Joyce Marsden, 94 of Mitchell died, Monday, October 16, 2017 at her son’s home in Mustang, OK. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, SD. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7:00 PM at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Joyce Muhs-Marsden was born December 23, 1922 to James and Isabella (Hutchinson) Gleave in Warrington, England. She grew up and attended schools in Warrington.
Her first job was in a sewing factory, where she made shirts and pajamas for several years. Then during WW II, she worked building Wellington bombers until she married. On June 3, 1944, Joyce married Carl Howard, an American GI, in Warrington, England. Following her marriage, they moved to Napa, CA for a short time and then moved to Mitchell, SD. Joyce worked at Modern Cleaner and Laundry. Then, for several years, she worked at the Mitchell Methodist Hospital in the laundry, pressing nurses’ uniforms. On March 3, 1953, she married Irvin Muhs in Mount Vernon, SD, and together they farmed north of Mount Vernon. She became a US Citizen on September 14, 1965. When her husband, Irvin, became ill, she moved into Mount Vernon, SD. She worked at the Storla Nursing Home as an aid for twelve years. She moved to Mitchell in 1983. She married Delmas Marsden on August 11, 1990, and they continued to reside in Mitchell.
Joyce was a member of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for several years. She loved camping, traveling, family, and her dogs.
Joyce is survived by two sons, Duane Muhs and wife Vicki from Mustang, OK, and Terry Muhs and wife Lisa from Visalia, CA, as well as a special niece, Sue Huber and husband Delton, from Mitchell, SD, a step-daughter Beverly Duffel and husband Ron from Fort Pierre, SD, step-son Martin Marsden, eighteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren, sister in law, Brenda Gleave from Warrington England, and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Irvin Muhs in 1973, Delmas Marsden in 2011, her parents, and three brothers, Kenneth (Ena) Gleave, Stanley (Joan) Gleave, and Norman Gleave, step-daughter Dorothy Ann Percy, and two step grandchildren Mary Ann Duffel and Cheryl Hoffman.
Her life’s journey illustrates her bravery and compassion. Joyce leaves her family and friends with a legacy and memories of a strong and feisty woman.