Agnew, Joyce Gertrude

Agnew: Joyce Gertrude passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Hartney Community Health Centre on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the age of 94 years. She leaves to cherish her daughter Donna Lynn (Celest), son Neil (Joyce), son Tom (Jane) and daughter Barb (Jack); grandchildren Kim (Chris), Brad (Crystal), Tresa (Greg), Lindsay (Scott), Craig (Diana), Shalea (Aaron), Tammy (Tom), Greg (Crysti) and 18 great grandchildren. Joyce was predeceased by her husband Wes, son Roy, infant daughter Wendy and sister Doreen. Joyce was born in Yorkshire, England on August 3, 1921. Her mother Agnes (McDermott) Howard passed away at the age of 29. In 1927 their father, Harold, brought Joyce and her younger sister, Doreen, to Canada aboard the SS Minnedosa. They traveled to Landbank, Saskatchewan to live with his sister, Lily Marriott. While they were living with Mel and Lily Docking (Marriott) Bill was born becoming a little brother to the girls and remaining best friends throughout their lifetime. The girls were adopted by John and Mary Burrill, good friends of the Marriott’s, after their father returned to England. Wes and Joyce met in Davidson, Saskatchewan, and were married on December 26, 1944. As well as raising her family of five, Joyce was a foster mother to foster babies for a number of years. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and crafts. After 33 years of farming, Joyce and Wes moved to Brandon in 1982 and became founding members of the Commonwealth Air Training Plane Museum. Joyce spent hours knitting on the road as Wes searched for airplane parts for his collection throughout western Canada. She very much enjoyed her grandchildren’s visits while living at Lion’s Manor. A private family service was held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel in Souris and burial at Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Brandon with Arlene Robertson officiating. Donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Hartney Community Health Centre, Box 280, Hartney, Manitoba R0M 0X0. A very special thank-you to Dr. Cram and the nurses and staff at the Hartney and Souris Community Health Centres for the wonderful care Joyce received during her time there. Thank-you to Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home in Souris, for their compassionate care and assistance.

8 thoughts on “Agnew, Joyce Gertrude”

  1. Neil,Joyce,Tresa and Lindsey.
    Just saw the obituary for your Mom, Neil, and just wanted to pass on condolences to all of you.
    I hope you hold memories of Mom, close to your Hearts!
    Take Care,
    Dave

  2. I am saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. As someone, who, as a child, spent a lot of time at your Mom and Dad’s, I want to let you all know how much I appreciated and liked your Mom. I have so many stories of your Mom and Dad and my Mom and Dad in my mind today. They were all friends and they had many good times together. I also had good times with your family. I remember one time I went camping with your family in Saskatchewan. A storm came up at night and we were worried the tent would blow over as the center tent pole wasn’t too sturdy. Your Mom ended up holding that tent pole most of the night as we all went to sleep!! I remember your Mom’s kindness and her laughter. I was fortunate to visit with your Mom a few weeks ago and we had a really good visit. I am grateful to have known your Mom and I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Maggie.

  3. Our sympathies to Donna, Celest and families at this very difficult time . May you treasure the great memories.

  4. Joyce and I were neighbors on the North Hill Brandon MB for many years. We had many coffee visits and over the fence chats. On hot days we would sit on her back deck and she would fill me in on her children and grandchildren’s activities. She was very proud of her grandchildren’s accomplishments. Joyce had a terrific sense of humor and we had a lot of laughs together. Although she had health issues she never complained but just got on with living. I missed her tremendously when she moved to Lions Manor. My condolences to all of her family. She was a great lad.

  5. Dear Barb , Jack and family
    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom and Grandma. May the many happy memories you treasure of her give you comfort in the days ahead.

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