Joyce Darlene Lang was born on Dec. 11, 1933, in Greeley, Colo. She was the daughter of Vincent Langston and Lydia (Bernhardt) Langston.
She grew up in Greeley, where she graduated from high school. She married Donald Lang on June 7, 1952 in Greeley. After they married, Donald entered the Army, and they spent time at Fort Ord in California and then in Baltimore, Md.
After getting out of the Army, they spent a short time in rural Riverton, Wyo., and then settled in Lakewood, Colo.
In 1971, Donald and Joyce Lang moved their businesses from Lakewood to Pine Junction in Park County, where Joyce studied and became a real estate broker. She was honored to receive the “Realtor of the Year” in 1999 from the Mountain Metro Board. Joyce served on the board’s legislature committee to work with elected officials to understand property rights issues.
In addition to her real estate activities, Joyce managed her commercial rental properties, and was a booster for the development of Pine Junction. She volunteered and participated in many Park and Jefferson County community organizations over the years.
She had a passion for travel. In the last 30 years she travelled with her daughter, visiting all seven continents. Joyce loved living in the mountains, gardening and her cats.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and husband Donald. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Lang, and son-in-law Jonathan Barker of Lakewood, Colo.; cousin Sandra (Lonnie) Keyser of Cheyenne, Wyo.; cousin Donna (Mel) Herrmann of Edgewater, Colo.; cousin Dolores Flahaut of Tacoma, Wash.; and many more cousins across the U.S.
A memorial service celebrating Joyce’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at the Platte Canyon Community Center in Shawnee, Colo. The address is 57 County Road 64, Shawnee, which is just west of Bailey, Colo.
For any questions call Ruth Lang 720-630-0772 or Carrie Marsh 303-838-7802. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Colorado or National Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Horan & McConaty in Lakewood, Colo.