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Joyce Horton

 

February 8, 2019

Joyce Tooke Horton was a gifted pianist, accomplished educator, worldwide traveler and a passionate storyteller with a colorful personality to match her unique style of fashion. A loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend, Joyce departed this world on February 1, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

Joyce loved life, but most important to her were her family and friends. Joyce's most positive influences in her life were her parents, especially her mother's appreciation of life and her father's sense of humor.

Growing up Joyce enjoyed school, cheerleading and high baton toss. After high school she pursued learning, earning and completing many degrees to include a Master's in education.

After Joyce married her husband Robert Horton, her career led her to Las Vegas, Nevada. Having a passion for music, she became a music specialist for Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joyce as an educator, through the years, became a school librarian, choir instructor and an English Instructor. Joyce influenced and mentored many students. Joyce kept a friendship with former students who have adopted her. She was respected and admired.

Joyce had many hobbies and interests. These include antiques, traveling, her love of her cats and her love of cars, especially her '39 Ford Coupe and '88 Jaguar.

After retiring, Joyce moved home to Miles City, Montana. She would often say, there is "no place I'd rather be." Joyce believed life was a "real crapshoot." One of her satisfactions was to have a happy retirement and continuing her "enjoyment of family and music."

Joyce once wrote, "keep your values, have fun and give, give, give to less fortunate, anonymously. Keep a song in your heart and a smile on your face!"

Joyce is survived by her sons, Robert Horton, Sean Horton and wife Heidi Horton; her daughter, Penny Reimche and husband Mike Reimche; her seven grandchildren, Cody Horton, Scott Horton, Sean B. Horton, Samuel Horton, Jesse Fernandez, Joshua Fernandez and Brianna Fernandez; her brothers, John Tooke and Frank Tooke; her beloved nieces and nephews Johnny Tooke, Robert Tooke, Kevin Tooke, Fran Tooke, Susan Tooke, and Rick and Jodi Blackburn; and great grandchild, Forest Stevens. She is also survived by numerous family members and lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Tooke, her husband Robert Horton and daughter Rhea Horton.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting http://www.stevensonandsons.com.

 

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