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Joyce Orabelle Jorgensen, American artist, writer. Recipient Gov's award in Arts and Humanities, 1974, Outstanding Communicator award Denver Press Club for Bill Daniels Communications Center, 1982, B.P.O.E. (Elks) Distinguished Citizenship award, 1986; named Ouray County Woman of the Year, 1974, Outstanding Communicator Sigma Delta Chi (Colorado chapter), Society Professor Journalists, 1974.


Jorgensen, Joyce Orabelle was born on February 26, 1928 in Newell, Iowa, United States. Daughter of James G. and Elsie C. (Haahr) Andersen.


Private art study, Arthur Schweider, 1945-1946.


Co-public and editor, Orleans (Nebraska) Chronicle, 1949-1953;co-public and editor, Ouray County Herald, 1954-1956;operator, Little Studio & Gallery, Ouray, Colorado, 1954-1956;private secretary, office manager, Attorney General, Juneau, Alaska., 1957-1958;freelance artist, instructor, operator, Jorgensen Studio and Gallery J, Ouray, 1959-1968;editor, Ouray County Plaindealer, 1967-1970;public, editor, Ouray County Plaindealer, 1970-1990;established, public, editor, The Ridgway (Colorado) Sun, 1980-1990.


Secretary Ouray City Planning and Zoning Commission, 1969-1970. Chairman Ouray Board of Zoning Appeals, 1971-1975. Board directors, creator Ouray County Arts Council and Artists Alpine Holiday, 1961-1962.

Originator, director Small Sch's. Art Program, 1963-1964. Originator, member commission to Restore Ouray City Hall Facade, 1974-1978, 1987-1988.

Colorado Press Association State Chairman to National Newspaper Association, 1978-1979.


Married John G. Jorgensen, April 27, 1949 (deceased December 1958). Children: Richard, Kirsten, John (deceased). Married Los Angeles Johnson, January 1, 1965 (divorced January 1968).

1 child, Brian.

James G. Andersen

Elsie C. (Haahr) Andersen

John G. Jorgensen

Los Angeles Johnson

Richard Jorgensen

Kirsten Jorgensen

John Jorgensen (deceased)

Brian Jorgensen