Joyce Marie Rasmussen Mangum
07/12/1926 - 10/04/2017
Riverton, UT – Our dear sweet Mother, Grammy, GG, Aunt and friend passed away peacefully on October 4th, 2017. She was born in Midvale, UT to Aurelius Peter and Iva Delilah Rasmussen.
Mom grew up in Midvale, UT and attended Jordan High School. She married her sweetheart Norman Duglo Mangum on August 2nd, 1946 and was sealed later in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Mom Loved Life, Loved Family and Loved the Lord.
She was passionate about music, and had a great LOVE of singing. When she was in her teens, she sang with two of her sisters on the Eugene Jelesnik radio show, which was broadcast live. She also sang with the Mellodettes, a small group of ladies. The Rasmussen family she grew up in was rich in music and sang together always. She directed many choirs and roadshows throughout her life. Most recently she would lead the young Priests who would bring her the sacrament – she insisted they sing with her every Sunday!
Mom was a woman with many talents, and always shared them abundantly. She was an accomplished artist, and shared her talent with all. Each of her children and grandchildren have a painting she mastered for them. She was extraordinary at crocheting – and made scarves for everyone! Every woman she knew has at least one piece of jewelry she had made – beading was another joy in her life, and she was able to share more of her artistic talents in this way!
Joyce was a true example of service. She served in many church callings enjoying Relief Society, Young Women’s, and especially loved directing the Choir. If there was a fun party happening…you can bet she had her hands in the planning of the event! After losing her sweetheart in 2000, she served an LDS Mission to San Jose, CA as a Senior Sister Missionary, which was something she cherished. She touched many lives with her service.
She etched a smile and a song in everyone’s heart. Forever and ever…let’s seal it with a kiss forever my sweetheart.
Survived by her three children Dee Tibbitts (Steve), Norman Duglo, Jr. (Beverly), Todd Randolph (Conie). 11 Grandchildren who lovingly called her Grammy, 33 Great Grandchildren who knew her as “GG” and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren, one whom she ushered in from heaven the day following her passing.
You will be forever in our hearts. “Luva, Luva You”
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 9th beginning at 11:00 am at the Riverton Summerhill Stake Center, 12110 South 1300 West, Riverton, UT. A viewing will be at 9:30 – 10:45 prior to the service. A viewing will also be held Sunday evening, October 8th 6:00 – 8:00 at Larkin Mortuary – Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, UT.
Just a Breath Away
Look for me in springtime
As raindrops fill the air
In the splendor of a rainbow
You’ll find my presence there.
You will find me in the fragrance
Of April’s sweet perfume
Drifting through the clover
On a sultry day in June.
An August day will find me
Upon the summer breeze
On the distant sound of the thunder
In the gently swaying trees.
In the golden fields of harvest
Is where I can be found
As autumn time approaches
And leaves come tumbling down.
In the wintertime when days are short
And chill is in the air
Just look in to a moonlit night
You’ll find me lingering there.
When the setting sun has gone away
And shadows fill the night
When the cloak of darkness lifts its veil
I’ll be your morning light.
So when you feel discouraged
Get on your knees and pray
You’ll feel me there beside you
I’m just a breath away.
Written By: Marilyn Ferguson
Paintings by: Joyce Mangum