Joyce Bengtson (March 12, 1930 — December 14, 2020) was born in Locust Grove, OK, to Charles and Mary Rogers, their only child. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Paul Bengtson, and is survived by her children, Brenda Bengtson (and Jesse Overmann) of Hamilton, VA, John Bengtson of Gilbert, AZ, and Andrew Bengtson (and Jeanie Tietjen), and grandson August Bengtson of Medford, MA. She is also survived by her uncle, John Hay of Siloam Springs, AK, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She graduated from McPherson HS in 1947 and began working as a switchboard operator for Bell South. She met her future husband, Paul, in 1948 at a soda fountain, and they were married the following year. She continued working to support them as he earned his college degrees. After staying home to raise their children, she returned to the workforce as a shop-at-home representative in interior design for Woodward and Lothrop, a Washington DC area department store. With her exceptional sense of style and color, she excelled at assisting clients in making their homes beautiful with draperies and upholstery. She and Paul retired to Arizona in 2003 and enjoyed the view of the Superstition Mountains.
Joyce was known for her love of faith, family, and friendships. She belonged to Leesburg Presbyterian Church, VA for 38 years, and most recently Gilbert Presbyterian Church, AZ. She loved eating hard-shell crab at Rehoboth Beach, DE, and sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard the family boat, the Jayhawk. She was a passionate fan of KU basketball and basketball generally. Graced with an ease of making friends, she hosted small and large dinners for family, friends, and new church members. She enjoyed garden club, floral design, and recently beading and painting with friends at Copper Springs Retirement Community in Gilbert, AZ.
Her love of travel took her across the United States and several continents, highlighted by a birthday celebration of high tea at the Ritz Carlton in London, England. She was an avid reader of mysteries and biographies, solver of crossword puzzles and devoted follower of Jeopardy. Recently she delighted in spending time in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, exploring the area and watching her grandson grow.
Perhaps her greatest passion was shopping at auctions and yard sales, picking out treasures, and educating herself and others about the value of collectibles. She shared this passion in her volunteer work on the Ladies Board Rummage Sale in Loudoun, VA and was honored in 2018 with the 50-year Golden Apron. She was instrumental in starting the Ladies Board “Twice is Nice” Thrift shop in Leesburg and loved working at the Hospital Gift Shop. These projects have donated millions of dollars to Loudoun Hospital over the years.
Joyce touched many lives with her vibrancy, humility, creativity, and community service, and will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, or Leesburg Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be held in the fall of 2021.