Joyce Mikkelson, 91, of Harmony

Joyce Mikkelson, 91, of Harmony, died peacefully on Friday, July 20, 2018. 
The eldest of nine children, she was born on April 1, 1927, in Prairie du Chien, Wis., to Lawrence and Genevieve LaPointe. 
She left school early to help support the family during the Great Depression. 
On Aug. 19, 1945, she married Melenor Mikkelson, and together they raised four children. She died one month shy of their 73rd anniversary.
Over the years, in addition to being a beloved wife and mother, she worked for a time at Harmony Enterprises and Stan’s Bakery. She learned to drive a car in her forties and served as Harmony’s Avon Lady, selling cosmetics door-to-door. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and crafts. 
She is survived by her husband, Mel; her children, Larry Mikkelson, Gary Mikkelson, Sherry Miller and Tami Hoag; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; her brothers, Gene LaPointe, Bruce LaPointe and Ron LaPointe and her sister, Sandy Thompson.
Her funeral was held on Thursday, July 26, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Croix Hospice, 3800 Hwy 52 North, Ste. 200, Rochester, MN 55901,