Joyce Aline Halverson


Joyce Aline Halverson, 59, died January 2, 2020, at Avantara Nursing home in Huron, SD.

Services were delayed due to Covid and are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Orthodox Presbysterian Church in Bancroft, SD, with a committal at the LeSueur Cemetery.

Joyce was born March, 1, 1960 to Darrell and Grace (Cunningham) Halverson in De Smet, SD. She grew up on the family farm near Bancroft, SD. She loved all animals but especially had an interest in poultry and raised a flock as her FFA project. She attended school at Bancroft and De Smet and graduated from De Smet High School. She was active in 4-H where she showed cattle and poultry and exhibited in the photography and breads projects. In 1979 she moved to Huron and that was her home for the next 40 years. She worked for Geiger’s Western Wear in Huron from 1980 until the store closed in 1994. She always said the experience of working at Geiger’s was her “college” education. She also worked for Magness Livestock and Mid-Com.

Her later years were spent exploring her interests and talents including photography, swimming, and sending cards and letters. Her Christmas card list included over 300 names of people from across the country.

She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Huron, SD, and frequently visited and performed solos at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in her hometown of Bancroft.

In the fall of 2016, Joyce was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer and spent the next 3.5 years battling the disease. Her last 10 months of life were spent hospitalized in care centers in Sioux Falls, Lincoln, NE, Woonsocket and Huron. She always had hope for recovery and her positive attitude never wavered.

Grateful for having shared her life are her sisters, Carol (Ken) Olsen, Huron, SD, and Julie Montagne, Elk Point, SD, nine nieces and nephews, one grandniece and one grandnephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents.