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Joyce Lien

September 2, 1947 ~ July 11, 2017

Service: August 03, 2017 11:30 AM
   Location: First Lutheran Church
Graveside Service: August 03, 2017 Following the Service
   Location: Meadow View Cemetery

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..."

Our Dear Mother, Grandmother, Niece, Cousin and Friend is now at peace. Joyce Mae (Dunahoo) Lien passed peacefully on July 11, 2017, at Gallatin Rest Home in Bozeman, MT. Mom was born on September 2, 1947, to Esley "Sonny" and Joyce Dunahoo in Bozeman. She was their whole world and we are so thankful knowing they are all reunited!

Mom was preceded in death by her Father, Sonny, in 1968 and her Mother, Joyce, in 2002. And her beloved cat, Oliver, who she let me smuggle into our apartment even though we were not allowed to have pets.

Mom attended Hawthorne (K-4). Broadwater, in Billings, (5-6). Ennis (part of 7th). Willow Creek (7-8). The stories are she rode to school on horseback, through blizzards, uphill both ways ... man, are we ever glad to have modern transportation! And arriving in Belgrade where she graduated a Panther in 1967.

Mom was very involved in all school activities and remained friends with so many classmates planning their reunions for many years. She was involved in Rainbow Girls and Job's Daughters earning the title of Honorary Queen in 1966. This was one of her proudest moments, besides her children and grandchildren, of course. Although her grandchildren should probably of come first as she loved them beyond belief! In her heart, they were perfect and could do NO WRONG! "What happens at Gramma's, stays at Gramma's!!"

Her younger years were spent camping, fishing, horseback riding, building snow forts and dirt roads in the driveway. She learned to sew and spent hours making her dolls amazing clothes. Being an only child, her cousins were like her siblings and her aunts and uncles like second parents. Mom was always telling stories and always said she had the BEST childhood!

One of the many favorite memories was her family spending summers at the Durnam Cabin up the Gallatin Canyon. Picking lettuce in the Durnam Meadow. The Durnam family grew head lettuce for almost 30 years, shipping it throughout Montana. Mom loved her time at "the cabin" and was able to make even more memories there with her oldest grandson, Carson.

Following Graduation, Mom worked at the 320 Ranch as a nanny to Carrie, daughter to Jimmy and Patty Goodrich, who operated the 320 from 1959 to 1987. Mom remained great friends with Patty and attended Carrie's graduation and wedding. While working at the 320, Mom was fortunate to get to know Dr. Caroline McGill. Dr. McGill was Montana's first pathologist and female doctor in Butte. She was also co-founder of the Museum of the Rockies.

During that summer of '67, Mom met Raymond Lien, who worked at the neighboring Crail Ranch. They enjoyed horseback riding, ranch dances and the simple beauty of the Gallatin Canyon long before Big Sky was a destination resort. They were married in 1970. In 1973, they welcomed their daughter, Brenda, and in 1975, their son, Eric. Their paths parted in 1987. It was then that Mom moved back home, The Gallatin Valley.

Mom was very involved with all of our activities. She was a cub scout leader, girl scout leader, 4-H leader and never missed a concert or ball game. There were times we begged her to not come to a ball game because she would get a little too vocal with the refs. She still came! That passion carried over to her grandchildren, attending t-ball (or watching them pick flowers as she would say). Gymnastics, Baseball and Concerts. I know the recorder performances were her favorites. (Ha Ha) and many, many swim meets where it was OK to yell loudly because they can't hear you anyway. Just make sure you don't yell past the flags. Mom was an amazing Mom and Gramma. She loved unconditionally!

In the last year of her life, Mom was able to take her grandchildren to the Custer Battlefield Last Stand Reenactment, witness a dog, Duke, enter the Huckert home (which she said would NEVER happen) and attend her 50-year class reunion.

Mom spent many years as an amazing bowler winning many awards. She was a personal caregiver and loved spending time with people and listening to their stories. She worked as a ticket taker at MSU and loved her BOBCATS. Thanks for the vintage sweatshirt by the way Mom. She was so happy to watch them beat the Griz this past November.

Mom is survived by myself, daughter, Brenda (Lon) Huckert and grandsons, Carson and Jaxson of Bozeman. Her son, Eric (Julie) Lien and granddaughter, Kendra and grandson, Timothy of Billings. Many, many cousins, friends and her dearest uncle and aunt, Joe and Janelle Barnett of Belgrade.

The family would like to deeply thank Gallatin Rest Home and Hospice at Bozeman Health for all their support, care and love of Mom in the final stages of her life. She had so much love surrounding her.

Memorials in Joyce’s name may be made to Gallatin Rest Home, 1221 Durston Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715 or Bozeman Health Foundation (memo line: Hospice), 931 Highland Blvd., Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church by Pastor Sam Grayl.

Mom, Gramma, Niece, Cousin and Friend, we will miss you deeply and treasure all our memories and your love for us. Rest easy and be at peace.

"...and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!"

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