Joyce M. Wright- Obit

Joyce M. Wright, 72, Fertile, MN passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, in her home surrounded by family and under the care of Hospice.

Joyce Mae Wright was born on March 5, 1949, to Elmer (PeeWee) and Theresa (Hagl) Cardinal in Crookston, MN. She grew up on the Iron Range and graduated from Martin Hughes High School in 1967. Joyce moved to Red Lake Falls, MN, and met Elvin (Bucky) Wright and they were married on May 3, 1969. They made their home in Fertile and together they had 3 children, John, Kari, and Jolene.

Joyce worked various jobs throughout her life and her favorite was working at the Fertile-Beltrami School where she could see her grandchildren and all their friends, who also lovingly called her “Grandma Joyce.”

Joyce and Bucky’s home was always a welcoming place for family and friends to gather and there was always a pot of coffee on. Joyce enjoyed doing many things like camping, gardening, canning, reading, playing cards, and baking. But by far Joyce’s favorite activity was spending time with her family and friends and attending her grandchildren’s activities.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Bucky, Fertile, MN; children, John (Stephanie) Wright, Jamestown, ND, Kari (David) Lehmann, Fertile, MN, and Jolene (Randal) Gorder, Gary, MN; 8 grandchildren, Miranda Lehmann (Zack Serebin), ShyLee (Brandon) Gregie, Maria and Seth Lavalier, Tori and Elly Gorder, and Garret and Avery Wright; 1 great-grandson, Blaine Gregie; and siblings, Janice (Fred Jr.) Landman, Red Lake Falls, MN, Roger (Sally) Cardinal, Red Lake Falls, MN, Lindt Tvedt, Crookston, MN, Karen Audette, Crookston, MN, David Cardinal, Crookston, MN, Dean Cardinal (Sandy Deroiser), Red Lake Falls, MN, and Jay (Carla) Cardinal, Red Lake Falls, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer (PeeWee) and Theresa; and brothers in law, Jim Tvedt, Bob Wright, and Jerry Audette.

Funeral: 10:30 AM, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Due to COVID 19 concerns please wear a mask when attending the visitation and funeral.

Visitation: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, November 1, 2021, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, with a prayer service to begin at 7:30 PM.

Interment: 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Red Lake Falls, MN.

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