Joy Wiebe, Haul Road Trucker

We are sad beyond words to learn of the death of Joy Wiebe.  She was a beautiful vibrant soul who brought cheer to the lives of many a trucker on the Dalton Highway.  Jack considered her a good friend, not just a fellow trucker.  Many an afternoon or evening was whiled away on the road in conversation about this or that, always a positive experience with Joy who improved the mood of each day and situation she was in.  Full of energy, always wanting to be a better person, the world lost an asset the day she died.

I was able to meet Joy in Coldfoot about 2 months ago.  I liked her immediately.  Her smile and attitude were kind and open.  She was a humble person, small of stature but strong and able and energetic.  She touched my life for only a couple of minutes yet I find myself crying for a person I barely knew.  Why Joy had to go and why her family has to now be overcome by grief and the question of how they can go on, we’ll never know.  We can only feel deep sadness and pain at a world without her.

Jack and I send our deepest sympathies to the family of Joy Wiebe.  We cannot imagine their grief.  We want them to know that this trucker, as well as so many others, thought the world of Joy.  She was a shining beam of light on a dark night, on the Haul Road.  She was a Joy.


Anchorage Daily News Article


11 comments on “Joy Wiebe, Haul Road Trucker

  1. jinnysue says:

    well Judy, I read your statement and it was really beautiful. So nice that you just met Joy briefly but was very touched by her. I read the obituary and it seems everybody loved her l. I think it’s pretty funny that her kids said they going to eat their vegetables and be kind to each other. That’s real love, right?! Yes it’s sad, but sometimes when people are such a blessing to everybody I just think maybe that’s all the life they needed to live. I don’t mean anything demeaning by that. It’s just my way of accepting it.

    • judyinalaska says:

      The obituary was lovely and I loved those comments. When I met her she showed me her salad that she put together at the Coldfoot buffet…I remember broccoli and cranberries and all kinds of healthy stuff.

  2. Judith H Lawson says:

    My sympathy goes out to all the friends and family of Joy Wiebe. It’s so heartbreaking to lose someone you love, especially under tragic, unexpected circumstances. I pray for peace and comfort during this time for everyone. I noticed she was holding a dog in the pictures, did the dog ride with her on her trips? Was he in the accident and if he was did he survive? I have a heart for animals and always hope for the best for them.

    • judyinalaska says:

      She did takes dogs frequently with her but not on this trip, as far we know. Thanks for the comments. Some time back Jack’s truck broke down and he road back with her and she had with her a big white fluffy dog that was shedding like crazy. 🙂

    • Matt says:

      The dog in the photo is Willie. He ran away from the pound and just hopped into my moms truck. So away they went. She would take Willie, Salita, Sophie, Tracy, Bullet with her on her trips, but none were with her during the accident. She had a huge place in her heart for animals. They’re very comforting to me at this time.

  3. Matt says:

    Hi Judy,

    Thank you so much for writing this about our mom. She would be so humbled to have the amazing amount of support from so many. She was so beyond amazing, and your kind words bring comfort. We miss her so much each day.

  4. Michael Clark says:

    Great watching you on the series of ice Road truckers . I’m an hgv 1 driver here in the UK .we visited Canada last year in Ravenna ,great country , loved the kenworth trucks you push . You come across as being one very wise driver . anyway just to say much kind regards to you

  5. Levi Rosson says:

    That big white fluffy dog was my dog Woody. He is alive and well and at home with my wife and I. We also adopted another of my mom’s dog. Willie was the shelter run away that my mom adopted. He was getting old when she had her accident and was always waiting for her. He passed not too long afterwards. Thanks for all the kind words of my mom. Almost a year later and I still can’t believe she is gone.

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