Joyce Lynette Gams Lohrenz, Fishtail, Mont., passed away quietly Feb. 3, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 26, 1947, in Lovell, Wyo., to John and Hermina Gams. She grew up on the family farm in Kane, Wyo., and graduated from Lovell High School in 1966.
She married Terry Lohrenz on Nov. 2, 1974, in Lovell, Wyo. In February 1979 they moved to Fishtail, Mont. She spent over 40 years in the education and coaching fields where she touched many lives, taking time out to raise her four girls.
Joyce is survived by husband of 41 years, Terry, Fishtail, Mont.; Daughters Leslee Lohrenz, Lakewood, Colo.; Jimi Lohrenz (Dave Shum), Columbus, Mont.; Kami (Joe) Heimer, Big Timber, Mont.; and Kari (Shupe) Planichek, Absarokee, Mont.; Grandchildren Tyler and Tandy Planichek; Justin, Jakson and Ali Heimer; Mother Hermina (Minnie) Gams, Lovell, Wyo.; Brother John (Sylvia) Gams, Cowley, Wyo.; Sisters Ginger (Denis) Cooper, California City, Calif., and Jerri (Leonard) Torczon, Powell, Wyo.
She was preceded in death by father John Gams; sisters Judy Workman (2003) and Jane Franks (2012); and husband David Wilson (1973).
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 8, at the Absarokee High School Gymnasium. Visitation was at Smith Funeral Chapel, 35 N. Diamond Street in Columbus.