Catherine Joyce King (nee: McAuley) passed away at Valley View Care Centre, Brandon, Manitoba, on Friday, April 01, 2016 at the age of 86. The funeral was held Saturday, April 9, 2016 in the Hartney Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba.
Joyce was born in Shoal Lake on May 11th, 1929, the only daughter of Eric and Flossie McAuley (nee: Lind). She and her three brothers grew up on the farm near McAuley, Manitoba, surrounded by the love of a huge extended McAuley family. Teachers were in short supply after WWII and at 17 years of age, Joyce tried her hand teaching in a small school near McAuley. This was not her forte, so she worked briefly in a woolen mill in Ontario before coming back to Manitoba. Joyce decided to become a telephone operator and in 1949 she began working in Minto. It was there that she met a young farmer by the name of Jim King. They were married in 1951 and he remained the love of her life for the next 65 years. Jim and Joyce farmed the home farm in the Croll/Elgin District until 1983 when they retired to Hartney. Joyce loved community work and she contributed many hours to every community she lived in. Joyce’s passions were music and singing, but her mainstay in life was her faith in God. She lived her life loving her family and friends, and doing kind deeds for others. We love her and are proud to call her our wife, mother and grandmother. Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Jim, her two children, Kathie and Fred (Sandra) and her two precious grandsons, Sanfred and Wheaton (Carlie), her brothers Allison (Trudy) and Walter (Dianne), brother-in-law Charlie (Doreen) and sister-in-law Margaret Flintoff, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Eric and Flossie McAuley, her brother and sister-in-law, Lind and Ethel McAuley, her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alfred and Mary King, brothers and sisters-in-law, Vera and Roy Young, Gladys Taylor, George and Marjorie King, Mary and Oly McCosh and George Flintoff. We would like to thank the staff at Valley View Care Centre for their excellent, loving care of Joyce, Dr. D. Caplan who truly understands the elderly, and special thanks to Jim’s niece, Isabelle Popple, who faithfully visited every Monday afternoon and took Joyce and Jim on a marvelous journey of remembering their youth, laughing at the many antics/happenings, and testing their memory on the history of an era. In Joyce’s memory, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society or the Alzheimer Society.