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With heavy hearts we announce that Joyce passed away on September 21, 2020 at age 86. She leaves behind her loving husband John Burdess; her children: Robert Burdess (Shelby Gibbons), Bruce Burdess, Douglas (Pauline) Burdess, Brenda (Peter) Bertolotti, Patricia (Jeff) Anderson, and Gary (Trudy) Burdess; her grandchildren: Penny Harley (Curtis Richardson), Morgan Mills (Jordan Stewart), Christopher (Alicia) Burdess, Janelle Vant erve, Tyler Burdess (Kaitlyn Bull), Beverley Bertolotti (Rob Ferris), Meghan Bertolotti, Jennifer (Kevin) Lalonde, Jamie (Scott) Jackson, Chelsey (Patrick) Brown, and Stephan Burdess (Sheena Greenlaw); and her great-grandchildren: Haleigh, Harper, Wick, Hunter, Archer, Riley, Ainsley, Ryker, Hannah, Levi, Isabella, Roman, Kinsley, Micheal, Bryce, Ayvah, Luke, and Hadley.  Sadly, Joyce was predeceased by Jean (Harley) Burdess and Mitchell Bertolotti.

Joyce will be dearly missed. She was a determined woman with a bright smile, she made this world a better place.

Should you desire, memorial donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House, hospicehousekelowna.com, or BC Cancer Foundation, www.bccancer.bc.ca.

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  • Alicia Burdess says:

    We are so lucky to have had you in our lives Granny. We know you are with Mitch watching over us. Thank you for all of the love, laughter, and family time spent together. We miss you and love you. Love Alicia, Chris, Riley, and Ainsley. Xoxoxo

  • Jim Wright says:

    I’m so glad we were able to be together last year. That was a marvelous time. My best wishes to you all.

  • Mellissa and Tracy Howe says:

    Sympathies to the Burdess Family on the loss of a truly lovely lady….
    Tracy and Mellissa Howe

  • Joan Hill says:

    Our sympathy to all of you on the loss of Joyce. Her visits to Lougheed were always a highlight of the year for her family there.. I hope there has been lots of laughs along with the tears as you gather to say good-bye.. May she rest in peace and her memory be eternal.
    Norm and Joan

  • DAWN GIBSON says:

    So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. She was a lovely lady, always ready with a smile and a cheery hello. We have many memories of campouts with her and John, my parents (Bert & Anne Howe) and all my crew (David, Stephanie & Devin). My parents spent many winters in Bullhead with John & Joyce and we had many good visits with them all there as well, gambling was the favourite pastime I think. Condolences to John as well as the entire family at this sad time. She will be lovingly remembered and forever missed.
    Dawn Gibson & Family

  • Mark and Karen Ostry says:

    John and Family,
    We were saddened to learn of the loss of such a joyful spirit as Joyce. Our deepest condolences and may you find solace in the warmth of happy memories at this time.
    Mark and Karen Ostry

  • Andreas Schubert and family, Germany says:

    Dear John
    My parents Monika and Michael, my sister Susanne and I were shocked to hear of Joyce’s passing, and we would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to you, as well as to your family and friends. We had known Joyce for a long time, and even though it was not always possible to stay in touch on a regular basis across the Atlantic (let alone see each other regularly), there was always a connection, not just in the form of phone calls and emails being exchanged, but also of wonderful memories, photographs, stories… Joyce was such a hearty, cheerful, caring and generous person! I often think about our trip from Kelowna to Whitehorse up the Alaska Highway in 2008, on which I got to meet Doug and Gary and their families along the way. (If you read this guys: all my best!). We had such a great time together, and just this evening I went through the pictures again (I’m attaching one of the three of us), and all these details and funny things that happened kept coming back to my mind… It was one of the most enjoyable trips I ever made, and I will always be grateful for this experience and thankful to both of you for taking me along.
    We will dearly miss Joyce but she will live on in our memories of Canada and the few times she and John visited us in Germany. We wish you all the strength to cope with this loss and send you
    Lots of Love
    Andreas and family

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