V. Joyce Behl


January 20, 1935 - December 6, 2020


V. Joyce Behl, 85, of Menno, SD, died Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Menno-Olivet Care Center. A private family graveside service will be at Farwell Cemetery in rural Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Viola “Joyce” Behl was born on January 20, 1935 on the family farm south of Artesian, SD to Clifford “Bud” and Viola (Mitchell) Williamson.  She lived there until her father’s death in 1938.  The family moved to a smaller house south of Artesian and then moved into the town of Artesian in 1940.  She attended Artesian Schools graduating from Artesian High School in 1953.  She later attended the General Beadle State Teachers College in Madison, SD for one year.   While working in Sioux Falls and living at the YMCA after college, she met Louis Behl and they married in September 1955. They lived in Scotland SD, Roseau MN, and Parkston SD where she lived for 39 years.  While residing in Scotland she worked as a bookkeeper at the Scotland Creamery writing milk and cream checks, in Roseau she worked at the Polaris Snowmobile Factory and in Parkston she worked at the Parkston Food Center and drove school bus for many years.  While working she was still a homemaker, wife, and mother. She loved to bake donuts, bismark’s and caramel rolls for her children when they were younger.  She was an excellent cook.

Joyce was a long-time member of the Methodist Church, the last 39 years attending the Ethan United Methodist Church.

In 2002 she moved from the farm west of Parkston to an apartment in town and lived there until her health changed, she then moved to the Salem Mennonite Home, Freeman SD in 2019, and the Menno Olivet Care Center Menno SD in October 2020. 

In her retirement she traveled to Hawaii, Alaska and took many bus tours to several states with one of her best friends Shirley Termeer.  She loved attending dance groups several times a week with her special friend Jim until his death in 2018.

She is survived by her two sons, Lynn (Terri) Behl of Parkston SD, and Lee Behl of Blackhawk SD; daughter, Joy (Wayne) Pierson; granddaughter, Brianna Pierson of Shelbyville TN; sisters-in-law, Wanda Williamson and Darlene Jones of Sioux Falls, SD; step-grandchildren, Christina (Randy) Wolford, Amanda Preston, Rick (Ashlee) Preston, Dean (Carly) Preston, Alexandria Pierson, Amanda Pierson, Andrea Pierson, Kaitlyn (Joseph) Brock; step-greatgrandchildren, Selena, Evan, Aubree, Kaden, Bentley, Dathan, Braidyn, and Issac; and many, many special nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Harvey Doyle, Earl Douglas, Keith Mitchell, and Arlen Royce; niece, Amy VanWagner; and special friend, Jim Freeman.

She will be buried beside her parents and eldest brother at the Farwell Cemetery south of Artesian, SD in Sanborn County.


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Farwell Cemetery
Rural Mitchell, SD

Posted by Betty Ulmer on December 15, 2020
Joyce was a wonderful friend and companion to me at the Salem Mennonite Home. I miss her a lot. She was always talkative and entertaining.
Posted by Deb (Murtha) Blondin on December 13, 2020
My sincere condolences. I was fortunate to work with Joyce at the Parkston Food Center. She was such a wonderful lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Dave & Lois Hamm Thurner on December 11, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the family. She was truly a kind and caring person, and one I was able to know in person at family reunions. We were separated by the distance of her South Dakota and my Indiana, but I still treasure the times we were together. She was a special person.
Posted by Wesley Hamm on December 11, 2020
Sorry to hear about Joyce. Our prays go out to her family. We're so sorry. However, the Lord's Glory goes out to Joyce. The victory is her's.
Posted by Audrey Stahl on December 11, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you. You have my sympathy.
Posted by Bill Pape on December 11, 2020
Lynn, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Bill Pape on December 11, 2020
Lynn, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Posted by Merrillee (Gukeisen) Osterloo on December 10, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Mrs Behl was our bus driver for a time. After that I would see her often in the grocery store. Always had a smile and a kind word. What a great lady!
Posted by Charles and Donna Korus on December 10, 2020
We met her at the JVC dances. Always had a smile. Such a nice lady.
Posted by Karla Hora on December 10, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Joyce was a great bus driver who was like a mother to each of the kids!
Posted by Shirley Baltzer on December 9, 2020
So sorry. May the family know my thoughts are with you! God Bless your family.
Posted by Shirley Baltzer on December 9, 2020
So sorry. May the family know my thoughts are with you! God Bless your family.
Posted by Russel and Gale Kurtenbach on December 9, 2020
Or deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your families at this time of sorrow.
Posted by Joyce A Haak on December 9, 2020
Joyce was a classmate of mine. COVID-19 kept me from visiting her in Meno. I will miss her greatly. She was a great lady.
Posted by Anna Ketterling on December 9, 2020
Sorry for your loss I remember her from the Parkston Food Center and she was always friendly to me she wil be missed
Posted by Marlys K. Hoff on December 9, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to her family. New her from Parkston Food Center where you were greeted with a smile. Then met her again at the dances in Mitchell. Where we always had to say Hello to each other. She was a sweet lady and will be greatly missed.
Posted by Katherine Vail (Peer) on December 8, 2020
Sorry for the loss. She was a relative and I had not seen her for several years. I know she enjoyed dancing and is in heaven now doing her dance steps. To her family my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you.
Posted by Gail Meyer on December 8, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Mrs. Behl was our kids bus driver for many years. We always knew she would take good care of them. She was a sweet lady and will be greatly missed.
Posted by Mary Freeman on December 8, 2020
My sympathies to her family. She was always such a delight to be around. She loved to go to dances with my cousin, Jim. She was also at a lot of our family gatherings and always had a smile.
Posted by Sharon Brech on December 8, 2020
Sorry for your loss, i worked with Joyce for a number of years at Parkston Food Center,. She was a very good co-worker and friend.
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