Joyce Olsen Parry

6/26/1930 ~ 8/10/2018

Joyce ParryCropOur loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend Joyce Olsen Parry, 88, passed away August 10, 2018 in Centerfield, Utah. She was born June 26, 1930 to Harvey and Goldie Olsen in Moroni, Utah. She married her college sweetheart Wilford Dean Parry, July 7, 1951 in Manti, Utah.

Joyce’s greatest love was her family. She was a wonderful and dedicated mother and grandmother. Anyone who ever stopped by “Grandma’s” house was sure to be greeted by an always-ready supply of toys and treats. Joyce was an amazing cook and was the first to bring a meal to anyone who was sick or in need of care. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joyce also served those in her community in many capacities.

The mountains were another one of Joyce’s great loves. In her younger days, Joyce loved to hunt and fish. In her later years, she enjoyed hearing the hunting and fishing stories told by her kids and grandkids. She always made it a point to make it to deer camp every year. Everyone in the family knew that one of the best things you could ever do for Grandma was to take her for a ride in the mountains. She definitely passed this love to her children and her passion for the outdoors will continue on through her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Kreg (Helen) Parry, Denny (Sarah) Parry, Chad (Lorie) Parry, all of Ephraim; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She is also survived by her sister and life-long best friend, LuAnn (Don) Anderson, Fairview, Utah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilford Dean Parry, parents, Harvey and Goldie Olson, and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ephraim First Ward Chapel. Viewings will be held at the First Ward Chapel in Ephraim on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday morning, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.. Burial will be in the Ephraim City Park Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Rasmussen Mortuary, Mt. Pleasant. Online guestbook at

5 Responses to “Joyce Olsen Parry”

  1. Chad and Lori we are deeply saddened at the news of your moms passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family

  2. Penny Cartright says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Joyce. We spent many times just visiting and laughing. She would always walk down to sit and visit with Hoss Cartright on our front lawn. She is such a special lady. She will be missed!!

  3. Dawn Sterner says:

    Kreg, Denny & Chad.. I’m sorry to hear about your mom. She and I had quite a few great visits. She was always very nice and welcoming to me when I went to see her. My thoughts are with each of you.

  4. Rea Gregson Skelton says:

    Dear LuAnn, Don, Kreg, Denny and Chad,

    Alvena Olsen Wolsey is my grandmother and a sister to Harvey.

    I can remember so many good visits with Joyce as a child and later when I was serving in SLC as an adult

    Our families sends our love and deep condolences to you all

    Much love Rea

  5. Park Family says:

    Denny and Family,

    We’re sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. They say it’s a blessing when they get older, but it doesn’t make it easier. We hope that you find comfort and peace in the passing days.


    The Park Family