In Loving Memory of Joyce NellaVee Ford
Joyce NellaVee Ford, a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grand mother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away on November 4, 2023, in Safford, AZ, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Poteet, TX on September 11, 1931, to Albert Clarence Thompson & Mamie Smith Thompson.
Joyce graduated Valedictorian from Thatcher High School in 1949 and then attened Eastern Arizona College graduating in 1951. On May 17, 1952, Joyce married Ben M. Ford in Tucson, AZ and the couple was later blessed with 2 children; Douglas Ben & Sheryl Joy Ford.
Being called a woman of many talents, Joyce had many occupations over the years; MVD, DES, Graham County Electric, and Kennecott Mine to name a few. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings.
Joyce was a remarkable woman who brought joy and laughter to everyone she met. Her vibrant personality and warm smile brightened the lives of those around her. She cherished her role as a mother.
Joyce loved the beauty of the desert and enjoyed spending time appreciating its wonders. She had a passion for genealogy, reading, crocheting, picture albums, scrapbooking, working in her home and around the yard, going to the temple, and taking care of her family.
Sadly, on May 16, 2011, 1 day before their 59th wedding anniversary, her husband Ben passed into eternity leaving Joyce to tend to things here. All of her siblings & spouses and Ben's siblings & spouses along with her son Douglas and daughter Sheryl have passed away as well. She was a pillar of strength and support to her family, and her loss leaves an immeasurable void in their hearts. Joyce's memory will forever be treasured by her loving family and friends.
To honor Joyce's life, a viewing will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Safford Stake Center. Friends and family are also invited to gather at the Thatcher Cemetery for the burial ceremony, where Joyce will be laid to rest in her final resting place alongside her beloved husband Ben.
We mourn the loss of a dearly loved woman whose light will continue to shine in our hearts. Joyce's memory will forever be cherished, and her legacy of love and kindness will live on through the lives she touched.
Please join us as we celebrate the remarkable life of Joyce Ford and find comfort in the shared memories of love and laughter she leaves behind.