When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran
Our delight, Joyce Rowene Day Basso, was carried away from her frail body in God's loving arms, surrounded by her family and loving husband, the evening of Nov. 18, 2011.
As a loving wife to her devoted husband, Frank, a tender mother and grandmother and a dedicated friend to countless others, Joyce had a glowing passion for life, for family and for people that will continue to shine down from the heavens, warming the hearts of those who knew her.
Joyce was born in Moab on Sept. 27, 1929 to Wayne and Rowene Stewart Day. She is preceded in death by her mother and father and survived by her two brothers Jack Day and Jerry (Frenchie) Day.
Joyce moved to the small town of Mutual in Spring Canyon when she was a young girl, where her father opened and ran Day's Coal Mine. She later moved to Price where she resided until the time of her death.
On Jan. 17, 1953, she married her soul mate and lifetime love, Frank Basso. Frank, who diligently cared for her and loved her with every ounce of his being, survives her. Their love story will continue into infinity.
A lifelong member of the Catholic Church, she enjoyed dedicating countless hours of her time to service and charity work. In 1971, she was installed as President of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Altar Society. She traveled to Denver, Colo., in 1972 to participate in the National Altar Society Convention and was eager to share her experiences with loved ones and other members of the church. She became Secretary of the Altar Society in 1973 and held the position for many years until her health would not allow her to do so.
Joyce's greatest joy was her love for Frank and the family created from that love. Together with Frank, Joyce raised four children, Cindy (Jack) Rogers, Shella Basso, Tammy Hufford and Shane Basso. As a mother, she loved and cared for her children without condition.
Joyce was a grandmother beyond compare to all of her grandchildren, Corina (Kenji) Otani, Shanti (Misty) Jones, Deshell (Pascual) Taberna, Jasmine Diamanti, Rittner, Edward and Mark Hufford, Nicole (Casey) Norton, Shanae Basso and step-Grandson Tyler Rogers.
She was blessed with great-grandchildren, Jarett and Nicholas Zamantakis, Gaiden Jones, Aniya Taberna and step great-granddaughters, Tayler Rogers and Kelcy Otani.
Joyce never met a stranger and touched the lives of many with her smile, generosity and contagious laughter.
Although her frail body kept her from doing the things she loved in the latter part of her life, her strength and courage are an inspiration to us all. Despite the difficulties she faced, her unyielding love for life and laughter, and the desire to be with her family, kept her loving heart strong right up to the end.
A Vigil service was held at Mitchell's Funeral Home Monday evening, Nov. 21, 2011 at 7 p.m. There will also be a Funeral Mass in Joyce's honor on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. All loved ones, friends and acquaintances are invited to join the family at Mitchell's Monday and Tuesday one hour prior to services.
The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Rocky Mountain Hospice, especially to Holly Gregerson, Tony Basso and also to Miguel and Noami Taberna for their graciousness and generosity.
Joyce will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her, but her love will linger in our hearts and her laughter will replay it's beautiful melody in our souls for eternity.
Goodnight, sweet princess, flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Joyce at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.