Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 19, 2020
Joyce Reynolds Rydalch

Obit Joyce Reynolds RydalchJoyce Reynolds Rydalch, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Joyce was born May 8, 1927, to Leonard and Charlotte Maze Reynolds in Stockton, Utah. She attended Tooele High School and graduated in 1945. On Nov. 19, 1947, she married Donald Walters and, together, they welcomed two children, Linda and Lorey. Don passed away March 14, 1952, leaving Joyce a widowed young mother. She married Clyde Ronald (Chug) Rydalch on March 29, 1958, and they welcomed their son George.

Joyce was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she loved her calling in the Primary most of all. She was very creative and loved to make homemade items for her friends and family. Her Primary kids received homemade stuffed animals for Christmas and the grandchildren received handmade gifts which were cherished by all. She had so many talents, but the one she used the most was crocheting and she made the most beautiful afghans as well as fun stuffed animals and slippers. All of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren received the special gift of a custom afghan upon graduating from high school. She still crocheted for many years after losing her sight and they were just as beautiful.

Joyce was always hard working and independent. As a teen she delivered milk from the family farm. After graduating from high school, she worked as a switchboard operator at Utah Power and Light. After becoming a widow, she worked at Dugway Proving Grounds. Later, she worked at Dairy Queen to put her daughter through nursing school. 

Family was the most important thing in the world for Joyce. She loved being home, was always there for her family, and was so generous with her love and time. She always said she didn’t have a lot of money but she had everything she needed and lived a simple life. She did get the opportunity to travel throughout the US and the Caribbean attending Chug’s Navy reunions almost every year for several decades and got to see some exciting places. 

Joyce is survived by her children Linda (Randy) Sloan and George Rydalch; sisters Marva (Frank) Aufdemorte, Sharlene Aufdemorte, and Kaye (Jack) Hollien; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Don, beloved husband Chug, son Lorey Walters, brother Earl Reynolds, and sisters Delores Caldwell and Wilma McMillan.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at the Grantsville City Cemetery.

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