Ruby (Joyce) HADLEY


July 13, 1922 – November 26, 2013

Joyce passed away in the early morning hours of November 26, 2013, at Stanford Place Care Facility in Parksville, BC. Joyce was well-liked and respected: always family-oriented, she preferred to live so as “not to be a burden to her family” in her later years.

She was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, to Mary and Howard Dayman on July 13, 1922. Joyce grew up in Vancouver and later moved to Port Alberni where she met her future husband, Ralph. They married in 1947 and stayed in Port Alberni to raise their family.

Joyce was a pioneer in that she worked as a secretary for MacMIllan Bloedel, and later as a sales associate at Woodwards, in an era when women were not common in the workplace.  A devoted wife and mother, she always remembered her grandchildren on their birthdays, Christmas, and special occasions.

Joyce was an excellent cook – especially of seafood where she put to good use tidbits of knowledge gleaned from parenting commercial fishermen! Her freezers were often filled to capacity with baked items for her family, bake sales, and bazaars. Known as a woman of wisdom, Joyce was always ready with advice and a quick wit.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband Ralph and son Gene (Raquel). She leaves behind to mourn: son, Brian; daughter, Miriam; grandsons Shawn, David, Tim and Chris.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stanford Place, especially nurse Sharon, for all their kindness, compassion, ad the gentle goodbyes with which they sent her on her journey.

A small Graveside Service is to be held at Yates Cemetery on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

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