Joy Y. Carroll


Joy Y. Carroll, 87, De Smet, died Thursday, October 8 2020, at Brookings Hospital, Brookings, SD.  A public walk-through visitation is scheduled 6:00PM-8:00PM Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. A private family funeral service is scheduled at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 15, 2020 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, De Smet, with Father Jim Callahan, Father Cathal Gallagher, and Father Richard Baumberger officiating. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Cemetery, De Smet, SD. Masks are encouraged for all services and 6-foot distancing is required during all services.

Joy Yvonne Peterson was born on January 7th, 1933 in her family home in Willow Lake, SD to Albert Peterson and Verna (Gluenkin) Peterson.

In 1946 Joy graduated from Willow Lake High School. She worked in the bank in Willow Lake and helped pop popcorn at the theater in Willow Lake owned by Tom Ward. She married Tom Ward at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant, SD on July 26th, 1955. They lived in Bryant until January 1957 when they purchased the J.C.Penney building in De Smet and made it Ward’s V Store.  Tom and Joy lived in De Smet the rest of their lives. Joy was a housewife raising 4 children when Tom died May 11th, 1974.  She then became the owner and manager of Ward’s V Store.

Joy then met Robert “Bob” Carroll and they were married at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, De Smet on May 28th, 1982 and moved to Clara City, MN for a short time until moving back to De Smet.  Joy continued to work for 30 more years with her daughter, Patti, running the family business.

Joy was involved in many activities in De Smet. For 17 years she was the De Smet Chamber of Commerce Secretary.  She would take time to write a personal note to all the tourists that wrote for information about De Smet. Joy organized the American Red Cross Blood mobile in De Smet for over 30 years as a volunteer.  She was a member of our local P.E.O., Church Altar Society and Church Choir.

Joy loved working with the public at her business, but when the day was done, she wanted to spend the time with her children. As they got older and started college, she went out and got two part time jobs at night so that they would be able to afford college. This was something she wanted for her kids since she had not been able to have the opportunity for herself.

Joy loved people, but her true love was her family. Her children meant everything to her and then she loved their children even more. She just loved being Grandma and Great-Grandma.

Joy’s faith was the center of her world. She loved being a member of the Catholic faith. She would say the Rosary daily, never missed Mass and when she drove by the Church, she would always make the sign of the Cross.

February 22nd, 2019 was one of the saddest days of Joy’s life when her first born, Julie Gutzmer, went to heaven.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Carroll, and her children: Tom (Diane) Ward of Rapid City, SD, Patti (Jay Slater) Ward of De Smet, SD, Dr. David (Annie) Ward of Garretson, SD, and son-in-law Dwight (Julie) Gutzmer (Highmore, SD); her grandchildren: Shannon (Jacob) Forester and Dr. Bridget (Austin) Eichacker (Rapid City, SD), Jerrod (Cassandra) Gutzmer (Pierre, SD), Kim Hayden, Krissy Ward (Rapid City, SD), Dr. Charles (Dr. Paige) Ward (Houston, TX) and Chase (Nancy) Ward (Garretson, SD);  her great-grandchildren: Piper Forester, Adelaide Eichacker, Juliet Eichacker, Ava Gutzmer, Jasper Gutzmer, Malone Gutzmer, Conor Hayden, Caylin Ward, Isaac Ward and Araya Ward;  her siblings: Vivian Johnsen (Willow Lake, SD), John Peterson (Volga, SD), Larry Peterson (Huron, SD), and Gary Peterson (Sioux Falls, SD).

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Verna Peterson, an infant sister, her first husband Tom Ward and her daughter Julie (Ward) Gutzmer, brother-in-law Carl Johnsen, and sisters-in-law: Marlyce, Joyce and Gail.

The family requests that donations be made to De Smet Memorial Hospital, De Smet Ambulance or De Smet Catholic Cemetery, in lieu of flowers.

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