Joyce Ann Kelly

August 27, 1929September 7, 2018

Our amazing and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother left us on September 7, 2018 to join those family and friends that have been waiting for her in heaven. She was diagnosed with lymphoma stage 4 cancer in February and fought the battle for 6 months, the outcome was- “she beat it”! However, her little body just gave out.

Joyce was born in Salt Lake City on August 27, 1929 to Leo Martin and Violet Marie Peterson. She made birthdays and holidays full of memories for everyone, especially for the little ones. Family was her life. Throughout her years she enjoyed the company of friends while walking the mall in the morning, taking cruises to fun adventures, doing Tai Chi at the Senior Center, going to Wendover to play the “frog and princess” machine along with playing Bingo with family members and friends at the local Churches. She loved garage and estate selling. She was a supporter in watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports and participate in school activities. There was never a person with down-syndrome that she encountered, no matter the age, that she didn’t sit and talk to and give them a hug! She had a heart of gold and we hope it will live on within family and friends.

Survived by her husband Ray; children Janet Bruce, Sharrie Martin, Robin Kelly, Patti Larsen, Mike Kelly and Lisa (Rick) Bouillon; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews that she loved and adored.

Preceded in death by her parents and the light of her life, daughter Lora Jane (Shorty); Siblings: Ivan Peterson, Shirley Mora, Robert Peterson, and Nancy Middleton

A viewing will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Funeral will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. Family and friends may call 45 minutes prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity, Huntsman Cancer Hospital or “pay it forward” by taking a friend out for coffee or lunch.


  • Ray Kelly, Husband
  • Janet Bruce, Daughter
  • Sharrie Martin, Daughter
  • Robin Kelly, Daughter
  • Patti Larsen, Daughter
  • Mike Kelly, Son
  • Lissa (Rick) Bouillon, Daughter
  • She is also survived by Thirteen grandchildren, Twenty great grandchildren and
    Three great-great grandchildren who will cherish hermemory.

  • Mike Kelly, Casket Bearer
  • Riley Bouillon, Casket Bearer
  • Casey Bouillon, Casket Bearer
  • Patrick Larsen, Casket Bearer
  • Kelly Martin, Casket Bearer
  • Adam Martin, Casket Bearer


  • Viewing Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Viewing Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2018

Joyce Ann Kelly

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Cheryl Rhea Parry

September 15, 2018

This is Cheryl Parry, Lajuana Johnson Rhea,s daughter. Joyce was Moms very best friend when they were growing up and their friendship continued until Mom's death in 2013. Oh the stories my mom would tell me about them. Joyce and Ray invited them to their home just a few months after my mom and dad were married. They had split up for a while when they found out mom was going to have me. They got back together when they they talked. Dad joined the army but was home on leave when I was born in June 1946. Mom and Dad stayed together for many years and added five more childeren to their family. My Mom just loved talking to your Mom on the phone. They had so many memories to share. I talked to your mom just after my mom's passing, She was so thankful that I had called and so sorry to lose her best friend. I know Joyce and mom are having a great reunion in heaven right now. Your mom was such a gracious and loving person. So sorry to hear about her passing
One of her daughters came to my mom,s viewing and that was so thoughtful of your family. Your Mom was on a cruise and I knew she would have been there if she could. I couldn't make it to day to her services. But your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Cheryl Rhea Parry