Jan. 28, 1942-July 12, 2019
Joyce Marie (Kelly) O’Brien, born on January 28, 1942 to Francis P. “Redneck” and Mary (Powers) Kelly, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, surrounded by her family and friends.
Joyce was a proud Butte girl and loved her Irish heritage. She attended St. Mary’s Parochial Elementary School and graduated from Girl’s Central in 1960. After that she went to work for “Ma Bell” (Mountain Bell Telephone Company) followed by The Montana Power Company, St James Healthcare, and Copper Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center. All of these jobs had one thing in common; she was a telephone operator and loved every minute of it. As anyone who knew Joyce could tell you, she loved to talk on the phone, often talking to her family and friends into the wee hours of the morning.
In 1961 Joyce met Tom Pat O’Brien and their love affair began. They were married November 26, 1966 during a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They adopted the first of their three children, Angie, in 1971 followed by Candi in 1974 and Casey in 1982. Joyce loved her children and never missed an opportunity to watch them in any of their activities which included sports, choir, theater, or just playing card games a home. She loved family game night and couldn’t wait to play games such as Big Casino / Little Casino, Johnny Strip Naked and Shit on Your Neighbor. During her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, reading, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her dog.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Redneck and Mary Kelly; her sister, Mary Frances; her nephew, Dennis Joseph “D.J.” Rogers; and her husband, Tom Pat.
Joyce is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Angie and Mark O’Neil, and Candi O’Brien; son, Casey O’Brien; grandchildren, Shae and DC Luckey, and Madie O’Neill; great-grandchildren, Torin and “soon to be” Baby Luckey; sister, Carol Kelly; uncle, John Pat Powers; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by special friends, who are more like family, Janet O’Neill, Helen Lanch, Ellen Kearns, Bob and Mary Rowling, Dee Fisher, and Sandy Brown.
The family would like to extend a big thank you to Shawn Powers and RMAP Pharmacy, and the staff at Frontier Hospice for taking such wonderful care of Joyce.
Friends may call on Tuesday after 10:00 am in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located at 1500 Majors Avenue. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am with Rite of Committal to follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that, in honor of Joyce’s love of dogs, please make a donation to your local animal shelter or Friends of Hospice.