Our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Joy (Johnston) Barton, 83 departed our earthly plain on Oct. 31, 2019 at Castle View Hospital in Price, Utah. She was born Nov. 24, 1935 to Ivan (Bud) Johnston and June (Rowell) Johnston in Moab, Utah.
Joy grew up in the Moab area and was especially proud of her cowgirl and ranching heritage, having lived on ranches along the Colorado River, Castle Valley and the La Sal Mountains. Her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, family, friends and, of course, her pets. Her grandchildren, and many who were not her grandchildren, knew her as “Granny Joy.”
Mom was always a people person and regardless of where she lived she easily made many friends with folks from all walks of life.
Born to Joy was Randy (Kathy) Bowden, Castleton, Utah; Marty (Stacy) Mason, Castle Dale, Utah; Marcia Griswold-Aztec, New Mexico; Edmond “Shorty” Turner. She also raised and was very fond of three stepchildren: Rick (Joy Ellen) Mason, Ephraim, Utah; Gina Farmer and Mark Mason. She had two brothers, Joe A. Johnston (Dolly) of Fruita, Colorado; and Richard L. Johnston (Jeannie) of Cortez, Colorado. Shorty, Gina and Mark, as well as two grandchildren Dustin Ryan Bowden and Kennedy Joy Boss preceded her in death.
Along with being a homemaker, Joy also owned and operated the Mode O’ Day clothing store for several years. She loved the outdoors, especially family gatherings, fishing, and looking for arrowheads. Mom always had a soft spot for animals and folks that were down on their luck or just needed a friend. The more you knew her the more you loved her and she was often described as “one of a kind.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house at 400 North 475 West in Moab.
There will be a luncheon following the service.