Joy Lynn Conwell

Joy Lynn Conwell

September 25, 1952 - October 25, 2021

Joy Lynn Conwell of Salem, and formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed from this life on Monday, October 25, 2021, at the Park Place Elder Living Center, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, after a short illness at the age of 69. She was recently diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer.

She was born on September 25, 1952, in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Don Leroy and Miriam Louise (Harrison) Ferguson. As a young child she attended a variety of elementary schools, including a “one room” school near Wayland, Iowa, graduating from Mediapolis High School in Mediapolis, Iowa in 1970. She attended college classes at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, University of Iowa and Brigham Young University, Provo, UT focusing on museum studies.

Joy was united in marriage to Edward Eugene Conwell on June 13, 1974, at Logan, Utah. Joy and Ed were married 47 years and had two children, Kathleen Joy and Edward Eugene Jr. Joy was employed as a bank teller with the Burlington Bank and Trust prior to her marriage and was a stay-at-home mother until her children were in school. She then worked part-time at Williams Clothing and Adventureland Video both of Mt. Pleasant.

Joy and Ed moved to Atlantic, Iowa for five years where she worked as Editor of the local newspaper and as a librarian in the Atlantic High School. They then returned to Henry County and Joy spent the last twenty years with the Chadwick Library of Iowa Wesleyan University. She loved history and spent those years researching and organizing the university archives.

Joy was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many capacities in the church and in the community, she also was a member of the Chapter NZ of P.E.O. She was the first woman to serve on the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Board of Directors and organized the Explorer Post at the Log Village. She served on the Fellowship Cup Board and served three terms as a member of the Mt. Pleasant Community School Board. She served as the chairman of the Governor’s Youth Conference during the Branstad Administration.

Joy is survived by her husband, Ed, and son, Ed Jr., along with her sisters, Sheila Frances (Joseph) Gorsuch, of Tucson, Arizona, Hope Darlene (Dale) Jennett, of Morning Sun, Iowa, and Eileen Faith (Mark) Doneson of Tucson, Arizona, and her brother, Wayde Eugene Ferguson of Mt. Pleasant, along with several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Kathleen Joy Conwell, her sisters, Paulette Elaine, Karen Sue and Ann Louise and her brother, Joseph “E”.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Palm Ave, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Presiding at the service will be Ryan Sowell, branch president. Burial will follow the service in Forest Home Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Friday at the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant where the family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. A memorial has been established in her memory. Following the service the family invites everyone back to the church for a time of fellowship.

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