Joyce E. Schlueter, 90

Joyce Elaine Scranton Schlueter, devoted mother and friend to many, was called home on May 5, 2019 from the Cherry County Hospital.

Joyce was born February 28, 1929 in Plainview, NE to Ed and Hattie Scranton. She lived in Plainview and graduated from Plainview High School in 1947. She continued her education at the Norfolk School of Beauty, graduating in 1948. She moved to Valentine and established her career as a beautician. She eventually owned and operated her own shop, Aladdin’s Lamp Salon until retiring in 1978. Joyce was active in Business & Professional Women’s Association, Zion Lutheran Ladies’ Aid, Garden Club, Red Hats, Quilt Guild, Centennial Hall Board, Cherry County Historical Society and Book Club. She especially enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading and other needle crafts. Times with family and grandchildren were her favorite activities.

Joyce married James O’Neill in 1948. To this union, four children were born; Tom, Patti, Ann, and Bonnie. Her second marriage was to Bruno Schlueter in 1974.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Hattie, and son, Tom.

She is survived by her husband, Bruno, three daughters; Pat Gibson (Joe), Ann Haynes (Dean) and Bonnie Mehrens (Mike) and her brother, Ron Scranton (Alice).

Her love will live on in the lives of her 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, as well as, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Her family pays this tribute to her: “ Joyce was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. She opened her heart and extended her love to everyone. She was a special lady and will be sorely missed by all.”

Services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in Valentine, NE on May 11, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.

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