Joyce Althea Gray of Fort Macleod, beloved mother of Kim Herter (Gray), passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the age of 84 years. Joyce was born in Havre, Montana on June 13, 1929, daughter of Fred and Annie MacKay.
Joyce leaves behind many wonderful memories for her daughter Kim; grandson Arran; great grandchildren Mason, Auna, Ryan and all those that knew her.
Joyce will also be missed by her sister Pat McFarlaine; brother Larry (Diane) MacKay; sister-in-laws Margaret (Dwayne) Archilbald and Clara Fowler; brother-in-law Larry Gray; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Joyce was born in Havre, Montana and lived in One Four until she was four years old and her family moved back to Nova Scotia. Joyce remained there until her family returned to Alberta in the Fort Macleod area. Here she met her husband Bob Gray and they began their family in 1956 with a son Britt followed by a daughter Kim in 1959.
Many will remember Joyce from Sears and Eaton’s but mostly from the China Shop and Fort Pharmacy; no one could wrap a gift like Joyce.
Baking and cooking large meals were her expression of love and joy that she shared with her family and friends for many years. Everyone knew the coffee pot was always on at Joyce’s and you were always welcome anytime. She was always at her happiest when her home was full of people and she could visit and laugh. Joyce was known for her witty humour followed by a cute little smile. She was kind hearted and always found the good in everyone. Joyce’s life was enriched by the love of her family and many friends.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents; loving husband Bob; son Britt; son-in-law Terry; five siblings and 10 in-laws.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Trinity United Church, 220-20th St., Fort Macleod, with Rev. Eras Van Zyl officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Fort Macleod Handibus Society, c/o P.O. Box 881, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home, 4403-553-3772 or www.edensfuneralhome.com.