Joyce M. Braden, a lifelong resident of the Traverse City area, passed away on Feb. 4 at Munson Hospice House. Joyce was born in Cedar on Sept. 22, 1927 to Ole and Christina (Dlouhy) Grindstuen.
She graduated from Traverse City Senior High School in 1945. She married Robert C. Braden in October 1950, and together they raised three children, Michael, Nancy and Barbara.
She worked at Oleson's market for several years before she started her family, but always felt that her most important job was as a stay-at-home mother to her children. She was a talented seamstress, an active volunteer at her children's schools and later worked as a salesperson for the Talon Zipper Company.
She enjoyed arts and crafts, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a friend to all who knew her. She was a longtime member of the Child Study Club (later known as the "Bunny Club" after the children had all grown up!) and she enjoyed friendships with the other members of the club throughout her life. Her spirit, generosity and kindness will be missed by her family and friends.
Joyce is survived by her son, Michael Braden (Sharley Hower); daughter, Barbara Worland (David Blackmore); grandchildren, Peter Braden (Jessica Burns), Sam Braden, Nicholas Worland, Benjamin Worland and Kate Delgado; and great-grandchild, AJ Delgado. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Braden; daughter, Nancy Braden; parents, Christina and Ole Grindstuen; parents-in-law, Winifred and Carl Braden; sisters, Ruth Flees, Marjorie Ransom, Sharline Trimble and Marilyn Hatfield; and half-brother, Chester Hohnke.
The family would like to thank Munson Home Hospice and Hospice House for the wonderful care they provided to Joyce.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice, c/o Munson Healthcare Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Published on February 8, 2018