Muriel JOYCE Susan

September 17, 1924 – March 3, 2007

Loving wife and mother, artist, musician, teacher, gardener and lover of the outdoors.

Predeceased in 1997 by husband Charlie, Joyce is survived by sons Dennis (Val) of Toronto and Tom (Kate) and their children Adam, Austin and Andrea of Edmonton and siblings Tom (Morag) Oxland, Olive (Bruce) Young and Daphne Ormond.

Joyce was born in Coaldale, Alberta and grew up there and in Lethbridge during the Depression. After high school, she left home for Edmonton and obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta. Her first teaching assignment was in Drumheller, Alberta where she met and married Charlie. In 1958, she and Charlie moved their young family to Grande Prairie, then a rough and remote frontier town, in pursuit of opportunity and prosperity. She taught high school there and also became an active and prominent member of the local musical and artistic communities. After moving to Vernon in 1985, Joyce was able to devote more time and energy to watercolours and oil painting, at which she excelled. She immensely enjoyed her years in Vernon and had many fond memories of her walks and travels in the area.

At Joyce’s request, a private funeral service for immediate family only will be held the morning of Saturday, March 10, 2007. At 2pm that afternoon, a celebration of Joyce’s life will be held in the Inglewood Community Clubhouse, 1001 – 30th Ave., Vernon, BC. All her friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Flowers would be gratefully accepted, or friends may wish to make donations in memory of Joyce to Hospice House, 3506 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, V1T 1S4. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home. 542-0155.

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