Joyce Marie Cless
April 1, 2017
Joyce Marie Glover Cless passed away on March 18th in Phoenix, Arizona after a short illness.
Joyce was born on March 6, 1942 in Cedaredge, Colorado to George and Nina Glover. She grew up in the Uncompahgre Valley and graduated from Olathe High School in 1960.
Joyce married Harold "Ron" Cless in Olathe on June 4, 1961. They spent the early years of their marriage in the San Francisco area where Ron was stationed with the U.S. Navy. Joyce traveled home to Colorado to give birth to her first two children, Ronald Scott and Joy, during this time.
The family moved to Hayden in August 1967 when Ron was hired by Colorado Ute. Their third child, Steven, was born a few years later. Joyce was active in the Hayden community, volunteering with scouts and the school when the kids were young and then serving on the town council for several years and as Hayden's first female mayor. She also served as a fair judge for the past several years.
Joyce loved the Colorado mountains and enjoyed camping and reading a good book while Ron and the kids fished. She was a sports fan and loved the Denver Broncos.
Joyce was an excellent cook and was famous for her cinnamon rolls and fried chicken. Her greatest role was that of mother and grandmother, not only to her own family but also to the friends of her kids and grandkids.
Joyce was kind, accepting and generous with her time and love.
Joyce is survived by Ron, her husband of 55 years, and their children Scott (Natalie) Cless of Craig, Joy (Harry) Thompson of Colorado Springs and Steven (Vicki) Cless of Craig. She was adored by her grandchildren Jessica (Brandon) Rupp, Robin (Khonnara) Tauch, and Skyler, Sammi, Austin, Jori and Eddy Cless. She was the greatest of grandmothers to Ashlynn, Keegan, Cora, Gavin, Quinn and soon-to-be-born Addison and twin
Joyce is also survived by her brothers Everett (Mae) Glover and Vernon (Erlene) Glover and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ted.
Services for Joyce were held on Saturday, April 1st at 1 p.m. in the Hayden High School auditorium.