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Joyce Fleming

Joyce Fleming

Aug 9, 1938 - May 24, 2024

Joyce Fleming, 85, of Riverton, Wyoming passed away Friday, May 24, 2024.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, June 10, 2024, at The Reach Clubhouse, 622 North 8th Street West, Riverton, WY 82501.


Joyce was born August 9, 1938 in Douglas, Wyoming to Ernest Rutherford and Anna (Josephine) Rutherford. She graduated from Lander Valley High School in 1956 and earned her degree in education from the University of Wyoming in 1962.


In August 1962, Joyce married Roy Jay Fleming. Although they divorced several years later, they shared two daughters, Shauna and Cristi.


Joyce had a profound love for teaching, dedicating 43 years to the profession.  She spent 29 years teaching first and second grade at Ashgrove Elementary in Riverton, Wyoming and 14 years in Albuquerque and Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico.


Beyond teaching, Joyce’s greatest joy were her four grandchildren. She cherished the time spent with them, always ensuring their days were filled with fun and love.


Joyce is survived by her daughters, Shauna Fleming (Steve Kutzer) of Riverton, Wyoming and Cristi (Bryon) Larson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; granddaughters, Taylor Lawlor, Bailey Lawlor, and Preslee Larson; and grandson, Landon Larson.


She was preceded in death by her sister, brothers, and parents.


A special thank you to Dr. Rao, nurses, the Rapid Response Team, and others at Sage West Hospital – Riverton, who were involved in caring for our mom. Also, a special thank you to Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness for caring for our mom in her final days.


On-line condolences may be made at


Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.