On Friday, June 26th 2020, our loving mother, grandmother and recent great-grandmother, Joyce Ann (Gordon) Moulton passed from life on this temporal earth into life eternal with Jesus Christ.
Joyce was born on June 28th, 1948 in Enid, Oklahoma to Emmett David Gordon II and Lola Lee (Nelson) Gordon. The second of three children, Joyce’s early years were spent traveling with her family to various mid-western States where work was located until they found themselves settled in southern California. At the age of 16, while working at the local TG&Y in Long Beach, she met the love of her life, Philip David Moulton. Joyce graduated high school in 1965, and attended college to obtain her teaching degree, which was interrupted when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent the medical treatment available in 1968: full-body cobalt-60 radiation. At the age of 19, she was given a maximum of 4 years to live and told she may never have children. Too ill to complete her degree, she completed her cancer treatment and eloped with Phil on May 4th, 1969.
While Joyce was a homemaker most of her life, she sang alongside Phil and eventually her daughters and brother in the band “Shewbread” from 1978-1986, served as a cook and staff leadership in Youth With A Mission, Riggins, from 1987-1992 and also provided in-home child care for the Boggs Family from 1996-2005. After experiencing serious health issues, Joyce retired and eventually underwent heart-valve replacement surgery for the valves damaged by her 1968 medical treatments. Given an improved quality of life, the past 5 years have been a gift where she has enjoyed friendship and fellowship in her church, book club, and ladies’ Bible study. Her long life was nothing less than miraculous.
Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Emmett. She is survived by her mother, Lola; her husband, Phil; her daughter, Jeni West, son-in-law Gerimy “Ged,” and their three children Megan, Caden and Gavin; her daughter Crysta Waters, son-in-law Simon, their 3 children Courtney (Waters) Dersch, Samuel, and Joshua; Courtney’s husband Daniel and their son Derek (Joyce’s great-grandson); her daughter Deborah Rajkovich, son-in-law Corey, and their 3 children Lucy, Shepard, and Ginger; her daughter April Dougherty, son-in-law Logan, and April’s two sons Ashton and Grayson Krow. Joyce is also survived by her sister Carol Carlson and brother Dave Gordon. Joyce held a special place in her heart for Rob and Shari Gray Boggs of Portland, Oregon, whose children, Nicholas and Ava, she loved like her own grandchildren. Joyce’s children, grandchildren, and new great-grandchild were a source of great joy.
A celebration of life is being planned for the afternoon of July 26th when family and friends will gather in Riggins, Idaho and via live-stream to remember and celebrate Joyce’s life. More information will be posted on Facebook.
In memory of Joyce, a charitable donation may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization which assists in practical ways to relieve the suffering of the sick, oppressed, and impoverished, and offers the eternal hope in Jesus available for everyone.