Barbara Joan Allen Pusey, of Boise, died Wednesday, February 27, 1991. She died at home with family after a long battle with cancer.
Joan was born June 10, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah, daughter of Alvin A. Allen and Mary Agnes Joan Ickes. She attended public schools in Salt Lake City. She graduated from East High School in 1947 with distinguished honors. She attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1951 with high honors in the College of Education. She was an active member of Alpha XI Delta sorority and the honor societies of Alpha Lambda Delta, 1948 and Phi Kappa Phi 1950.She married Paul B. Pusey of Salt Lake City, 1950. They moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Dept. of Defense at the National Security Agency as an the Journal Editor of an internal agency publication. The first child, Paula was born in Maryland in 1953. The family returned to Salt Lake City later that year. Joan taught in Salt Lake public schools until moving to Boise in 1956.
She was recognized for her work with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce/Bureau of Census in 1980 and as the Senior Election Judge and Registrar of Elections in Precinct #57 for many years. She volunteered much of her time to several community services including, the League of Women Voters, 1958-1969 the Idaho Consume Affairs Education Committee 1977, and the Secretary of State's Election Law Advisory Committee 1973-1975.
She devoted her life to raising six children. Upon a divorce in 1982 she was employed by Retirement Jobs of Idaho until disable by her illness in 1988. She received a Certificate of Recognition for her outstanding achievement in service to Idaho's Older Workers, from Governor Cecil D. Andrus 1990.
Joan was baptized in the Bethel Baptist Church in Salt Lake City in 1937 and subsequently, ordained as a member of the Southminister Presbyterian Church in Boise.
Survivors include: sisters, Mary A. Taylor, Boise, Idaho; Agnes Moritz, Venice, Florida; brother, J. Denton Allen, Sierra Madre, Calif.; daughters, Paul J. Dorney, Las Vegas, Nev.; Pamela J. Gary, Federal Way, Wash.; Patricia J. Marchant, Salt Lake City; Peri J. Pusey, Idaho; Paige J. Pusey, Salt Lake City; and a son, John B. Pusey, Boise, Idaho; three grandchildren; Joshua, Amanda and Victoria Gary of Federal Way, Wash.
We wish our mother a glorious journey into a better world. Our mother won a battle with cancer. She endured for many years and survived its excruciating pain without despair. She exemplified fortitude and fight. Her faith, strong will and spirit will be felt in each of us who knew her. We hope with God she will feel no pain, have no worry, experience eternal love and happiness. Thank you family and friends for your support and concern.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 1991 in the Alden-Waggoner Chapel. Cremation will precede the services. The Rev. James Moore, retired pastor of Southminister United Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Private burial will be Monday at Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise. Family requests memorials be sent to Hospice/Mountain States Tumor Institute, 151 E. Bannock St., Boise, ID. 83701.
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