Joyce Sorensen

Joyce Partner Sorensen was called home by her Heavenly Father on April 7th 2019. Joyce was born on May 28th 1949 in Panguitch, Utah to Thora and Harry Partner. She was the 2nd of 5 daughters and grew up in the shadow of the pink mountains of Henrieville, Utah. She was a smart and adventurous girl and had many wonderful stories about her and her sisters.

She graduated from Bryce Valley High School and went on to Dixie College in St. George, Utah. There she met Lee Sorensen who was a Vietnam War Vet also attending Dixie College. They were married for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple on June 28th 1969. They started off their adventure in Long Beach, California where Joyce attended and graduated from nursing school at Long Beach City College. By that time she had two little girls at home so she chose to stay home and be their mom instead of having a career in nursing.  Along with the 2 girls, she welcomed 2 little boys while she and Lee lived in Long Beach.

After 10 years in California Joyce was off to her next adventure in Las Vegas, Nevada. There they bought Bland Ford Housemovers and she and Lee ran the business for over 20 years. She added 2 more girls to their family while they lived in Nevada which completed their family. After many happy years in Henderson, Nevada she was off to her next adventure which was a move to Yuma, Arizona.

She was living in Yuma when her heart began to fail and she received the miraculous gift of a heart transplant. She was very grateful for the heart that allowed her to have more time on this earth with the family she loved so much. Her final adventure was a move to St. George, Utah where she would spend the last of the time she was given.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served faithfully in many callings over the years. Her example of loving service to those around her all her life has made a lasting impression on her children and those who knew her.

She is survived by her devoted husband Lee and 4 loving sisters, her competent and hardworking children Sheila Parise (Marcus) –  Henderson, NV,  Amy McKinlay (Matt)-Pocatello, ID, Howard Sorensen (Susan) – Yuma, AZ, David Sorensen (Heidi)-St George, Utah, Sara Patchett (Andy) –St. George, UT, Katie Sorensen- Pocatello, ID, and 21 smart and obedient grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 13th at 11:00 AM the Orderville, UT LDS chapel. A viewing will be held from 9 am until 10:30 am. Burial will follow at the Orderville Cemetery.


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