Salt Lake City, UT—Our Mother Angel, Joyce Hawkes Metcalf, passed away peacefully at her home after sustaining a head injury from a fall. She returned to her loving Heavenly Parents on Friday, January 28, 2022 at the age of 88. Our father, Robert W. Metcalf, preceded her in death by nearly 31 years. Their reunion must have been glorious!
Joyce was born November 24, 1933 in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of John Burns and Laura McEntire Hawkes. She was the eldest of four children and was raised in a loving, service-oriented home. She spent her childhood in Ogden and her teenage years serving with her family in the mission field of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They first served a family proselytizing mission in northern California and then his father was called to preside over the north central states where they lived for over 5 years.
Our parents met when Bob moved into the Monument Park neighborhood of Joyce. It didn’t take them long to fall in love. Joyce graduated from Brigham Young University in Early Childhood Education and Bob from the University of Utah where he was also accepted to medical school. Following their enlistment, they both served missions; Bob in Canada and Joyce in New England. Just 3 weeks after Bob returned home, they were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on October 24, 1958. Joyce enjoyed teaching elementary school before starting a family.
Our mother was loved and adored by her 10 children, 37 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. She made everyone feel important and special with her constant support in her activities, her beautifully wrapped birthday presents, her greeting cards in the mail, her cherry chip cake and her famous rainbow jelly. 14 layers. Vacationing with his family at Lake Powell, Bear Lake, Oceanside, Yellowstone, Aspen Grove and Midway were some of his favorite memories.
Joyce was passionate about sports, especially when encouraging her posterity. She was looking forward to seeing the BYU Cougars play basketball and football. She was a fan of the Utah Jazz. She had great strategy when playing “Mormon” bridge and knew how to win.
Joyce served enthusiastically at the Salt Lake Temple as an ordinance coordinator and operator for 19 years. She served faithfully in various ward and stake callings. From the way she lived her life, you could tell that the gospel was very important to her. She was filled with kindness, compassion, and Christ-like love for others. Joyce served as president of the PTA three times and was a consistent volunteer in her children’s classrooms. She was proud to be a member of the Pioneer Daughters of Utah.
Joyce was predeceased by her lover, Robert; daughter Angela; son Matthew; grandson Nathan; great-grandson Charlie; brother Douglas Hawkes; and parents John and Laura Hawkes. She is survived by her children Bradley (Jan), David (Karalee), Shauna (Brent), Richard (Cindy), Jonathan (Dawn), Michael (Jane), Susan (Jim) and Katherine (Justin); his sister Lauralee Hunsaker; and his brother David Hawkes.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 4551 South 1200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117. Family and friends may visit the family Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the same service building and Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. before service. Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
Published by Deseret News February 1-11, 2022.