Joyce Viola May Lawry

March 21, 1930 – May 14, 2019
Lovely, curious and full of fun, Joyce (née Roach) was born in Holyhead, Wales. Growing up during the Second World War, her family faced hardship and loss but they were close-knit and made music and laughter their bond. Meeting her husband Terry at a servicemen’s dance, they married in 1953, had Carol in 1954, and within a short time, immigrated to Canada for a new adventure, first to Toronto while Terry went to work for Orenda on the iconic Avro Arrow. After a short stint in Montreal, the family of four, with little Susan, were in North Vancouver, where Joyce rejoined her mother, brothers and sister, and welcomed baby Brian.
The family established strong ties in North Vancouver, and Joyce opened a children’s clothing store on Lonsdale. Joyce, resourceful and always up for a laugh, built a full life with family and friends, and travelled to far-flung locales with her family. Her “itchy feet and gypsy lifestyle” led to many moves and more excitement, including operating a successful resort on Vancouver Island. Family was everything to Joyce and she showered her children and grandchildren with hand-knit treasures, sketches and watercolours, baked Welsh specialties, and never missed an opportunity for a cup o’ tea (or a beer) and a chat. A singer, ukulele-player, pianist, knitter, painter, reader and gentle matriarch, Joyce created a full and interesting life surrounded by loved ones throughout her years.
Predeceased by her parents, Spencer and Ivy, brothers Patrick and Ernest, sister Alice, sister-in-law Maureen, brother-in-law Steve, son-in-law Brian Wilkins, and Terry’s parents Anthony and Constance, and brother Robin. Survived by her loving husband Terry, brother David (Jean), daughters Carol and Susan (Gordon), son Brian (Laurel), grandchildren Karen (Mark), Simon (Elfie), Marshall, Amber (Andrew), Jarid, Mackenzie, Clayton, Mitchell, Jack, and Dylan, and great-grandchild Noah.
A Celebration of Life is planned for July. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Salvation Army.


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