Joyce Eileen (Brown) Henderson, 70, of Mesa Arizona passed away peacefully on Friday, June 8, 2018, at home with her loving husband of 52 years by her side. Joyce was born on July 29, 1947 in Seaside, Oregon to her parents, Leo and Frances (Witte) Brown. She moved to Craig, Colorado when she was 16 years old where she met and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Henderson, on July 31, 1966. They moved to Arizona shortly after where they have resided for the past 49 years.
Joyce’s deepest desire in life was to be a mother to a large family. Her greatest joy was her family. She was a nurturing mother to 13 children and a beloved Grandma to 51 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and was a devoted disciple of the Savior. Joyce was a noble and gracious woman. She was loving, patient and a friend to all. She always did her best to see the good in everyone. Her loss is felt deeply and she will be tremendously missed by many.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Gerald; her children, David (Melanie), Tracy Pezzi-Lewis (Michael), Ken (Linda), Brad (Elizabeth), Tiffany Anderson (Carter), Sabrina Wall (Thomas), Jared (Dianna), Summer Gardner (Trevor), Mandy Lunt (Andrew), Tyler (Leandra), Bryce (Becca), and Ashley; her siblings, Leo Brown (Nancy), Denny Brown, Jan Gates, Doug Brown (Darlene), Jill Storey, and Lindsay Brown.
She is preceded in death by her beloved son, Matthew; her parents; and her siblings, Howard Brown and Julie White.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 10:00am, with a visitation from 9:00-9:45am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hermosa Groves Ward, 2549 N 32nd St, Mesa, AZ 85213.