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Joyce P. Barrett, 93, of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on November 21, 2021 at Valley Senior Living / Woodside Village with her family by her side.
Joyce Patricia (Aardahl) Barrett was born on April 5, 1928 in Whitman, North Dakota to Peter and Julia (Aarhus) Aardahl. She was baptized at Sarnia Lutheran Church in Whitman, North Dakota. The family moved to Larimore, North Dakota, where Joyce was confirmed to Our Savior Lutheran Church. Joyce attended school and was active in the band, choir, and sang in a competitive trio group. She graduated from Larimore High School and has remained a proud alumnus, returning for class reunions, family visits, and Larimore Days. She attended Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks, North Dakota and worked as a legal secretary for the law firm Matt. During this time, she was introduced to the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Barrett, a handsome strong farmer from East Grand Forks. They married in 1951 at his native church in Larimore and became life members of the United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Joyce was active in the church and supported all local missionary work. She loved spending time with the Sons of Norway to celebrate her Norwegian heritage.

Joyce was proud of the Barrett Family Farm as she worked alongside Richard for many years. Together, they raised their six children on their family farm in rural East Grand Forks. She loved going to church, school, and sporting activities for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joyce had a deep love for her country and the men and women of military service, having seen her older brothers Clay, Leslie, and Maynard depart to serve in World War II and have her son, David, serve in the United States Navy, as well. than many other veterans. relatives and friends.
Joyce is survived by her children: Paul (Marilyn) Barrett of East Grand Forks, MN, David (Karen) Barrett of Sammamish, WA, John (Janice) Barrett of East Grand Forks, MN, Carolyn (Carlos) Resendez of San Antonio, TX, Glenn (Cindy) Barrett of Warren, MN, and Sandra (Paul) Burda of Thief River Falls, MN; 18 grandchildren: Josh (Stephanie) Barrett, Sarah (Aaron) Gustafson, Elizabeth Barrett, Katie (Lucas) Holzhueter, Jeffrey Hanson, Rebecah (Matthew) Boeckman, Anna (Jared) Bryl, Timothy Barrett, Erin Barrett, Andrew (Stacia) ) Barrett, Monica (Robert) Nalbach, Emily Barrett, Elissa Resendez, Gabriel Resendez, Marisa (Alberto) Moravia, Garrett Corlis, McKenna (David) Cosottile and Breanne (Chris) Recore; 16 great-grandchildren: Alexandra, Ronin, Blakely, Bristol, Briar, Jordan, Nora, Vada, Croix, Natalie, Henry, Isaac, Jackson, Clara and Luca; sister-in-law Marie “Toots” Barrett of East Grand Forks, MN, and several nieces, nephews, friends and family who will be mourned after her passing.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband, parents, sister Margaret Brandon and brothers Norman, Henry, Leslie, Clay and Maynard Aardahl.
Special thanks to all the staff at Woodside Village for their care and support.

Funeral Service: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:00 am, at the United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St., Grand Forks, ND 58201. The funeral will be webcast live on Joyce’s page at

Visits: 1 hour before church services.

Interment: Nisbet Cemetery, rural East Grand Forks, MN.

Online guestbook:

Arrangements by: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, MN


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