Barbara Joy Proctor Kemp

St. George, Utah, Barbara Joy Proctor Kemp passed away on April 18, 2021.  Joy was born August 29, 1933, in Los Angeles, California to Basil Theodore (1902-1974) and Florence Drucilla (Ferguson) (1900-1988) Judkins. Joy married Arthur “Art” Proctor, Jr. (1931-2007) on February 2, 1953, in St. George, Utah temple. They were married for 54 years.  After Art’s death, she married Gene J Kemp (1933-2015) on April 4, 2009, in St George, Utah.

Joy was raised in East Los Angeles.  She was active and exuberant. At Montebello High School, she was a cheerleader.  Her brother, Ray, while serving in the New England Mission met Art and gave him his sister’s picture.  Art wrote Joy and they started their pen-pal romance.  It did not take long after Art returned from his mission for them to go to St. George Temple to be sealed for time and all eternity.

Joy was always creative and her home and her neighbor’s homes were filled with the evidence.  She was a great cook, a fiercely protective mother, and could talk to anyone.  Because she loved everyone she met, they loved her back and her infectious laugh filled both her home and the hearts of all she met.

For years she was a stay-at-home wife and mother. She also worked as a meat wrapper at Vons and she ran her own wedding flower business.  Later, she worked in the Anaheim Union High School District as an attendance clerk and then as a nurse’s clerk.  She loved the kids and staff in every school she worked.

Joy and Art raised their children in Buena Park, California and were always active and leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Joy had many church callings including Primary teacher and president, Young Women’s camp director, Relief Society president, and others.

Joy is survived by her four children: Peggy Ann Proctor Clarke, Lynn P Tempest, Susan Rae Proctor Grisier, and David Arthur Proctor and his wife, Daonne Marie Farley Proctor; eight grandchildren: Susannah Clarke, Jennifer Clarke Betuk, Nathan Ryan Grisier, Natalie Rose Grisier, Noelle Taylor Grisier, James Arthur Proctor, Shauna Lynn Proctor, and Justine Danielle Smith and eleven great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Arlis Whitmore, and four stepchildren, Korey (and Mary) Kemp, Derek (and Lisa) Kemp, Andrea (and Brad) Jensen, and Marlene (and Marcio) Souza, and their eight children and eleven grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her four siblings: Lois Allene, Nola Ruth, Donald Ray, and Robert Theodore; two husbands, her granddaughter, Nicole Rene Grisier, and her stepson, William Craig Kemp.

A private family graveside service will be held on April 22, 2021, in Veyo, Utah, where she will be laid to rest.

As a family, we would like to thank the Applegate hospice team for their tender care.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Joy’s online guest book at



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4 Responses

  1. Joy was a kind and loving soul. She was generous beyond words, her love of family was undeniable. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her. My sympathy to her loving family.

  2. We have counted Joy as one of our dearest friends for almost sixty years. We have such fond memories of both fun and spiritual times spent together in California and Utah. Who could ever forget the memorable domino games with Joy and Art, or the trips to Education Week at BYU. Joy was a special lady that will always hold a special spot in our hearts. Our thoughts go out to her family.

  3. I count Joy as one of my special friends. We had many great times together especially when we were next door neighbors in Dammeron Valley. UT. My love and thoughts to all the family.

  4. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Joy was a beautiful person inside and out. She truly did have an infectious smile each and every time I saw her!

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