Joyce A. Wilson, 66 of Boise passed away July 6, 2018. A Life Celebration Service will be held, Monday, July 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Bible Church (located at 7071 Emerald St., Boise). A visitation will be held an hour prior to service. A committal service will be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens located at 15862 Indiana Ave., Caldwell.
Joyce and her twin sister Janice Isenhart were born to James and Juanita Irwin in Topeka, Kansas on August 28, 1951. Due to the Kansas Flood that year, they were more than a month premature. Their Grandmother Fanny Fern Irwin shared to anyone that would listen, that they were so small that even together-- they both fit in a shoebox. Joyce,her sister, and parents moved numerous times over her young years from Stockton,CA; to Albuquerque, NM; to Grand Junction CO; where she graduated High School in 1970.
Joyce married Daniel Wilson of Harrison, AR in 1971, and had two children, Stephen Wilson in 1974, and Rhonda Wilson in 1975. Although the marriage, ended she persisted; moving onward as a Mother, a Daughter, a Sister, and an Aunt. She moved home to Boise with her parents for support in raising her children alone while she also supported her mother in her business. Her father was a Corrections Officer for IDOC in Boise, her mother a Regional Manager for World Book Encyclopedias. In addition, she worked as a Page for the Boise Public library for a number of years, and deeply loved serving her patrons there. In 1988, she lost her mother suddenly in a car accident. She moved to Marsing to support her father. She was diagnosed with Kidney cancer when her children were teenagers in 1991, and it broke loose into her bloodstream. She was advised at that time that she might not have long to live. She began intensive treatment. Shortly after this, she lost her father to heart complications. She bravely continued chemotherapy and radiation treatment, spent time with friends in prayer at Homedale Assembly of God ,and was able to go into full remission by mid 1993 (despite being told previously that she might only have months to live).
Joyce loved art and music and brought color to our world. Through all of her adversities she remained kind, loving, forgiving, and persistant. She attended several churches in her years but most recently celebrated with her church family at Heritage Bible Church.
Joyce is survived by her son, Steve Wilson and daughter in law, Jessica Blanchard Wilson, and Granddaughter, Emily Wilson of Emmett ,ID; Grandson Jim Wilson and wife Robyn(Boise), Her Daughter and son-in-law Bill and Rhonda Sheets and her grandson Dustin Sheets of Caldwell , ID and Her grandson Joe Sheets, and his fiance Kierra Green of Nampa, Idaho. Granddaughter Nicole Nunez, and her husband Trevor Nunez, and her great granddaughter Maddison Nunez of Nampa, ID . Last but certainly not least, her twin sister and brother in law, Janice and George Isenhart of Pendleton OR . Her great nieces Rebecca and Breanna Bull of and Jerome Idaho, Great Nephew Benjamin Bull of CO. Her Aunt, Pasty Ann Irwin of Manteca, CA, Nephew James Meinikheim, wife Kristi Meinikheim and two great nephews: Aiden and Bain of Sonora KY (as well as various other aunts, cousins, great nieces and nephews in California, Kansas, Oregon and Arkansas).
Joyce was preceded to Heaven by her parents James and Juanita Irwin , Her Grandmother Fanny Fern Fergus, an Uncle Wayne Fergus, and a Niece Michelle Kathleen Bull.