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Joyce Tilson

April 10, 1947 — January 4, 2018

Joyce Susan Tilson, beloved daughter, sister, mother and grandmother, of Jerome, passed Thursday, January 4, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Joyce was born April 10, 1947 in North Platte, Nebraska to Milan Albert and Margaret Jean Dunlap. The family moved to Idaho in 1958, eventually settling in Buhl where she attended school.  She later attended CSI and received an Associate’s degree in computer science. Joyce loved making and serving food, so for several years, she owned and operated a Japanese/American restaurant in Jerome, until deciding to pursue her biggest joy: children. Joyce spent her life devoted to raising her own children and any other child she knew. For many years, Joyce could be found working for or running a preschool/daycare. Children, especially babies, were her heart.

Joyce loved to quote one of her favorite songs “Don’t Worry, be Happy--” this was her motto, and she spread that lesson to her family and friends. She also had a great love for animals. Some of the pets,  only a mother could love.

Joyce was preceded in death by both of her parents as well as one brother, Milan “Tuffy” Albert Dunlap II, and two sisters, Nancy Meyer and Margaret Corine “Corky” Dunlap. She is survived by her four children, Daniel (Amy) Taylor, David (Heather) Taylor, Angela (Sean) Sanderson, and Kevin (Jennifer) Taylor, and siblings Roxie (Ray) Ettehadieh, and Kim (Effie) Dunlap as well as 19 Grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of life for Joyce will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at the Herrett Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. All are welcome to attend and share memories and love of Joyce. Due to the high cost of Joyce’s care and final arrangements, the family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution towards helping her loved ones with this financial hardship. Donations may be given at the celebration, or left at the Herrett Center.

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