After an intense six month struggle with inflammatory breast cancer, Joyce passed away at the Invermere Hospital on July 4, 2010. She was predeceased by her daughter (Carol) and graddaughter (Tamara) in 1972 and her husband (Irwin) in 1985. She is survived by her daughter (Lee Wrathall) and husband (Grant), and grandchildren Kim, Christy and Blair (wife Dana and great grandson Gavin) all from Calgary. She has one son in Calgary (Wayne) and a surviving brother in Kelowna (Basil Foster). She has seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Joyce was born in Henley on Thames England and served in World War II in the British army, where she met her husband and had her first daughter during wartime. After her husband was wounded and returned to Canada as a War Amputee she took the trip across the ocean with so many other war brides and their children to settle in Calgary until 1968. At that time her husband took early retirement and they moved to Shuswap Lake until he passed away. Joyce moved to Chase and resided there until 2007 when she moved to Invermere to be near her daughter and family and their second home in Radium. She was very familiar with the area as the family had a cottage on Lake Windermere for ten years, so it was like a homecoming for her. She enjoyed the wonderful friendships she had at Columbia Garden Village until her passing.
Thanks is not enough to say to Dr. Mannheimer for his compassion and care, the dedicated nurses at the Invermere Hospital, Shauna Cameron, and the Home Care staff.
Joyce will be sadly missed by her daughter Lee, who spent many months with her before her passing and her husband and children who were with her around the clock in that last week of her life.
Joyce will be buried in Calgary with her husband and next to her daughter and graddaughter. She requested no funeral but if you wish you can donate to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Joyce.