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Joy Sian

Joy Marilyn Sian (Welborn)

Thursday, May 27th, 1937 - Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
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Joy Marilyn Sian received her wings in the early morning of July 3rd, 2019 in the comfort of her home. She was 84 years young.
“Nana” Joy was born May 27th, 1935 to William and Captola Potts Welborn in Billings, Montana. Joy was raised on the Welborn Ranch north of the Yellowstone River, near the Waco dam. She attended school in Custer and graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1953. After high school Joy caught the eye of her bother Dean’s close friend, Herman Sian. The two wed on December 13th, 1953. Together they built a farm and family east of Pompeys Pillar, today known as Sian Land and Livestock. In 1996 Joy and Herman retired to a small farm in Worden.
Joy was a devout woman of faith, devoted wife, loving mother, caring nana, expert seamstress, green thumb gardener and a steadfast citizen of the Huntley Project community. She was a staple at Huntley Project events, cheering on her children and grandchildren in all of their activities. Joy enjoyed working the Worden voting precinct, hosting family celebrations, attending hobby club and monthly outings with close friends. Extended family will always remember her determination and passion to continue the Potts Picnic tradition and her “Marvin Burgers.” We will all miss her infectious smile and warm greetings, which often included a big hug.
Joy had been in hospice care since May, but inspired many with her positive cheerful outlook and unwavering anticipation of heaven. A special thanks to Dr. Timothy Dernbach, Dr. David Christianson, Frontier Cancer Center and Paula and Jessica from Riverstone Hospice.
She is preceded in death by husband of almost 54 years, Herman; brothers Dale and Dean; and mother and father.
Joy is survived by her 5 children, Robin Sian of Worden, Valley Sian of Worden, Bambi (Lenny) Dalke of Worden, Randy (Carolyn) Sian of Pompeys Pillar and Peri (Rick) Martin of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; Siblings Russell Welborn of Anacortes, Washington, Stanley Welborn of Worden, Don (Pat) Welborn of Twin Bridges, Jerry (Sandy) Welborn of Buffalo, Wyoming and Linda (Bob) Romers of Mesa, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to the Worden Fire & Ambulance and Special K Ranch.
Services will be held Monday, July 8th, 2:00 pm at Chancey’s Event Center with a potluck meal to follow. Visitation will be at Smith Funeral Chapels Downtown Sunday, July 7th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 7th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, July 7th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    925 S. 27th Street
    Billings, MT 59101
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  • Service

    Monday, July 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, July 8th, 2019 2:00pm
    Chancey's Event Center
    266 Hogan Road
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  • Reception

    Chancey's Event Center
    266 Hogan Road
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Stewart Penn

Posted at 12:23am
I am so sad to hear the news. I was so lucky to have gotten to know a little bit of this gracious woman. I will miss her amazing smile. See you on the other side, Joy!!

Shawna, Dan & Bella Candler

Posted at 07:23pm
In loving memory of an incredibly special and brave woman. Aunt Joy will be missed and always remembered.
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The Wandles

Posted at 02:56pm
Joy- perfect name for a person who brought happiness and Joy to so many. We feel blessed to have known her and have had her touch our lives with her kindness.
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Posted at 11:14pm
I was so sad to read of Joy's passing. I am, however, happy she joins Herman for she missed him. I loved them both. My condolences to you. I know you will miss her but her spirit will reside with you always. Mary Cruzan

Sharon Engle

Posted at 02:51pm
Sincere sympathy to all of Joy's immediate and extended family, memories are forever.

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