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Joyce Arlene Ornelas

April 24, 1932 ~ February 22, 2019 (age 86)


Joyce Arlene Wilcox Ornelas of Loveland, Colorado died February 22, 2019 at Pathways Hospice Care Center in Loveland. She was born April 24, 1932 to Fred Wilcox and Mollie Frickle Wilcox in Silicia, Montana (near Billings) and was the oldest of eleven children, in which she played a major role in raising her brothers and sisters: 

Joyce 1932, Jack 1934, Mary Lou 1936, Virginia 1938, Donna 1940, Bonnie 1942, Robert 1944, Richard 1946, James 1948, Debra 1954 and Susan 1957

Joyce graduated from high school in Laurel, Montana, in 1950. She met Louis Ornelas in Billings, Montana, in 1954, while she was a waitress at the Northern Hotel, a very upscale joint.  They married on November 22, 1955 and had four children: Ronald Louis Ornelas, born September 2, 1956; Terry Lee Ornelas, born April 21, 1958; Donald Reid Ornelas, born August 10, 1964 and Sharon Dale Ornelas, born August 2, 1965. They moved to Loveland, Colorado, in 1962, and settled at 8th and Madison in 1965.

Joyce was predeceased by her brothers Jack and Bob; her sisters Virginia and Mary Lou; her daughter Sharon; her son Donnie and her husband Louie.

She is survived by her sons Ron and his wife Barb and Terry and his wife Eileen all of Loveland; Grandchildren  Amber and her husband Dillon and Shaun both of Loveland, Jamie, April and her husband Tyler, and Kimberly all of Springfield, Missouri; Great grandchildren Ian, Madison and Olivia of Springfield, Missouri, and Zienna, Holton, Neven and Azlyn of Loveland.

She is also survived by her siblings Donna Keller (Herb), Bonnie Tulp (Dennis), Richard Wilcox, Jim Wilcox (Diane), Debbie Wilcox and Susan Wilcox, all of Billings, Montana; along with numerous nieces and nephews in Billings, Montana, the Loveland area and throughout the country.

A memorial service will be held at Faith Church, 2707 N. Wilson Ave in Loveland, CO on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM with a reception in the Hall of Faith following services.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled American Veterans at PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250 or online at www.dav.org  (see link below)

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Memorial Service
March 2, 2019

2:00 PM
Faith Church
2707 N. Wilson Ave.
Loveland, CO 80538


Disabled American Veterans
PO Box 14301, Cincinnati OH 45250
Web: http://www.dav.org

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