Joyce Elaine Clayton
September 3, 1925 – October 6, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce, our much loved matriarch. She has left us with her wisdom, her stories and memories, and her unconditional love. Joyce began life as a prairie girl, moving to Port Kells, BC and then to Vancouver Island just prior to WWII. After high school she became a whistle punk working in the woods for two years and then began her life long career and passion of sewing. Her mottos of “One day at a time” and “If it’s worth doing, it is worth doing right” gave her the strength to face any challenge with dignity and humour. Joyce was predeceased by her first husband Dean in 1954, her second husband, Leo in 2003, and many loved ones from Lundahl, Clayton, and Johnston families.
Joyce and Leo spent their years together in Duncan, Nanaimo and Campbell River. They loved to camp and travelled many a mile across and up and down North America.
She is survived by her twin sister, Jean and her youngest brother Jerry and her many in-laws: Phemia, Dwight and Rosaline, Larry, Kathleen, Keith and Barbara and their families.
She leaves her children, Wayne, Carol & Bob, Dana & Sue, Grant, Craig and her grandchildren, West & Karly, Ty and Fabiola, Boe & Miranda, Kol & Kathryn, Brooke, Kyle, Jamie, Sylvia, Jay, Kathren, Kristan, and her precious great grandchildren who lit up her life: Jamie, Lillian, Aurora, Abbie, Griffen, Rodi, Kiana, Liam, Kasen, and Gabe.
The family would like to thank the staff at Nanaimo Seniors village for their care and compassion. Donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.
An Open House will be held at 7095 Viponds Road, Nanaimo for a celebration of Joyce’s life on Sunday, October 16th at 11 in the morning.