Joyce Elane (Johnson) Gardner, 82, a resident of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, passed
away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at her home. She was born in Calumet, Michigan on
March 13, 1933, daughter of Arthur C. and Aili (Erkkila) Johnson.
Joyce lived in Ishpeming during her grade school years then moved back to Calumet in
1947 where she graduated from High School in 1951. After graduation she worked at
Vertin’s Department Store in the Advertising Office.
On May 10, 1952, Joyce married Kenneth R. Gardner in Calumet. They moved to the
Territory of Alaska while Ken was serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean
Conflict. Joyce was employed as a government secretary at Elmendorf Air Force Base.
After Ken’s discharge they returned to Michigan where Joyce worked as a legal
secretary in Lansing.
Joyce and Ken also lived in several other areas of the country, including Maine, West
Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, and in Walpole, Mass. for 23 years. Joyce was an active
charter member of the Walpole H.S. Friends of Music while her children were in school
and an active member of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Walpole. For several years
Joyce was a Library Clerk at the Walpole Public Library.
In 1993, Joyce and Ken moved to Colorado where she became very active in family
history research. As family genealogists-historians Joyce and Ken traveled throughout
the U.S. They published a series of Family History books and organized family
reunions in the Copper Country and Ishpeming locations.. She was a member of
several Genealogical and Historical Societies in Michigan, Colorado, New England and
Canada and her Family Tree data base includes over 125,000 names. Her heart was
always in the Copper Country and an annual trip to enjoy summer at the Johnson family
farm was a high priority.
Besides her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother Arthur Nester
Johnson, father and mother-in-law Nedward & Ethel (Picard) Gardner, brothers-in-law
Ronald and Roger Gardner and sisters-in-law Lenore Gardner (Jewett), Joanne
(Juopperi) Gardner and Mary (Thomas) Gardner.
Surviving are her husband Ken, son David (Ellyn) Gardner of Aurora, CO, daughters
Dawn Flemings of Tampa, FL, Sheryl Gardner of Foxboro, MA, and grandson Bryan
Flemings of Tampa, FL. Also surviving is son-in-law Robert Flemings of McKinney, TX.,
sisters-in-law Carol Amos of New Port Richey, FL., Betty Gardner of Gwinn, MI.,
Bernice Johnson of Lake Linden, brothers-in-law James Gardner of Green River, WY.
and Robert Jewett of Porter Ranch, CA., nephew John W. (Sunny) Johnson of Oak
Creek, WI., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet.