Joyce Loraine Willson, age 78 of Rosebud, Montana passed away Tuesday, September 21,2021 in Forsyth, Montana.
Joyce was born January 14, 1943, in Scranton/Bowman, North Dakota to Raymond and Eva Kirchheck. She went to school in Musselshell finishing her education in Miles City. On September 10,1960 she married Lee Willson. They moved to Rosebud in 1967.
While there, they worked for Swart, Schiffer, and Montgomery Ranches and she worked just as hard as all the guys. She took part in the Rosebud Sidesaddle Club Riding where she rode a sidesaddle Lee and her built. She was a longtime member of the Forsyth Horseshow, as well as 4-H leader for 15 years. She was also a part of the Rosebud County Cowbells. She raised sheep for many years and her love for them was obvious as soon as you entered her home.
In addition, she was a school bus driver for 30 plus years, she was a cook for the Montgomery Ranch, and waited tables at the Longhorn Bar and Steakhouse.
Her hobbies included sewing, leatherwork, and especially crafts, which she taught her grandkids and great grandson to do as well.
She is survived by her sons: Shane of Missoula, Travis (Becky) of Winifred, grandson: Derek (Liz) of Missoula, granddaughters: Kinder of Las Vegas, Kaycee of Rosebud, Kelsey (Justin) of Tempe, Kaci of Missoula, and great grandsons: Colton, Josey, and Jamey, brother: Denny (Sandy) of Miles City, Uncle Arne (Verna) of Canada, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws as well as many nieces, nephews, and great friends.
In addition to her parents and step-dad, she is preceded in death by her husband, daughter, sister-in-law, son-in-law, father-in-law, and brother-in-laws.
Celebration of life will be held at the Rosebud Park at 2:00 PM on October 2, 2021, with luncheon to follow. Everyone is welcome.
Family suggests memorials made in Joyce’s name to:
Rosebud Community Park Association
PO Box 72
Rosebud, MT 59347