Our Mother, Henrietta Joyce Nowicki, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at the Foothill General Hospital in Calgary, with the love of her family around her.
Joyce was born in 1917 in Alnwick, England and she came to Canada with her parents Thomas and Rose Laing. She lived for a time in the Okanagan and grew up on a farm near Carbon. She earned her diploma in teaching and taught in Beaverlodge and in Hythe.
Joyce married Andy Nowicki in February 1941. They lived in Glenwood, Parkland, Stavely and Fort Macleod, and raised their children in these wonderful communities. They always modelled a love of books and learning.
Joyce was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Stavely. In Fort Macleod, she served as librarian and as a member of town council. She supported many charities and canvassed for funds for worthy causes.
Joyce moved to Calgary, bought a home and embraced many activities through Holy Cross Anglican Church. She loved to travel, play golf and bridge and most of all she enjoyed playing Scrabble. She held the seniors Scrabble championship in Calgary for two years. In the past few years she lived in Boardwalk Towers. Joyce always enjoyed her talking books, Jeopardy and most of all the achievements of her family. She was a wise and wonderful mother and friend.
Joyce was predeceased by her beloved husband, Andrew Joseph; baby daughter Marion Joy; her brother, Jim Laing; and sisters, Molly Trembath and Iris Brown.
Joyce is survived by her daughters, Iris Evans and Loretta Yantara Walker; sons, Andrew (Jo) Nowicki and Ken (Jan) Nowicki; her grandchildren, Kevin (Vivien) Evans, Trent (Laurel) Evans, Darren (Lori) Evans, Maureen and Jim Nowicki, and Blake and Glen Nowicki; her great grandchildren, Justin, Jarret, Madison, Eric and Ryan Evans also mourn her loss.
A celebration of Joyce’s life took place at the Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828-19th St. N.W. Calgary) on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Her interment will be a private family affair at a later date.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Friends, who wish to honour Joyce, may make a donation directly to the Calgary Library Foundation “Diversity Service Department” for the Talking Books Collection (1221 Second St. S.W., Second Floor Memorial Park Library, Calgary, T2R 0W5).
In living memory of Joyce Nowicki, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.