numerous nieces and nephews.  

Joyce attended cosmetology school and worked as a hairdresser for a time in Missoula, Ronan and St. Ignatius.  She later earned a degree in Early Elementary Education and worked with children in the Pablo Head Start Program for eight years.  She adored her flowers & gardening and oil painting.  She also enjoyed playing a guitar and singing and often participated in jam sessions with several other musicians and family.

Joyce & her quick infectious laugh will be missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the nieces and nephews who spent time with her growing up and her close friends, cousins and her  sister & brother-in-laws.   Her deep faith in God gave her much comfort in her life and now in her death, is providing much comfort to her family.

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