Joyce Lenore Soelberg Christiansen, born May 25, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah, died peacefully in her sleep on April 19, 1998.
She was the firstborn child of Lloyd and Irene Soelberg. She was raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from South High School. Married Ernald Christiansen on September 7, 1947, in Salt Lake City.In her life she accomplished many things, but the one that gave her the greatest pleasure was being a grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked for Cobusco Steel Co., Universal Film Company, Delivery Service Company, legal secretary at the Clearfield Naval Supply Depot, editor of Sunset News, photographer and feature writer, religion writer for the Deseret News (1976-1982), photographer for South Salt Lake Bugle, worked in PTA and was past-president of Bachman PTA. Active member of the Utah Girl Scouts, and the originator of the Girl Scout Baby Award in 1980. Member of Northwest Multipurpose Center, and retired substitute teacher known my many as "Grandma Joyce." Host of radio show called, "Get Me to the Church on Time", public relations specialist, member of Salt Lake City Library Board, and appointed by the governor to the Utah State Building Board (1986-1994). Recipient of many first, second and third place state and national awards for her writings. Member of Utah Press Women's Association (1978-1998), and president (1989-1991). Contributed articles to Utah Life Magazine. Has been listed many times in Who's Who of the World, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of the West, and Who's Who of Media and Communications. Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rose Park.
Survived by her children, Lynda and John DeRushia, Randy and Kathy Christiansen, and Jill Dastrup. Also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was looking forward to the arrival of another great-grandson to be born this month.
Preceded in death by her husband, Ernald Christiansen, and a daughter, Melodie Baumgartner.
Our family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses, neighbors, friends and relatives who have helped care for Mom. She will always remember your kindnesses, as she spoke of them often.
Funeral services Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m., Rose Park 9th Ward, 760 North 1200 West. Friends may call at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Tuesday evening, 6-8 p.m., and at the ward on Wednesday, 10-10:45 a.m. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy.
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