Obituary: Joyce Butts |

Obituary: Joyce Butts

Joyce Butts
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Joyce Butts

May 10, 1931 – January 15, 2021

Joyce Alene Butts, formerly of Craig, Colorado, died January 15, 2021 in Farmington, New Mexico. She was 89 years old. A viewing was held at the Farmington Funeral Home on January 18. She is to be buried in the family plot in Iowa Park, Texas, on Saturday, January 23.

Joyce was born on May 10, 1931, in Iowa Park, Texas. She was the second child of Guthrie Brannon “Gus” Young and Minta Lou “Billie” Kight Young. She had an older brother, James Kenneth Young.

Joyce was baptized into Christ at an early age and remained a faithful member of the church of Christ wherever she lived.

Joyce graduated from Monahans High School in 1948. Her yearbook says she was active in the Homemakers Club, Chorus, and Pep Club. It was there that she met and married Oliver Wayne Butts on December 24, 1948, in Hobbs, New Mexico. They had two daughters, Joyce J’Lea in 1950 and Kala Lawayne in 1952. They lived in Monahans until 1965 where Wayne worked for Texas Electric and Joyce was a homemaker. They then moved to Hayden, Colorado. They were divorced in 1982. Joyce would later move to Craig, Colorado.

Joyce started fishing at an early age with a cane pole. She fished the Brazos River and many stock tanks in east Texas. Fishing was her passion. She spent many hours wading in the Yampa River in Hayden and camping and fishing at Pearl Lake and Bear Lake near Oak Creek, pulling out one rainbow trout after another. After moving to New Mexico, she fished in the San Juan River.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and brother. She is survived by her daughters J’Lea (Tim) Driver of Fruitland, New Mexico, their children, Harmony Driver of Aztec, New Mexico , Heather (Phill) Gisel of Springhill, Kansas and Joshua Driver of Farmington. Her daughter Kala (Dennis) Bugay and their children Jennifer Bugay, Jason Bugay, Sadie (Jr.) Herndon, and Jonathan Bugay, all of Craig, Colorado. She is also survived by her Great Grandchildren, Kaleb, Caden, and Madilyn Bugay, and MaKala, Brenna, and Jarek Herndon, all of Craig, and Alex and Jack Gisel, of Spring Hill, Kansas.

Memorial Contributions can be sent to:

New Mexico Children’s Home

1356 NM-236, Portales, NM 88130

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