Our remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, sister, storyteller, teacher and friend passed away in St. George, Utah, on January 16, 2023, while her sweetheart Elden held her hand. Joyce was born July 2, 1931, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, by her parents, William Wallace Archibald and Inez Stephenson. She graduated from South High in 1949 and the U of U in 1953. She married Elden Erickson, her high school and college sweetheart, in the Salt Lake Temple in 1953. She taught school at Whittier Elementary five years before moving to Southern California. She was blessed to adopt three beautiful children: Kathylane, John, and Jeffrey. She left the classroom to enjoy years with her little ones. Upon their full-time entry into school, she then returned to the classroom, spending 21 years in the Las Virgenes School District in Southern California. She often said, “I loved every day of my career with the children.” She was a master teacher and received the honor of “Employee of the Year.”
Upon retirement, she returned to her school, Lupin Hill, in Calabasas, California, and taught classroom music for three more years. Not one to sit home, she invented a new career, that of “Mother Goose.” She served the schools and libraries of her community with a joyful diet of history blended with the fiction of nursery rhymes. In her costume, carrying her ingenious puppet goose, she traveled the western states performing her magic of storytelling and singing upon children and adults alike. Loving all things beautiful, she soaked in art, music, and literature. She belonged to two book clubs, wrote prose and poetry, and painted watercolors.
Joyce was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various church organizations. Music was her forte. She was a talented pianist and organist. She spent many years serving as a chorister, accompanist and organist. She loved to study the gospel and share it with others. The crowning achievement of her church service was serving two full-time missions with her husband. Their first mission was to Nauvoo, Illinois, where her musical performance skills and gospel knowledge were well utilized. Their second mission was to San Diego, California, serving at the historical site of the Mormon Battalion and greeting visitors at the San Diego Temple.
Inspired by the amazing experiences from serving their two missions, she wrote three books. The first was a book of poetry accompanied by photos she had taken. The second and third were recounting her spiritual experiences for her children and grandchildren. She was also dedicated to her pioneer heritage. She enjoyed gathering family history and spending time in the temple.
She will be missed by her husband Elden, brother Wayne Archibald, and children Kathylane Hess of Washington, Utah, John Erickson (Laurie) of Cambridge, Idaho, and Jeffrey Erickson (Sonya) of Washington, Utah. She is also leaving behind six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 24, from 2:00-2:45 PM at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. A graveside service will follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 E. "N" Street, Salt Lake City.
SPECIAL REQUEST: Due to scheduling restrictions, the time slots are brief. We ask that at the viewing and graveside service, you save your thoughts and condolences for the dinner that will begin at 4:15 p.m. The location for the dinner is being finalized.
RSVP: If you would like to attend the dinner after the graveside service, please send a text message to 435-313-1991 with your name and the number of people in your party, so we can make adequate preparations for the dinner.
WEATHER: Please prepare for winter conditions. The mortuary reports that the cemetery fluctuates between a few inches of snow to mud.
A beautiful life now resting in the loving arms of Jesus. ❤️
Aunt Joyce was always so fun to see you and visit with at Grandpa’s house. Then you and Uncle Elden moved but still say you two on your visits. To your family, so sorry to hear of her passing but rest assured she was greeted with open arms by her family on the other side.
I always enjoyed hearing Grandpa’s stories of his many visits to Aunt Joyce’s house in California. He “Loved “ attending to her rose garden.
The passing of a loved one is so hard, but the reunion in heaven must have been amazing ❤️ May your many memories of your Wife and Mom comfort you during this difficult time.
I miss my mother..
Best Mom ever...
Lots of love to eternity.
When I was five years old I rode the city bus from Sugarhouse all they way through downtown Salt Lake City every day just so I could have Aunt Joyce as my Kindergarten teacher. When I was five I was a flower girl at their wedding reception. You could write out the Thirteenth Article of Faith and every word would emulate Joyce. If there was anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report she sought after those things. She had the voice of an angel and her piano playing was it's equal. She was my mentor in writing poetry. I would send her things that I had written and she gave such positive helpful suggestions. She had the courage to stay away from anything that was degrading or bad and she had a sweetness in soul that was so delightful to be around. Her marriage with Elden was a team so much that you can't say either of their names without including the other. They both knew she was supposed to go first and with a strange twist of events, that's exactly what happened. Her brain was sharp and brilliant right to the end but her body was worn out with good works. She was loved by all who knew her. My husband Dave and I got to spend many happy hours playing cards, code names, dominoes, and putting puzzles together. We hope she has the deck ready when we all arrive. Love you Joyce, Elden and all your amazing family