Joyce Marsden


December 23, 1922 - October 16, 2017


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.  


Monday, November 6, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, November 7, 2017
10:30 AM
Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church
212 West 2nd
Mount Vernon, SD 57363


Mt. Vernon Cemetery
Mt. Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Brenda Gleave & Tony Gleave on November 6, 2017
Rest in peace Joyce. Thoughts are with you all in USA , especially Duane and Terry.
Posted by Amanda Bedford and Joyce Bedford on November 6, 2017
Aunty Joyce you was a strong women with the most biggest heart and the best sense of humour
ever. You will be greatly missed by all of us and your friends rip aunty Joyce all of our love from your family in Warrington England love you God bless fly high you have gained your Angel wings
Posted by Wayne & Sue Huber on November 3, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane & Vicki and Terry & Lisa and their families.
Joyce was a special lady and treasure our time we had with her. God bless you.
Posted by Michael Gleave on November 3, 2017
I am Joyce's nephew (Stanley's son) .I visited Joyce and Irvin on their farm between March 1969 and October 1969. I was treated as part of the family and the experience was the best of my youth.
I worked on the farm and when I returned to England I started farming myself. Pig(hogs) farming.
I always said I would return but I married;Liz my wife and a son Chris;a daughter Gemma.
Please accept our condolences to all the family especially Duane,Terry and Sue my cousins
Regards Mike & Liz
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