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Marilyn Joyce Staebell

09/16/1935 - 03/16/2020

Marilyn “Joyce” (Carlson) Staebell, born on September 16th 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the late Floyd and Helen Carlson, passed away at age 84 on March 16th 2020 in Mesa Arizona.

Known as Joyce her whole life, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, Eugene “Gene” Charles Staebell; sister, Marcia K. Carlson; and grandson, Ronald Eugene Staebell. She is survived by her daughters; Kathleen J. Keyworth (Michael) of Granger Indiana, Connie J. Frenell (Peter) of Ada Michigan, and sons; Daniel L. Staebell (Linda) of Lansing Michigan, and Ronald E. Staebell (Terri) of Mesa Arizona. Twelve grandchildren; Joshua Staebell (Whitney), Nicholas Staebell (Ali), Amber Pitts (Sandoval), Elyse Staebell, Dani Appicelli (Anthony), Christopher Keyworth, Ryan Keyworth, Shannon Keyworth, Shawn Keyworth, Daniel Keyworth, Matthew Keyworth, Hannah Keyworth; ten great-grandchildren and one brother Reuben Carlson.

Joyce has been attending the Phoenix Bible Students class since she moved to Arizona in 1945. She became a member of the Mesa Mahnah Club in 1965, and to name just a few projects: she volunteered many hours at the Maricopa County Well Baby Clinic, delivered Meals on Wheels, and served on the committee that was instrumental in the start up of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa. Joyce also volunteered as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts and sold Home Interiors for several years. She enjoyed doll collecting, and was a longtime member of the Valley of the Sun Doll Club. Her other hobbies were: oil painting, ceramics, sewing, golf, and bowling.

Joyce is so loved by her family and will be dearly missed.

A memorial will be announced at a later date due to the current health crisis and health restrictions. A private gravesite service for the family will be on Tuesday March 24th 2020. Bunker Family Funeral Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, is taking care of arrangements (480) 964-8686.


  • Julie I McLaws

    Dan and LInda and Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I was privileged to meet your mom and found her so very lovely.

  • sue hart bailey

    i loved joyce so much and will truly be missed iwill miss all the lunches and breakfast we had together.

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