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Joyce Roberts
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The family of Joyce Roberts is saddened to announce her passing.

Joyce (named Alice Joyce Zobell Roberts), 76, of Taylorsville, Utah, was born on October 4, 1941 in Provo, Utah to Dolores Lloyd and James Zobell. She was the oldest of nine children.

At four years old, her family moved to Ioka, Utah next to her maternal grandparents, Otto and Zelma Lloyd. In the new home built by her father, there was no running water and they had to bath in an aluminum tub with water heated over the stove and use an outhouse.

In 1959 Joyce graduated from Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah. In both junior high and high school, she received certificates for 100% attendance and always had good grades. She liked English and art the most and by graduation, she had read almost every book in the library, her favorite being Jane Eyre.

After graduation, Joyce moved out of her parents’ house and to Roosevelt where she worked as a waitress in a café, Steve and Neds.

Joyce had never visited Salt Lake before moving to attend the LDS Business College and was really intimidated by the big city. She took secretarial courses and worked at some temporary jobs, at the church genealogy program and finally at the Utah Insurance Department.

She quit school when she married her first husband, Alfred Abram. Together they have five children. They later divorced. Not finishing her college degree is something Joyce had always regretted.

Joyce taught the genealogy class for Relief Society and said it had given her more self-confidence than she had ever had in her life, at that time. To actually get up in front of adults and teach an interesting lesson, she said, was something the ladies seemed to enjoy.

In July 1993 she married the love of her life, her sweetheart Rex F. Roberts. It was because of him, she has said, that she learned she could be happy. She wrote of him in her diary, “I don’t know how I could possibly be happier. I have found the love and caring of this wonderful man and there is nothing I wouldn’t do to make him happy. I never thought it was possible to love someone so deeply and totally.”

Together, Rex and Joyce combine nine children from previous marriages and each and every one has been treated like Joyce and Rex’s very own and loved with all the love in the world.

Joyce’s hobbies were numerous and ever changing. In her younger years, her mother and grandmother Zelma taught her a love of sewing. They had made all of the clothes and coats she had until she was old enough to make her own. As an adult Joyce continued sewing clothes and quilts for herself and her five children.

Having studied drawing in high school, Joyce continued to paint with acrylics, water color, and oil. She was a prolific painter and each week looked forward to painting with her best friend and sister, Diana. It is a talent both sisters enjoyed and have bonded over. Her family is blessed to have her paintings and the legacy that each one carries.

Unsurpassed, her finest hobby was eating chocolate. Her favorite dessert was chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting, chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, and topped with chocolate syrup.

Throughout her she life remained active in the LDS church.

Through her cancer ordeal, she held her head up high, tried to continue with life the best she could, never wanting to be a burden to anyone, and never once asking, “why me?”

Patient, gentle and caring, Joyce never wanted anyone to hurt and often said, “don’t cause [bad] feelings.” That is how she lived her life, and through her children her immense kindness towards others lives on.

She is preceded in death by her father (James Zobell), sister (Kaye Roberts), and grandchild (Tyson Elton).

She is survived by her 5 children, Lynnette (Al) Neslen, Alfred R. Abram, Cheryl Abram, Kriste (Steve) Schronen, and Cerelia Abram; 16 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 4 step-children; and 11 step-great grandchildren. Joyce is also survived by her mother, three brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:00 am at the LDS church Westbrook 8th Ward, 4113 W. 6200 S., West Jordan, UT. Friends and family may also attend Sunday evening at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 S), South Jordan, Utah from 6:00-8:00 pm and on Monday from 10:0-10:45 am. Interment at Utah Veterans Memorial Park.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - South Jordan

1007 W South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095





10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Westbrook 8th Ward

4113 West 6200 South
West Jordan, UT 84084





11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Westbrook 8th Ward

4113 West 6200 South
West Jordan, UT 84084

Cemetery Details


Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery

17111 So. Camp Williams Road
Bluffdale, UT


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