Ruth L. Joy died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in Kalispell, Mont., at the age of 86.
She was born on July 2, 1924, in Big Sandy, Mont., to Edward G. and Sophia (Neste) Hansen. She grew up in Big Sandy and graduated from Big Sandy High School. She later attended Northern Montana College in Havre with a teaching certificate. She went on to teach in elementary classes and music in Libby and then in Whitefish in 1947 and taught third grade for many years. Ruth married John “Jack” Joy in June 1950.
Ruth en-joyed music. She had a beautiful singing voice and led the choir at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish for many years. She was a fantastic cook and entertainer. She also enjoyed golf, reading, playing bridge and traveling.
Ruth is survived by her step-children, Nancy Picucci of Florence, Ariz., and Sandra (Dewey) Hartman of Whitefish, Mont.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband John “Jack” Joy and four brothers.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, from noon to 6 p.m., at Austin Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be held at Whitefish Cemetery, Saturday, Oct, 2, 2010, at 12:30 p.m., with memorial services following at 2 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish. Contributions are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church Building Program or Immanuel Luther-an Home Building Program.