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Joy Dean Verde
"The "Joy" in our lives"

07/22/1942 - 10/28/2017

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Joy Dean Verde

The “Joy” in our lives


Joy Dean Verde passed away peacefully in her home in Sandy Utah Saturday October 28 2017 after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

Born to Raymond Foster Dean and Lillian Marie Clive Dean on July 22 1942 Salt Lake City, Utah

Survived by husband James Marlo Verde 4 Children; Jill, Kim, Eric, Tony. 10 grandkids and 5 great grandkids

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at 12 Noon in the Fairoaks Ward, 586 E. 8400 So., Sandy, UT. A viewing will be held Thursday November 2nd from 6pm-8pm at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 So.) and Friday at the Ward 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.



I was born to Lillian Marie Clive and Raymond Foster Dean on July 22, 1942

At two years old Dad went into the Navy.  My Mother and sister Lynn and I traveled with him in the beginning before settling down in Salt Lake City. We lived in the house my father built himself with a little help from my mom.  When I was five years old we moved to Texas, then California for about two years and then back to Salt Lake City where we lived for a while and then to Las Vegas Nevada where I attended fourth grade.  After six months we returned back to Salt Lake City and joined the 17th ward.

I graduated from West High School (Salt Lake City) in 1960 and then attended Snow College.

I then married the love of my life James Marlo Verde in the Salt Lake Temple May 25, 1961 after meeting him and being set up by my sister Lynn and her husband (Dennis).  Jim and I settled into our home in Sandy Utah where Jim still resides. We then had our first child Jill in 1962, followed by second child Kim in 1964, then Dean (still born) in 1966, and then Eric came along in 1969 that was then followed by our last baby Tony in 1971.

I then chose to pursue my career in the LDS Church, where I volunteered at the temple square doing tours. I then volunteered as the hostess coordinator at the Relief Society building. Then I went to work as a Secretary in the General Relief Society organization with Elaine Cannon.  At this time I also volunteered with the 2002 Winter Olympics on Temple Square. Then I went to work as a secretary in the General Young Woman’s Organization under Ardith Capp. Then I became the Secretary to the Project Manager (Tom Hansen)  for the LDS Conference Center for four years, and then I became the Secretary to the project manager for the Restoration of the Nauvoo Temple. Unfortunately due to health issues I retired for medical reasons.

In the midst of all this I held several callings in the church on a ward level, including Primary Teacher, Relief Society president for 3 years, and also The Young Woman’s organization.

Despite my many medical health issues I was very blessed and fortunate in having the love and time making memories with my family.

I had a great time traveling with my son Eric to New York to visit the New York Temple, and saw Broadway productions, and toured many sites. Also did a lot of traveling with Tony while he worked for an airline.  Also traveled Europe with Tony and loved the sites there.  I did a Temple tour through America on Tony’s airline benefits with a friend. Traveled to Missouri for family thanksgivings at Kim’s house as well as graduations of grand kids Kaysha and Mandy.  Also on a separate trip for the Graduation of Crystal Draper in Mississippi when my oldest daughter Jill lived there.

My hobbies included in my earlier years being involved with an activity group with my husband Jim where we did skiing activities during the winter and running rivers in the summer including the Colorado River, Green River and the Snake River.

I was very involved with all extra curricular activities of my children including church activities, school dances, skiing with my kids, and supporting them in all their sporting events through the years till recently after battling with health issues including Alzheimer’s.

I had a special love for giraffes. I enjoyed collecting anything I could find that was giraffe related, and was gifted many giraffe trinkets, figurines, statues, stuffed animals, pictures, etc. to add to my collection.

A special Thanks to my Dear Friend that I have so much love for Eileen Anderson, who was there for me in friendship, love, and help through this whole process. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Also special Thanks to Rocky Mountain Hospice for all the tender care and professionalism that was shown to me and my family. Also a special thanks to Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary.

I had the honor of having my Granddaughter Kaysha spend good quality time together while she lived with me.


Special memories with grand kids is laying on the floor. We would tickle grandma for 1 penny a minuet. I don’t remember ever getting paid in pennies but the love and treats were more special than anything.

Also I have a memory of my Grandma Joy when I lived with her and Grandpa. I met my soon to be husband.  She would wait up for me almost every night to hear all about my day and my dates with him.  She would say; “I think you’re going to marry him” I would say; “Me too!”

I was blessed with 4 Children, 10 wonderful Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandsons.


Crystal Draper                     Shade

Danny Draper

Tyson Draper (Jullian)          Mossimo

Brenley Draper


Kaysha Donahue (Dustin)     Patrick     Nolan

Mandy Masters (Dane)          Walker

John Masters

Chance Knight



Dallon Verde

Paxton Verde



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  • Dearest Jim, Jill, Kim, Eric and Tony,
    God bless each of you with His comfort and peace at this time and until you meet with Joy again. It has been a pleasure knowing Joy and each of you these many years. So many memories that mean so very much.
    We love all of you.
    Gary and Judi Tisor and all of our family.

    — Gary & Judi Tisor
  • Dearest Verde Family, With a sad heart I read of sweet Joy’s passing. I knew her when she served in the General YW office, and loved being around her. She was always happy and spread abundant cheer. Know you are in out thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry I cannot be at her funeral, please accept my deepest sympathies. Ann Seamons, ( YW General Board 1984-1993)

    — Ann Seamons
  • The passing of dear Joy is a vey tender time . It is always hard to part with a loved one but a joy to know is is much better off and we will all be together again . My dear husband passed away just a few months ago and of course I miss him like you will miss Joy but I take comfort in the words of
    Consider the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith .” The spirits of the just are exalted to a greater and more glorious work: hence they are blessed in their departure to the world of spirits. Enveloped in flames of fire, they are not far from us and know and understand our thoughts and feelings and emotions
    President Joseph F. Smith wrote ” I claim that we live in their presents and they see us, they are solicitous of our welfare, they love us now more there .”
    It was a joy to work with Joy in Young Women
    Love and prayers
    Ardeth Kapp

    — Ardeth Kapp