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Joy Wilda (Cooper) Gover

Born: Sun., Dec. 16, 1917
Died: Fri., Oct. 9, 2020

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Stevensville - Joy Wilda Gover, age 102 slipped to a better world peacefully on October 9th, 2020 at the Living Centre in Stevensville, MT. "Grandma Joy'' as she was affectionately called by the many who knew her was born on December 16, 1917 on the Cooper Homestead in Meagher County near White Sulpher Springs, MT. After the Cooper Family gave over the homestead and moved to Manhattan MT, she attended school and ultimately graduated from Manhattan High School. Joy married William (Bill) Shadoan and they had 3 sons, David, Danny, and Doug. After Bill and David's accidental death, Joy and her 2nd husband Ken Gover, who proceeded her in death in 1980, had a son and daughter, Kelvin and Patty. They moved to Victor MT in 1966 to run a Husky Service Station and a small diner and coffee shop. She loved watching and cheering on the Victor Pirates and being a part of the Victor Community. Joy loved working in the Victor Community and serving others at the Box Elder Cafe, Victor Mere, Senior Center and finally retired at the age of 90 from the Victor School Library. The homestead experience shaped Joy's personality, she lived life as a strong, self-sufficient and loving soul. Watchfully taking care of everyone who passed by her way. Joy is proceeded in death by her siblings Alv, George, Bill, Howard, Blanch, and Junie; her step­ children Buddy, Vernon, and Barb; her son David; and her husbands Bill and Ken. Joy is currently survived by her daughter Patty; her three sons Danny and Ann, Douglas and Ruth, and Kelvin and Cheryl; her step-daughter Frances and Doug; and her daughter-in-law Gwin. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law Audrey Gover of Manhattan, MT. All of her family will miss her deeply. Services will be a Celebration of Life in the Spring of 2021.

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   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Kelvin, Patty, and All...
Just came across the notice in Msla'n. Still trying to get my heart out of my stomach. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a fixture of my childhood Joy was. I can see her walking down to the Post Office. And the Cooking! And her Garden! If she wasn't working, she was working!
The world is a lesser place without her. Sending Mental Hugs to all of you.

   Posted Wed October 14, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Joy was such a proud lady and I enjoyed working with her for several years. I loved hearing her stories of when she grew up. Rest In Peace Joy, you will be missed by everyone who knew you.

   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
We will miss you a lot sweetheart. Loved working with you.

   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
To Joy's family, I enjoyed the chats that I had with Miss Joy. She always made me laugh and shared stories about her kids. Shorty after a family visit I took her outside for some fresh air and to see the bunny. She asked me if we're going to get another one so we can eat them. When I told her his name was Roger she said well we better not eat him. The kids will get upset. She made me laugh! So glad to have known her.

Nancy S Johnson
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
To all of Joy's family I send Love and prayers. How well I remember eating many of her great meals when I lived in Victor. She was a special lady to all and will for sure be missed. God Bless you all and May Joy Rest in Peace.

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