Joyce Irene Kidd Walker, 92, passed away on January 16, 2022, in South Jordan, Utah surrounded by her loving children. Joyce was born on August 21, 1929, in Toronto, Ontario Canada to Robert Kidd and Martha Elizabeth Seal Kidd. She was their only child.\n\nJoyce and her parents boarded missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and soon became some of the early members of the Church in the Toronto area. Primary and Sunday School were held in their front parlor where Joyce and her mother, Martha were taught the gospel and baptized when Joyce was 11 years old.\n \nJoyce met her husband, Jack Edward Walker at “The Starlight,” an open-air dance when she was just 17 years old. They dated for four years and were married on August 27, 1949. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1966. Their first home was in Toronto until they emigrated to the United States in 1952 where Jack found better employment as a tool and die maker in Detroit, Michigan. Even though Joyce and Jack became United States citizens, their hearts were always attached to their roots in Canada.\n\nJoyce was the mother of four beautiful children, Dianne Jacqulynne and Robert William were born in Toronto. Melody Joi and Stephen Jay were born in Detroit. Every summer was spent at Grandmother Kidd’s cottage on lake Simco in Canada. There the children delighted in swimming, activities at the clubhouse, playing badminton and other yard games. Monopoly was played for hours on rainy days with the cousins.\n\nJack was employed by Ford Motor Company and made a comfortable home for his family in Livonia, Michigan where the children graduated from high school. Joyce attended cosmetology school but didn’t really enjoy it. So, Jack bought an ice cream store, King Kone which became a neighborhood favorite because it sold custard ice cream. Joyce managed the store with Melody and Steve as assistants.\n\nAs a fun pastime, Joyce and Jack were introduced by friends to square dancing and became competitive dancers going to competitions and conventions throughout the United States and England. When Jack retired, they moved from Detroit to Sandy, Utah to be closer to their children. They continued their square dancing and one of their competitive excursions took them to Arizona where they fell in love with the climate and decided to purchase a winter home there. Jack & Joyce loved the mountains, so they sold their home in Sandy and bought a condominium in Midway, Utah where they spent the summer months.\n\nWhen Jack passed away in 2000, Joyce sold the Midway condo and lived full time at Venture Out, a deluxe retirement community in Mesa, Arizona. She was very active, attending water aerobics almost daily, riding her bike regularly, playing competitive shuffleboard where she earned many awards and was presented with her prestigious shuffleboard “Gold Cap.” She also served as the community Librarian.\n\nAs she aged, her children wanted her to live closer to them. She moved back to Utah where she lived in independent living at Legacy for four years. While there, she was a member of the Kazoo band and participated in performances, dressed up for Halloween and had a very active circle of friends. In 2021 she moved to assisted living at Sagewood in South Jordan, just a few blocks away from her oldest daughter, Dianne and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.\n\nHer family celebrated her birthdays and Christmas in the family gathering room at Sagewood and she visited many times in the homes of her children. She loved taking wheelchair walks around the lake at Daybreak, where she loved watching the ducks. She thought the quaint homes with picket fences looked like a storybook neighborhood.\n\nShe was a valiant member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life. Other members of the ward said, she was a lovely lady, who dressed elegantly, was always smiling and always sweet. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her son Stephen (Cora) Walker, a grandson K. C. Brock VanLeeuwen, and a great grandson, William Phillips. She is survived by her children, Dianne (Ted) Phillips; Robert (Deanna) Walker; and Melody (Craig) VanLeeuwen. She is the grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.\n\nThe family wishes to express gratitude to all who took loving care of her during her stay at Sagewood including her dear Libby Ray, who was so kind spending time with Joyce, making her final days filled with happiness. We also wish to thank the wonderful hospice workers who helped her last days be more comfortable.\n\nFuneral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah. A viewing will be held for friends and family at the mortuary from 1:00 - 1:45 pm.