Brigham City-Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Rella Joy Peabody, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2021 at McKay Dee Hospital from complications from surgery.
Joy was born on September 5, 1938 to Walter Decater Gunter "Kate" and Marjorie May Spencer Gunter. She was raised in Idaho and attended North Fremont High School.
Joy married her sweetheart, Steven Peabody on June 13, 1956 in the Idaho Falls temple.
Joy was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in several capacities. She and Steven served a mission to the Trinidad-West Indies mission from 1996-1997.
Joy loved gardening, quilting, sewing, tole painting, reading and dancing with Steve for 65 years. She was a volunteer at the Brigham City Senior Center for 17 years. She worked in the kitchen helping with Meals on Wheels.
Joy is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sharon Winegar; brother, LaMar Gunter and a twin sister, Ella, who died at birth.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; 6 children, Debbie (Richard) Leahman, Lynette (Jerry) Rogers, Lane Peabody, Rick (Deanna) Peabody, Denise (Glen) Johnson, J.S. Peabody; sister, Donetta Reum; 18 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff in the ICU and Surgical unit at McKay-Dee Hospital.
A funeral service will be held on June 5, 2021 at the Brigham Central Ward, 506 South 200 East, Brigham City at 11:00am.
A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9-10:30am.
Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com
Click this link to view additional details about Rella's Services, including any available live streams: https://my.gather.app/remember/rella-joy-peabody
"Joy was a very dear friend of mine. We have known Steven and Joy for many years. Joy and I were visiting teaching companions and worked together in our ward kitchen. Can't imagine her not being the one bustling about serving for funerals. I will miss her and Steve sitting on row three with all of our friends for sacrament meeting and especially doing sealings with our ward twice a month since our temple opened. I mention these things to show how her life was one of service. That is what she did - ministered to others. She was a good loyal friend and full of fun. I will miss her so much. I extend my condolences to Steve. They were like two people in one body. They were always seen holding hands. A true love story.
"I knew Joy from the Senior Center. She was a dear person and a hard worker that people could learn from."