Posted: Jun 12, 2013 4:10 PM
When all my labors and trials are o'er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be with the dear Lord I adore
Will through the ages be glory for me.
O that will be glory for me, Glory for me.
When by His grace I shall look on His face.
That will be glory, be glory for me.
Joyce Clark Forsgren was born on March 21, 1932. She was the 2nd of 5 children born to Paul and Dorothy Clark. The family grew up in the Camp Creek/Manhattan area.
Joyce graduated from Manhattan High School in 1950. She was married to Robert Forsgren (they later divorced) and had 2 daughters, Kim and Tracy.
Joyce worked at MSU in the Secondary Education Dept. from 1968 to 1992. She enjoyed interacting with students and was always willing to the extra mile for them.
Her lifelong passions were reading and classic movies. She treasured her extensive literary collection and was happy to loan books to others from her personal library. Circumstances didn't allow for a large traveling budget but Joyce visited every corner of the world through the books she read.
The Manhattan Bible Church was a special part of Joyce's life. Her church family was very kind and helpful. Joyce helped organize and run the church library and took care of collecting the church mail.
Oftentimes, on weekends, Joyce and her 3 sisters could be found working a New York Times crossword puzzle, the Sunday edition. The sisters took several trips together out to the Washington/Oregon coast, a crossword puzzle and dictionary always accompanied them.
The greatest joy in Joyce's life was spending time with her grandchildren. The Brooksby grandchildren; Kirsti, Bryan and Branden visited during the summer months. She was blessed to have the Robinson grandchildren; Breeanna, Brenden Brindy and Breckyn living nearby in Manhattan. Many an hour was spent at Grandma Joyce's dancing and singing to old records, reading one of her many books or watching 'Meet Me in St. Louis' just one more time. She and her sister, Alice Mize, were regular attendees at the Manhattan gym to watch any and all sporting events her grandchildren participated in. As time passed and the grandchildren grew and went off to college, Joyce looked forward to holiday gatherings and summers when the grandchildren would return home.
Joyce loved her home in Manhattan and took much care in keeping her yard up and flowers blooming. Her dear friends and neighbors, Tim and Jan Batts were always willing to lend a hand with yard work and any house projects that needed attention. When Joyce stopped driving several years ago, special friends Delores and Ann Cockerham whisked her off to Bozeman for a fun lunch and shopping several times a month.
Declining health required Joyce to move to the Chalet at Highgate in Bozeman in 2011. She loved visitors, especially the frequent visits from her great grandchildren Kaylie, Karsyn and Evan Naki. The love and quality care she received at Highgate was a blessing to Joyce and her family.
For the most part, Joyce could whole-heartedly agree that the title of one of her favorite movies, 'It's A Wonderful Life,' reflected her own life. However, the wonders of this life surely paled in comparison to the glories revealed to her as the angles gently carried her to the arms of her wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on the morning of June 10, 2013. You are forever in our hearts, Gram, until through God's grace we see you again!
Joyce is survived by daughters Kim (Alan) Brooksby of West Linn,OR. and Tracy (Brand) Robinson of Manhattan; brother, Glen (Marty) Clark of Wisconsin; sisters, Alice Mize of Bozeman and, Judy (Clarence) Hester of Helena; grandchildren, Kirsti, Bryan and Branden Brooksby, Breeanna (Troy) Naki, Brenden Robinson, Brindy (Torrey) Mitchell and Breckyn Robinson; great- grandchildren, Kaylie, Karsyn and Evan Naki.