Joyce Antoinette Valle, age 65, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, “fell asleep in death”, (John 11:11-14) on December 6, 2020, at UC Health Memorial Hospital.
She was born to Joe & Frances Salazar on December 2, 1955,at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.
Joyce was married to her husband, Roberto Valle, for 31 years. They lived together in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Joyce is survived by her four sons: Thomas Arnold, Levi Arnold, Josuē Valle, and David Valle. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Sadie Dawn Root.
Joyce was kind, fun, and loving. Her smile made us feel a joy that cannot be described. She was brave and wise, empathetic and compassionate. She was the one we turned to for advice, comfort, and even courage. She was a devoted wife and a wonderful and supportive mother. But what brought her life true happiness, was her devotion to our Father in heaven, Jehovah God. (Mathew 5:3)
In 1986, Joyce had come to realize that something was missing from her life. Something, or rather, someone, she didn’t even realize she needed, Jehovah God. She began to pray, asking God for guidance and help. One day, a knock came to her door, and when she answered, she saw it was Jehovah’s Witnesses there to greet her. She told them that she already had her own religion, but she continued to pray, begging God to send her guidance, and again, another knock came to her door, and again, Jehovah’s Witnesses had come to offer her good news. But once again, she turned them away, not yet realizing Jehovah was doing his utmost to answer her prayers. Finally, one day, Jehovah sent Barbara Martin, someone that would become closer to her than a sister. When Barb first met Joyce, she was unloading groceries from her car in front of her house. Joyce, right away, was very friendly, and as Barb informed her that they were Jehovah’s Witnesses, for some reason, Barb said, “Joyce, you have to become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses because you look just like our family!” From then on, Joyce began her spiritual journey to becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and made several friends she loved dearly loved such as Dave Martin, Barbara’s husband, and Mike and Angie Brust, Barbara Yonkers, Teresa Roth, and many more. Within Jehovah’s organization, Joyce found a family that she never knew she wanted or needed. (Matthew 19:29)
Not long after she began studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses, she met her future husband, Roberto. In 1987, Roberto worked up the courage to ask her to marry him. Joyce was so happy to be asked, but something caused her to hesitate in accepting his offer. She told him that she loved him, but she could not marry someone who did not love Jehovah as she did. Perplexed by her answer, he began to wonder what it was about Jehovah that was so important to her? Without telling her, he began studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses. In time, Joyce found out about his studying, and when she did, she went to him and told him, “Ok. I’ll marry you.” The two were married on March 20, 1989. and on June 23, 1990, Joyce made the biggest decision of her life and made a public dedication through water baptism to Jehovah God. (Matthew 28:19). Roberto soon followed in her footsteps and was baptized in 1991.
Joyce enjoyed many blessings in her life. Working together with Roberto, they were able to provide a stable and safe home for Josuē and David. She worked hard to instill Jehovah’s values in her four sons. One of her happiest moments was when Josuē made his choice to get baptized and she was so proud of David for working towards the same goal himself. Tommy, too, made her so proud and happy when he would come to study the Bible with her and Josuē and she treasured every opportunity to discuss the Bible with Levi (3 John 4). Thanks to Jehovah, Joyce had a husband who loved her and supported her and four sons who would drop everything to help her when she needed it most. Even though she suffered with a great deal of health problems, towards the end of her life, she took great comfort in scriptures like Revelation 21:4: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” It was scriptures like these that kept her going, giving her the strength to endure. She had great faith that Jehovah would keep his promise of a future when she would no longer feel the sting of imperfection. A future in which she would no longer be forced to see her sons struggle with their disabilities or the pains and difficulties that life throws at us. But most importantly, she had the hope of everlasting life in paradise on Earth. (John 3:16; Isaiah 65:17, 21-24)
There is one more hope she held near and dear to her heart, another great promise given to us by Jehovah. It is a hope her family has and it is a hope that all of Jehovah’s Witnesses share: the hope of the resurrection. (John 5:28, 29) There are no words to describe how much her family and friends miss her, but we take solace in the knowledge that Jehovah holds her in his memories and we take comfort in the scriptures found at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Acts 24:15. Those of us that knew her best, that believed as she believed, know that we will see her again one day, young, healthy, and perfect.
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