Joyce Norine Burnett Henretty
Jan. 18, 2018
On Jan. 13, 2018, our Heavenly Father called home one of His very precious daughters, Joyce Norine Burnett Henretty. Joyce has been reunited with her beloved parents, sisters and brother, and now their family is complete in the spirit world. She was also reunited with her grandparents and granddaughter, Courtni.
Joyce was born Nov. 30, 1936 in Ogden, Utah to Warren Douglas Burnett and Florence Christensen Burnett. As a child, Joyce loved music, especially playing the piano and singing. She was also an accomplished baton twirler.
Joyce graduated from Ogden High School and Weber State College before receiving her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University in 1959. Joyce taught elementary education for 35 years – 30 years as a kindergarten teacher.
She was the loving and beloved mother of four children: Brian Henretty, Stacy Hirano, Shawn Henretty and Christel Lyons, grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of four. Her children believe that a more loving, compassionate, selfless, supportive, patient, cheerful or positive mother never walked the face of the earth.
Despite facing a myriad of difficult and painful challenges, Joyce always maintained a very positive outlook and cheerful disposition. Joy was in her name and she truly brought great joy and love to her family, her more than 2,000 students and all those who had the blessing and privilege of associating with her. Just a glimpse of her sweet and ever-present smile brought warmth, joy and love. Joyce’s love and compassion also extended to all animals. In addition to her many pets, for many years she fed and cared for numerous feral cats, even building a shelter to protect them from predators and harsh winter weather.
Joyce was an accomplished piano player and vocal soloist, who freely shared her talents in church service, including playing accompaniment, singing solos and in choirs and serving as the Manti Stake Choir Director for approximately 20 years.
Joyce is greatly loved, sorely missed and will forever be treasured and praised by her beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 27 at the LDS Church building at 295 South Main Street in Manti. A viewing will be held on the same date and at the same location from 8:45 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. A grave dedication service will be held at the Brigham City Cemetery following the funeral.