May 12, 1931-May 22, 2019
Juanita Joyce Maehl left her body and this world behind for the greatest adventure of all, her soul returning to heaven, Wednesday May 22, 2019, just 10 days after her 88th year on this earth. Joyce was born to Willa Lee (McLemore) and Michael Domitrovich.
We choose to remember the Soul of Joyce. She was AMAZING! She was tough and strong, intelligent and extremely creative, talented at everything she tried, funny and fun, vivacious, comical, determined, persuasive, inclusive and welcoming, a good listener and good advisor, a devoted friend, full of wonder and open to adventures. Joyce lived life to the full and squeezed every bit of life out of every day she was given.
After high school Joyce attended the Butte Business College for 2 years and received a certificate as an Executive Secretary and for being top student. She then enlisted in the United States Navy. At a time when women were not particularly respected for taking the military path, Joyce had the courage to follow her dream.
The time Joyce spent in the Navy was the accomplishment of which she was most proud. After being stationed at Naval Weapons Base Charleston in South Carolina, Joyce became Yeoman 3rd class and the Secretary to the Captain under the Inspector General of the 6th Naval District. Her duties included taking testimonies of serious acts against the military code of justice, inspecting naval installations with her Captain, sending reports and recommendations to the naval bases and following up on those recommendations. Joyce is a registered member at the Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C. for military women. Joyce was a great patriot.
Joyce lived in Anaconda all but the few years she was in the Navy. She had a passion for serving the community she so loved. She has been a beloved Girls Scout Leader, camp counselor and program director, 4-H leader, financial committee member for the Anaconda Task Force, member of the financial board for the Southwest Montana Community Federal Credit Union, held every office in the Daughters of Isabella including Regent, served on the tree board for many years, lifetime member and former president of the Anaconda Garden Club, where she spearheaded the refurbishing of the Begonia House in the park. She, along with her daughter Cindie, were program directors for hosting international exchange students, bringing in numerous groups from Japan, Mexico and Chile. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, a proud member of the American Legion and member of the Catholic Community and of the choir. She held many jobs as an accountant, merchandiser and longtime Manager of Discount Fabrics in Butte.
In the 80's, Joyce was invited by the Governor's Office to be a "Friendship Ambassador” with a group traveling to China and experiencing the life and people there. She was also invited to travel to Japan which was her dream trip.
Joyce will be missed by all who knew her. She was a ray of fun and sun in this world. She was preceded in death by both parents.
She leaves her husband, Robert Maehl; her daughters, Toni Lee (Tonya) Lescantz and Cindie Kalan-Green; her grandsons, Chad Green, Wesley Green, and Ethan Green & (Kellie Lorengo); great-granddaughters, Lyndsey & (Joe) Stulc and Gavinn Green; her sister, Judie Coleman, niece, Rhonda Gaddis and nephew, Darren Coleman, cousin John Domitrovich, her devoted best friend, Sue Montgomery; who is an angel, Karen and Carl Maehl, Lois and Tom Lowe, Edie and Matt and her favorite grandpuppy, Denali.
The funeral services will be held at the Holy Family Church, 217 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Anaconda MT, Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m. In lieu flowers, please make donations to the Anaconda American Legion, Post 21, 220 Cedar Street, Anaconda, MT 59711.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Joyce’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.