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FREY, Joyce

December 20, 1936 — October 23, 2022

Joyce Frey, 85, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2022, with her loved ones by her side.  Beloved wife of the late Johnny Frey.  Much loved mother of Melony Lund (Stacey) and Garry Frey (Candice).  Cherished grandmother of Sierra Lund.  Treasured friend of many.  She will be missed by her brothers; Fred Casper and Bob Lee; nieces Sharon Biegel and Shelly Casper; and nephews Wayne and Kevin Casper.  Predeceased by her brothers, Wilson Casper, Walter, Gordon and Claymer Lee; and sister Velva Heibert.

Born in Fairview Alberta on December 20, 1936.  She married Johnny, the love of her life, in Whitelaw, Alberta on November 23, 1954.  She enjoyed traveling with Johnny throughout BC and Alberta as he worked in construction, she took jobs as restaurant cook or grocery cashier.  Joyce made many lifelong friends along the way.  In 1974 they returned to Whitelaw to raise their children and where she enjoyed working for several years as a nurse’s aide at Hotel-Dieu Care Home.  After her retirement she became an active member of the Whitelaw Historical Society and volunteered much of her time working on the Whitelaw History book and spent time with friends at the Whitelaw Drop In Centre.  In 1993 Johnny passed suddenly, after being on her own for quite a few years, in 2000 she moved to Kelowna, BC to be closer to her daughter.

In 2001 her only grandchild was born and that’s where she really shined, she was a wonderful “Grammy” and loved spending time with Sierra, and vice versa.  They were a huge part of each other’s lives. Grammy devoted much of her time taking care of Sierra as a child and in turn Sierra took great care of her in the end, they share an incredible bond.  Sierra was asked what her favorite memories of her were. She said she always looked forward to coming home after school and watching Grammy’s favourite old westerns and ghost stories on TV, made better by eating one of her yummy grilled cheese sandwiches.  She said they had lots of fun baking together, which mostly consisted of Sierra eating Grammy’s raw cookie dough!.  And having sleepovers and eating Life cereal made tastier covered in several heaping spoons of sugar.  Grammy taught her how to sew blankets for her toy horses as a kid and came to watch her ride whenever she could.  Sierra said she’ll always cherish those times and remember how she always teased her and kept everything fun and how much they laughed together.

Joyce was always busy doing something, she volunteered at the Snackery cafeteria at Kelowna General Hospital.  An avid gardener with a green thumb she could grow anything and managed to feed her family all winter long with nothing more than a few packages of seeds.  She loved crafts and tried her hand at many different things, she was a skilled quilter and made many beautiful heirloom quilts for her loved ones.  An amazing cook, she made the best cabbage rolls, perogies, lasagna, you name it; she would put on a Christmas or Easter dinner like no other.  She really should have had her own bakery, she kept us all full of fresh bread, cinnamon buns and tasty treats along with her signature rhubarb pie that everyone raved about and always asked for.  An animal lover at heart, with a dog always at her side, little Buddy will miss her dearly so much.  She enjoyed her last few years living on the farm, overlooking the field of horses and getting an occasional snuggle in with a baby goat, piglet or duckling.

Joyce had an amazing sense of humor that carried her through life’s difficult times.  Near the end when her health was failing she was still making us laugh with her quick wit and sass.  She was such a strong willed woman, a true blessing to those who loved her, she will never be forgotten and we’ll all miss her dearly.

A heartfelt thank you to Ana Armada for always being there for her and to the staff at The Vineyards Residence for taking such loving care of her the past few months.  She will return to Whitelaw to rest beside her love for eternity.

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