After a long and active life our mom has gone to her final rest.
She leaves to mourn her husband of 68 years, Keith; son Kim; daughter Arleigh (Ed); daughter Erin(Gordie), and son Mark (Carrie).
Grandchildren; David, Chancey and Justin, Wade, Whitney and Sarah, Cole, Brenda. Garrett and Rachel.
She had 17 great grandchildren. Also surviving her are sisters Edna (Mervin), Eunice (Marcel), Colleen (Dennis) , Marla (Edson), brother Glen.
She was predeceased by brothers Mervin, Lyle and Lorne (Ella), Parents Sam and Janet and grandson Tyler.
Joyce grew up in McCreary. She attended County School and then Rosemound High School until Grade XI. Before school began in the fall she came down with polio and was unable to attend.
Her principal, Mr. McCullum made a point of coming to the store, where she was employed. One day he came hurrying in – waving a large envelope, saying, “this is an approval to go to summer school for 6 weeks. then you can teach for a year.” Well this was all fine and dandy, but she needed $100.00 for the entry fee.
She swallowed her pride and asked her grandpa for the money. She had no idea that she would end up teaching at Wanless.
One year after coming to Wanless, she and Keith were married. They became involved in the pulpwood business for three years with his dad as a partner. In 1954, Keith gave up the pulpwood business and he and Joyce built Kum Bac Kabins, a business catering to the many fisherman who were coming north as the highway was opened to Flin Flon. A business still operated today by their daughter and son-in-law.
In 2000, Kum Bac Kabins was awarded the service excellence award from the Manitoba Government, the first time this award was given to anyone. A very proud moment indeed!
After 50 years in the business it was time to retire. Her final years were spent at Pineview Manor in The Pas. Cremation has taken place and burial will be in the Wanless cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers are the many friends she made over the years.
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