Joy Nordstrom Scow Van, age 88, passed away on March 13, 2017. She was born at home to Isaac Monta Nordstrom and Ruby Mary Howell Nordstrom in Standardville, Utah on Sept. 19, 1928. Joy was the third of six siblings. She grew up in Fairview, Utah, on a farm and learned to work hard. She has a love of good music from her parents. Music was a very important part of her family. Her father played the guitar and harmonica, and he also played in a harmonica band. Her mother played the piano. Joy had four sisters: Donna, Eleanor, Carma and Elaine, and two brothers: Glee and Larry. She attended elementary school and junior high in Fairview, Utah, and high school in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. She remembers always walking to and from school. She ended her studies early and married Glade Scow in 1944 and had four children: Mary, Bernice, Steven and Edward. She later divorced. Joy married LeRoy A. Van on Sept. 3, 1963, and had three children: Rodney, Randall and Dwayne.
She worked at the telephone company in Fairview for 25 cents per hour. She also worked at the Tooele Glass Shop and the Tooele Army Depot. Her life has been one of love, compassion and service.
Joy loved cooking for her family. She said in the early married days that she didn’t know how to cook and learned the hard way. They ate a lot of fried potatoes. She learned to clean from her mom, she was spotless and also learned how to do a beautiful wash and how to iron. She remembers her dad being a perfectionist in the yard. She definitely adopted that trait. Joy took pride in her yard work and her clean home.
Joy was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed visiting teaching and helping with compassionate service.
Joy has always appreciated and loved spending time with her family, cooking, her many friendships, doing yard work and playing bingo.
Joy’s greatest love was her family. Her children and grandchildren always felt and knew of her unconditional love.
Joy has been reunited with her parents; husband LeRoy; daughter Bernice Maloney Cannon and son Rodney Van. She is survived and will be missed greatly by her children Mary (Von) Rosquist of Levan, Utah, Steven (Nikki) Scow of Grantsville, Utah, Edward (Lori) Scow of Sandy, Utah, and Randall Van and Dwayne Van of Provo, Utah; son-in-law Royce Cannon; stepchildren Mike (Kathie) Van of Vernal, Utah, Robert Van of Sparks, Nevada, and Gary Van and sisters Carma Harris and Elaine Jensen. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, at noon at the Tooele City Cemetery.