We Remember

JACKSON, Joyce Rose (née Barnhill)

November 5, 1933 — November 10, 2023

The family of Joyce Jackson sadly announce her passing at Cottonwoods Care Centre on November 10, 2023.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband Harold Jackson (exactly 20 years to the day); her infant daughter Karen; and her daughters Holly and Brenda.  Also predeceased are her sisters Edith & Irene, and brothers Alan & Lorne.

She is survived by her son Kevin (Rita) Jackson, daughter Faye (Rick) Marshall, and daughter Diane; grandchildren Jason, Naomi, Alyssa, Lucas, Dean, Megan, Matt, and Riane; great-grandchildren Beau, Neve, Emily, Cohen, and Ava, Sharlee and Braydon, and Liam and Madison; as well as her sisters Edna and Gladys.

Joyce was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. She attended the Salopian School where she also did janitorial work.  At the age of 18 she met her soon-to-be husband, Harold, at Smith’s Hatchery where they both worked. They were married on August 20, 1952, in Tisdale then resided in Regina, Saskatchewan where they began their family.

In addition to raising 6 children, in 1966 she and her husband, Harold, bought, remodelled, and operated the Parklane Motel in Regina until 1970, when they moved the family to Kelowna, British Columbia.  Subsequently, they were partners in the Spanish Inn Motel (currently Holiday Inn Express) operating and living there until it was sold in the mid 70s.  That led to the couple becoming orchardists along with operating a construction company, which meant moving many times over the next 20 years.  Joyce was also a Health Care attendant and volunteered with the RCMP community policing station in Rutland.

Joyce’s natural talents were many. She was quick to learn almost anything. She knitted, crocheted, and sewed clothes for the entire family.  However, mostly she was a gifted artist and continued to paint landscape and portraits throughout most of her life. She took up motorcycling at the age of 64, starting with a 200 cc and graduating to a 650 cc, and she rode weekly with the Christian Motorcycle Association.  She loved to yodel, and wow could she belt it out, even in her later years.  She had a sense of humour second to none; she would make you laugh until you cried.  She loved The Saskatchewan Roughriders, Tiger Woods, and Johnny Reid, ice cream and dark chocolate, but her main love and focus was her entire family.

Joyce’s greatest legacy is her gentle nature, patience, kindness, and love that she bestowed upon us all, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her strong faith in God got her through her most difficult times. She will be cherished forever as a loving wife, mother, gramma, great-gramma, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbour.  She made a difference in this world.  Rest in peace, free from pain. Until we meet again, you will be dearly missed by all.

A special thank-you to Cottonwoods caregiving staff; Chatsworth caregiving staff; Drs McCloskey and Allardyce; and KGH nurses and Doctors for your dedication, care, and compassion throughout her journey.

Joyce will be remembered individually by family and friends; no formal service will take place.

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