Obituary for Joyce Piffner
Joyce Piffner, 87, of Scottsbluff, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at Scottsbluff Care and Rehab. Her Memorial Mass will be held at 2pm on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Fr. Michael Wetovick officiating. Inurnment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of any flowers, memorials in Joyce’s honor be made in care of the family to be designated at a later time. Online condolences may be left at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.
Joyce was born August 19, 1929 in Mitchell, NE to Max and Emily Gorr Hardin. She has been a lifelong resident of the area. She received her education at Haig School and graduated in 1948 from Scottsbluff High School. She married Donald Lackey on August 22, 1948 and together they had four children; Randy, Dione, Robin and Gay. They made their home and farmed in the valley. After Don passed away, she married Robert Piffner on Sept 3, 1974 in Hot Springs, SD.
Joyce was raised on the farm where she worked very hard, and she did so all of her life. She worked until she was 80 years old. She worked as a cook for Haig School, the Vet’s Home, and Woolworth’s. She also had various other duties working for Ward’s, Jirdon Bean, K-Mart, and Brown Sheep Company. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and gambling at Deadwood and Black Hawk. She loved watching the Broncos and the Huskers play. She especially loved cooking for her family and on the holidays.
Joyce is survived by her children Randy Lackey of Mitchell, Dione (Charlie) Smith of Florida, Robin (Tim) Boyer of Mitchell; sisters Loretta Reitz of Centennial, CO and Memory Troudt of Greeley, CO; grandchildren Corey (Carol) Lackey, Nicole Lackey, Shawn (Cheri) Hofmann, Shannon (Greg) Kawaguchi, Hollie Boyer (fiancé Mike Denham) and Casey Boyer; 17 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
Her parents, brother Don Hardin, husbands Donald Lackey and Robert Piffner, daughter Gay Franco, granddaughter Baby Girl Hofmann and grandson Billy LaDeaux preceded her in death.