Joyce A “Jensen” Whalley

Joyce A. (Jensen) Whalley

March 21, 1940 – June 8, 2024

Preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Whalley; her parents, Arthur Jensen and Patricia “Madden” Jensen; brothers, Richard “Dick” Jensen, Lawrence “Larry” Jensen, all of Omaha.

Joyce is survived by her children, Dawn Whalley Faulkner, Gary Whalley and Leslie Whalley, all of Omaha; her grandchildren, Jensen(Caressa)Faulkner of Pittsburg, CA, Brody(Ashley)Faulkner of Omaha, NE, and Mallory(Joseph)Faulkner of Omaha, NE; two great-grandbabies, Maverick Gerald Faulkner and Colt Barkley Faulkner; sisters, Maureen Jensen Short of Scottsdale, AZ and Connie Dugan of Lisle, IL; brother, David(Randie)Jensen of Las Vegas, NV; and many beloved family members and life-long friends.

Joyce was born in Omaha, NE. She attended grade school at St. Peter and Paul and finished her 8th grade year at Our Lady of Lourdes. She graduated from Mercy High School in 1958. After graduation she went to work at Swift and Company where she later met Jerry Whalley.  They were married on June 16, 1962. Soon after they moved to Los Angeles, CA where they lived for six years. During that time Joyce modeled and even coordinated a style show at Disneyland for May Company. After the birth of their first two children, she and her husband returned to Omaha to open Jerry’s Bar. The pair owned the bar in Benson for 33 years. Joyce dedicated her life to raising her three children. She was also involved in the Junior League and played various sports such as tennis, golf and bowling. As her children grew up, she returned to modeling. She organized many large style shows throughout Omaha, did trunk showings and Tea Room Modeling at local Omaha restaurants and businesses. She later went to work for the Omaha Marriott as a buyer for their gift shop. Joyce arranged large style shows for corporate conferences at the Marriot and eventually went on to work on the Concierge level. Joyce received a Century Club Award for her over 25 years of service at Marriott. In her spare time Joyce loved to travel and was an avid golfer, she even got 2 hole -in-ones, the latest of which was at 79 years young.

Joyce loved to entertain in her home, and many have said she and her home were the heart and soul of our large family. Joyce welcomed everyone with open arms. She was a fabulous cook. She made every holiday so special. She was an amazing wife, mother and Nonnie. She was a loyal sister, aunt and friend. She made everyone feel loved and important. Her smile lit up a room and she had an impeccable fashion sense. She loved fiercely and was generous to everyone. She had a kind heart and the best laugh.

Her most amazing attribute was her unwavering faith. It was at the center of everything in her life and what got her through the good times and bad times.  She always walked through life with faith and grace. She was our Matriarch and the soul of our family. She was the epitome of love and adoration.  She will be missed dearly.

Please join us in honoring and celebrating her beautiful life!

Visitation: Monday, July 1 at 9:30am at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 3601 N 65th Street, Omaha NE

Mass of Christian Burial:  Monday July 1 at 11:00am at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 3601 N 65th Street, Omaha, NE

Luncheon: Heafey, Hoffman, Dworak and Cutler Community Room, directly after funeral, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, NE

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Memorials are suggested to Siena Francis House of Omaha, NE.

Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, Ne 68124. (402)-391-3900.


  • Jan and Gene Dixon Posted June 19, 2024 3:06 pm

    We will miss her with all our heart. She was a good friend and golf partner. Blessing to all her family

  • David Lauman Posted June 20, 2024 5:26 am

    Sorry to hear about Joyce she was a long time lawn customer of mine so were her siblings her sister in law Virgins able and got to know all her kids she like Virgina cared about the person working on her yard in hot weather you could always tell she had a good heart what a wonderful person

  • Patrick Posted June 20, 2024 7:16 am

    Beautifully done. Aunt Joyce was always welcoming and such an amazing host. Fitting that she was known to us as Aunt Joy. I’m going to miss stopping over to her place on holidays and when family was in town… but most of all meeting her and Aunt Mo for the annal pilgrimage to Jerry’s. She will be missed.

  • Kathleen Cranny Posted June 23, 2024 12:09 pm

    Oh, how I miss you Joy. You will always and ever be the one of THE MOST SPECIAL PERSONS AND NIECE that God gave me. I miss you, I love you and I pray for you. Now rest easy, you are Special. I love you.

  • Joe Mlnarik Posted June 24, 2024 9:35 pm

    God Bless Joyce! I am so glad to know her, and your family, all these years!

  • Harold danner Posted June 26, 2024 8:35 pm

    Left omaha in 1972 & moved to Carroll.ia. spent much time at Jerry’s Bar with friends from Benson area. Enjoyed going there on Fri condolences

  • Connie Dugan Posted June 27, 2024 8:18 am

    Thank you for being a great big sister and friend. So many stories, memories, and laughs. This will be a huge void for our family. I hope you are having a drink with all our family members ( as Dawn puts it) Jerry’s Heavenly Bar. ❤️ Rest in peace sweet Joy you will be missed!!!!

    • Jodi wallace Posted June 28, 2024 9:46 pm

      Joyce was always a light in the room. She always made me laugh and always made me feel like family. Love you Joyce! We will all miss you!

  • Jodi Wallace Posted June 28, 2024 9:44 pm

    Joyce was always a light in the room! Always making me laugh and always treating me like family. I will never forget the good times at the holidays and the vacations I got to share with her.

  • Jodi Wallace Posted June 28, 2024 9:52 pm

    Joyce was always a light in the room, so welcoming and always made me feel like family. She will be missed by many! Happy I was able to have so many laughs with her through the years!

  • Niamh C Murphy Posted June 30, 2024 1:33 pm

    Such a kind classy lady. Always smiling with that one of a kind laugh. She always went above and. Beyond for others and I will miss her so much. Rest in peace Joyce.

  • Mary salisbury Posted June 30, 2024 9:17 pm

    My Dear Aunt Joyce
    So thankful for her in my life. We enjoyed a few trips to Vegas and Berkshire! She was full of class which I loved! Was always positive and found the best in people. Will miss our phone calls for at least an hour or so and then she would say ok I need to roll talk to you soon! Love you so much Aunt Joyce! You brought your Joy to so many!! Love you forever Mary X O

  • Margot Neudorff Schmid Posted July 2, 2024 2:10 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the family. I remember meeting your Mom and told her who I was. My Dad also worked at Swift’s. I remember picking Jerry up with my Dad to go to work at Swift’s. So sorry for you loss

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