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Joyce Marie Durant

February 15, 1991 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 32) 32 Years Old
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Joyce Durant Obituary

Joyce Marie Durant, age 32, of the Bear Clan and Bemidji, MN, unexpectedly journeyed to the spirit world on Thursday, December 21, 2023, from Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN. She was born on February 15, 1991, in Bemidji, the daughter of Angela Carrier and Melvin Durant, Sr.

Joyce loved her kids, her cats, and family gatherings. She never said no to anyone who needed help, even times when she should have. Joyce was fun to be around, very caring, and respectful. She was easy to talk to, with excellent listening ears and problem-solving ideas. She always wanted to uplift others and did whatever she could to make their day better. Joyce’s favorite show was “Shameless”. She was a home body, enjoying binge watching shows. Joyce liked going to pow wows and babysitting for family.

Those greeting Joyce in the spirit world are her dad, Melvin Durant, Sr.; auntie, Brenda Oberg; uncle, Henry “Sonny” Rushman; and niece, Kadence Durant.

Family that Joyce leaves behind to forever cherish her memories are her mom, Angela Carrier; son, Tocha Nelson, Jr.; daughters, Violet Wilson, K-den Nelson, Kyra Durant; brothers, Melvin (Jessie) Durant, Jr., Murice Goggleye, Derrick Carrier, Angelo (Delaney) Smith, Gage Smith, Mike Durant; sisters, Chelsea (Tocha) Nelson, Jennifer Durant; grandparents, Regina and James Wilson; and auntie, Annabell (Gordon) Kingbird.

An overnight wake for Joyce will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2023, and continue until her traditional service at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2023, all to be held at the Mission Community Center in Mission, MN. Joyce’s Spiritual Advisor is Adrian Liberty. Those helping to lay Joyce to rest are Melvin Durant, Jr., Murice Goggleye, Mike Durant, Angelo Smith, James Wilson, Gordon Kingbird, with alternates Derrick Carrier and Gage Smith. Honorary pallbearers are all Joyce’s Family and Friends. Interment will be in the Inger Cemetery in Inger, MN.

Joyce’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com

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December 28, 2023

4:00 PM
Mission Community Center
Mission Road
Mission/Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633

Traditional American Indian Service
December 29, 2023

9:30 AM
Mission Community Center
Mission Road
Mission/Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633


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