Joyce LaRue Mecham Lewis
-- 1932 ~ 2011 --

AMERCAN FORK, Utah – Joyce LaRue (Mecham) Lewis of American Fork, Utah, passed away at home Wednesday, September 21, 2011 surrounded by her family and loving husband.

On November 21, 1932, in Burley Idaho, the first daughter of Parley and Louie Mae (Wardle) Mecham, Joyce arrived in this world prematurely. Luckily, her grandmother was a midwife and saved Joyce’s life using a homemade incubator made up of a shoebox stuffed with cotton, placed on the door of the stove. That was the first of many struggles Joyce would overcome.

Joyce was a tender loving child, possessing a natural desire to help and serve others selflessly and she learned the meaning of hard work at a young age. Joyce worked the fields on the family farm with her father and older brother. She often tended her younger brother and cousins. Joy, as her family liked to call her, served in Young Women’s and many years in Primary in the Paul, Idaho, Emerson Ward of the LDS Church.

A graduate of Heyburn High School, Joyce married Victor Charles Engkraf of Rupert, Idaho in 1950. The couple had seven children, five daughters and two sons and endured the loss of one infant girl. Joyce and Victor lived in both Idaho and Washington before building a home and settling in Paul, Idaho in 1962. Joyce worked at Kraft Foods in Rupert for a time. After their divorce in 1971, Joyce and the younger children stayed in the Paul home and Joyce began working at the Burley Inn Café.

In 1972, Joyce married Roy Lewis, a single father from Twin Falls with three boys. Shortly thereafter, she began working at Ore Ida Foods. Their marriage was full of joy and challenges as Roy and Joyce endeavored to bring the two families together. They had one son together in 1974 making Joyce a member of the "his, mine and ours" club and they solemnized their marriage in the Salt Lake City Temple on August 7, 1976.

Joyce’s family was her true happiness. She cherished holidays and family reunions and worked tirelessly to create opportunities for her siblings, parents, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to spend time together. She provided her family with countless memories and showered everyone with love and food, just like her mother. Anyone that came to her house got a meal whether they were hungry or not. True to her nature, Joyce cared for her ailing mother and mother-in-law. She and Roy took them both into their home when they could no longer live alone. During this time she worked a full time job and had a teenage son at home.

Joyce retired in 1998 from Ore Ida Foods after 25 years. After retiring, Joyce struggled with heart disease and in 2002 had bypass surgery. She suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005 which forced her and Roy to leave their home in Idaho. They moved closer to family and advanced medical care in Utah County where they have lived for the past six years.

Joyce had incredible faith in people and everyone she loved. She had a contagious laugh. She was always spotted smiling and was happiest with a baby on her lap. She served her family and loved ones unconditionally. Joyce was a loving and giving soul who made all of us who knew her better people.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Roy; brothers, Verl Mecham and Bruce Mecham; sisters, Jane (Mecham) Adamson and Connie (Mecham) Campbell; daughters, Vicki (Engkraf) Goodwin, Joanna (Engkraf) Carter, Cindy (Engkraf) Bird, Jeanne (Engkraf) McEwan; sons, Larry Engkraf, Michael Engkraf and James Lewis; stepsons, LeRoy Lewis, Gary Lewis and Clark Lewis; 30 grandchildren; 30great-grandchildren. Joyce was preceded in death by her infant daughter Raelene, and her parents Parley and Louie Mae (Wardle) Mecham.

A viewing will be held in American Fork from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah 84003

A viewing and service will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the Emerson LDS Church, 127 South 950 West, Paul, Idaho 83347. Viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and service at 1:00 p.m.

Interment will be in the Paul Cemetery under the direction of Warenski Funeral Home.

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