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Passed away June 5th, 2016 at the age of 87.

Survived by daughters: Debbie Rath (Glenn) of Kelowna, BC and Kelly Jones (Gary) of West Kelowna, BC. Grandchildren: Shannon and Rebecca Rath, and Travis and Patrick Jones. Sisters: Mary Hrechuk of Campbell River, BC and Lorna Alfonso of Mesa, AZ. In addition to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Thomas Joseph Collins (1984); Brothers: Delmer (1926), William (1988) and sister Coral (2013).


Joyce was born October 1, 1928 in Great Falls, Manitoba. The fourth of six children, her family later moved to Winnipeg where she met and married the love of her life, Joe Collins, in 1955 and had their first child, Debbie, in 1958.

Joe’s career with the RCMP took them to Ottawa in 1959, Windsor, Ontario in 1963- where they welcomed their second daughter, Kelly, in 1965, and London, Ontario in 1967. From 1969 – 1972, Joe’s assignments took them to Europe where Joyce racked up points as the reigning Queen of the 10-pin league at the local Armed Forces Base. In 1972 they returned to Canada where they resided in Edmonton and Joyce had the distinction of serving as lady-in-waiting to the wives of two successive Lieutenant Governors of Alberta. In 1975, another promotion brought Joe and Joyce to Kelowna and they settled in to retirement in 1983. After Joe’s passing in 1984, Joyce moved to the Glenmore community of Glenmeadows, where she took an active role and made many lifelong friends.

No service by request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y7

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  • Peg & Gordy Leverington says:

    so sorry to lose such a great friend. our thoughts are with the family. she will be greatly missed

    • Faye and Tom Huffman says:

      Tom and I have just heard the distressing news of Joyce’s passing and want to extend to you our sincere and heartfelt expression of sympathy.

  • Cathy ankerman says:

    Kelly, I’m so sorry for your lose. Your mom was a great lady and will be missed.

  • Tanya Davoren and family says:

    Debbie, Glenn, Shannon and Becky, So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom / Grandma. We send our most sincere condolences and we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. May these hard painful days pass quickly and may your memories of her warm your heart forever <3 Much Love, Tanya, Rob, Shaughn, Ashleigh & Keighan Davoren

  • Larry & Allie Ford says:

    We knew Joyce when we lived in Glen Meadows. We remember Joyce as a beautiful person inside and out, her presents lit up a room. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

  • Robb and Lorelei Krueger says:

    Our thoughts are with your family during this very difficult time. Joyce was a rare breed and we are blessed to have known her. She is now classing up the heavens. RIP Joyce

  • Les Laventure says:

    Debbie and Kelly
    So sorry for your loss , I have fond memories of your Mom and will never forget her laugh .Thinking of you both

  • Diana Smith says:

    Kelly so sorry to hear your mother passed away. I always enjoyed our chats when she called to order her Avon. What a beautiful woman she was. She sure loved you all. I will miss her calls. Pray you all find comfort @ peace. Diana

  • Dot Jones says:

    Dear Debbie, Kelly and families….so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was such a lovely person, always a smile. I had heard from her last Xmas and had hoped to get to see her in Kelowna this month. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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