On Sunday, March 12, 2023 Joyce Ann Bivens started a new life of eternal joy, being free to move and pain free. She entered this world on November 17, 1963 in Kimball, NE, the daughter of the late Bill Bivens and Mary Ann (Joyce) Bivens. She was truly a Wyoming native in every sense of the word with spending her life in Laramie.
She attended St. Laurence School graduating from Laramie Senior High in 1982. She worked at WyoTech and attended classes at UW before she was diagnosed with MS. She fought this battle for nearly 30 years. Though confined to a wheelchair most of the time she had a winning personality and was a joy to be around up to the very end. Family and pets were the most important things in her life.
Survivors are her son Chase, mother Mary Ann, her brothers Tony (Heidi) and sons Ty and Cody of Courtland KS, Dustin (Yvonne) along with Sierra and Justin of Fallon NV. Aunts and uncles from Wyoming are Billy & Peggy Joyce, George & Ellen Searle, Jerome Joyce. Nebraska aunts are Betty Wittig, Rose Ann Gilroy, Karen R Bivens and Karen Bivens, and many cousins.
Preceding her in death were grandparents, Tony & Zella Joyce and Glenn & Hilda Bivens.
Her family wishes to say thank you to the staff at the Laramie Care Center and lvinson Hospital for all of the care they gave her.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2023 at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in her memory to the Laramie Animal Welfare Society or a charity of your choice.
Rest in peace! 💕
Rest in peace Joyce, a warrior re pain. Your personality and smile was contagious, a lasting memory to many!
Joyce was a wonderful girl—I knew her and her mom through Camp Fire. Condolences and hugs to the whole family.
I'm so sorry to see Joyce has passed. She is now with Jerry. May they be in peace together. Godspeed MS Warrior.
Joyce was one of the first girls that I had the pleasure to meet when I was a TECHER out there in Laramie! Whenever I made a trip to Laramie,Joyce would say you’re staying at my place and don’t say no because I don’t know of such a word! I will always remember her s beautiful smile and and laugh! And I think she and I got drunk a few times together,drinking Everclear Punch! And she out drank me 2 to 1 . My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾RIP my dear friend!
Although our interactions weren’t frequent, you always knew you had a friend in Joyce Ann. She was warm and friendly weather visiting here in Philadelphia or when we headed out to Wyoming. Her memory is forever in our hearts. Prayers for everyone who misses her. xo Eileen Finegan D’Angelo
I thought so much of Joyce. She lived life to the fullest, no matter the challenges. My deepest sympathy to Chase and Mary Anne.
It is tough to see an obituary for a classmate of mine since 1st grade at St. Laurence. I am glad that Joyce is no longer suffering. My condolences to all of her family and many friends.
Mary Ann, Chase, & Family, May you find Peace & Love in the days ahead.
May you have peace my friend. Love and comfort to all the family.
Mary Ann, Tony & Dustin, Our prayers are with you and your families. She was just down the hall from my dad at the Care Center and I would also swing in and say Hello. Ronda Schott Jackson
I am so sorry to learn of Joyce's passing. My sincere condolences to all her loved her.
My bluebird friend Godspeed and rest in orach
Joyce, you will be greatly missed.