Joy D. Hawks


Joy D. Hawks


Joyce D. Hawks

Joy D. Myhre Hawks, 92 of Billings, was called to her heavenly home on Nov. 18, 2011.

Joy was born on May 4, 1919, in Myers, MT, the daughter of Joseph E. and Phoebie (Giles) Nansel.

Joy was raised in the Myers area, attending school at the Edwards Creek and Rancher Schools. She graduated from Hysham High School in 1937. That fall, she enrolled at Billings Business College, graduating in 1939.

She worked as a secretary all her working years. Her employers were: Lawyer Earl Cline in Billings, The Abstract Guarantee Company, Northland Greyhound Lines and the Montana Motor Transport Association, and the National Park Service. Joy retired in 1985.

On Jan. 24, 1942, she married John Myhre in Fargo, N.D., and worked for the Fargo Glass and Paint Co.

At age 89, Joy married Clyde Hawks in April 2007, at Aspen View Retirement Home. Although the marriage only lasted one short year, it was a marriage made in heaven.

Joy was preceded in death by her first husband, John, in August of 1997, and husband Clyde in January 2008; her parents; two brothers, Joe of Forsyth and Don of Billings; her sister, Audry Rhodes of Billings; and sister-in-law Ruth of Miles City. She is survived by one brother, Dr. Arlo Nansel of Miles City; two sisters-in-law, Dottie and Joanne; and one brother-in-law, James Rhodes, all of Billings; and Clyde’s loving family. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Joy was a homemaker who loved flowers and gardening. In her early years, she loved camping and RVing with her husband John, as well as visiting with family and friends, and her church. In her later years, she enjoyed her newfound family who doted on her and Clyde. From Joy’s family to Clyde’s family: Thank you so much for loving her.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, November 22, at Ranchers Cemetery in Myers, MT. Memorial donations may be made in Joy’s name to The Ranchers Cemetery, c/o Kevan Kimball, 99 Muri Rd., Hysham, MT 59038 or the charity of one’s choice.


God bless you, sweet lady.

Just to be tender, just to be true

Just to be glad the whole day through,

Just to be merciful, just to be mild,

Just to be trustful as a child:

Just to be gentle and kind and sweet.

Just to be helpful with willing feet,

Just to be cheery when things go wrong,

Just to drive sadness away with song,

Whether the hour is dark or bright,

Just to be loyal to God and right,

Just to believe that God knows best,

Just in His promise ever rest,

Just to let love be our daily key,

That is God’s will for you and me.

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