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May 28, 1944 — November 9, 2022

Miriam “Joyce” Johnson, of Kelowna, BC, passed away at the age of 78 years on November 9, 2022. Joyce is survived by her loving husband David; her daughters Suzelle (Michael), Shaunna (Roland), and Saralyn (Tim); grandchildren Maggie & Kelsea, and Zachary (Emily) & Clayton; great-grandchildren Bentley, Westly, & Luna. Joyce is also survived by siblings Dan (Pat) and Judy (Joe); sister-in-law Ardis, and brother-in-law Ivan (Emma); and many nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by her father and mother, Lesley and Ferna Knapp.

Joyce was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 28, 1944, and married David on June 26, 1965. They had met at choir practice and continued “singing together” for 57 years. After finishing High School, Joyce worked for one year as a secretary at the Bank Of Montreal in downtown Calgary. She then attended the Full Gospel Bible Institute for two years. She married David, and they left in the fall of 1965 to travel with Evangelist Dan Moe.

In 1967, they settled in Winnipeg, MB for five years, where their three daughters were born. In 1972, they moved the family back to Calgary to be closer to the grandparents. Joyce took on the job of Church Secretary and worked in that capacity for 22 years. Following this job, Joyce became a receptionist at a Medical Clinic, where she worked for eight years. She retired at the age of 62 and stayed home to be with her mother, who lived with them for four years.

Her home was always open to young people, and about twenty individuals lived with Dave and Joyce over the years as boarders.

In 2012, they moved to Kelowna, BC to retire. They had holidayed in the Okanagan for many years while the girls were growing up and dreamt of one day living there. Joyce had enjoyed the past 10 years living in the Okanagan and gave God thanks for His abundant blessings.

Her favourite scripture was Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV):
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Joyce loved looking after her grandchildren when they were young. She also loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Europe; the Caribbean; Hawaii & other States; Mexico; and extensively in Canada. She enjoyed music, worshipping with fellow believers, baking, reading (she was always known to have “a book on the go”), and the beaches in Kelowna.

In character, she was determined, organized, giving, hospitable, loving, caring, and faithful. Her faith in God never wavered. She was deeply loved and will be so deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Kelowna’s Gospel Mission in her memory, or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2022, at 2:00 PM (PST), at NEW LIFE CENTRE (2041 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC). If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below).


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2022, at 2:00 PM (PST)


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The service for JOHNSON, M. Joyce is scheduled for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2022, at 2:00 PM (PST). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2041 Harvey Ave Kelowna, BC


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  • Judy jones says:

    I was so very sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. Dave I can almost hear your voices in my memory singing songs of worship. My heart is full of sorrow for you and your family . I will be praying for you for God’s amazing grace to strengthen you and His peace to comfort you. Sending you love my friend. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!

  • Dorothy Venters says:

    My sincere condolences to Dave & family,May the God of all Peace grant you His peace through these trying days

  • Diana North says:

    My heart goes out to you Dave & your family.
    Someone is missing & that’s unbelievably hard ❗️
    A spouse is a great loss.
    A mother extremely hard.
    Be strong & know you are thought of by many .people.
    I send you my sincere condolences posted with love ❤️
    Diana F. North. (Calgary, AB)

  • Jillian Knapp says:

    I will always remember my Aunt Joyce being present at my birthday parties and Christmas in my years of growing up. She was always cheerful and had an amazing sense of humour. It was nice to grow up with an aunt like that. She and Uncle Dave had moved to Kelowna by the time I had married my husband, but he also has fond memories of her kindness, as many people do. The good ones always go too soon. My deepest condolences to her husband Dave, her sister Judy, her brother Dan (my dad), and to her daughters, Sarah, Shauna, and Suzelle. I also send condolences to the rest of the family and friends who love her so much. I’m looking forward to seeing her on the other side of the door.

  • Ken & Clarene Hildebrandt says:

    Dave we are so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. We rejoice with Joyce and pray for God’s peace for you all. She was loved and will be missed.


    Remembering Joyce as a small child (about 3 years old) with beautiful blond curly ringlets singing at Veteran Camp. After so many years have passed, I clearly recall how special and enjoyable this was.

  • PAUL UNGLESS says:

    Joyce and Dave were so faithful and such a blessing at HYMN T YME in CALGARY. Joyce ministered and blessed so many people while part of the Musical Moments LADIES TRIO. Dave, I’m looking forward to playing for you in the near future.

  • Robert and Ellen Smith says:

    We share your grief and sorrow with you Dave. We remember a time when we were living in Saskatchewan and you and Joyce came to visit bringing half a turkey with you……it was delicious

  • Delores Starrs says:

    Dear David and family,
    Today we celebrate Joyce. A very special, kind lady. Always a smile on her face. She loved her family with such passion. We will miss her kindness and grace.

  • Arne Thomassen says:

    Hello, I am sorry to have heard Joyce passed away. She was a fine lady with a big heart, very hospitable and caring. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. Love ARNE

  • Dion Andrushko says:

    I loved my aunt Joyce she was like my second mom. She always encourage me and was there to talk with me. And there to support me. Her and Uncle Dave came to Toronto to support me with my wedding. I love her and will miss her until we meet in Heaven with Jesus. I know she is having an amazing time in heaven. Blessings to my Uncle Dave and all my cousins whom I love so very much.

  • Timothy Osiowy says:

    Sandra and I were impacted early in life by the singing and Christian example of Joyce.
    Our love and condolences to Dave and family in this time of loss and recall of great memories. .

  • Dennis Johnson says:

    Sincerest sympathy to the entire family.

  • Craig & Julie Gunn says:

    Beautiful service to honour a special lady, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending much love

  • Christene Andrushko says:

    I came to know aunt Joyce through marriage to her nephew Dion. My fondest memories are of her at our wedding and online for a Knapp Family Carol. Her kindness to us as a couple touched my heart deeply. Her love for Jesus will always be what I remember about her the most. I pray that as I live out my faith walk, I shine the light that she did to glorify our father in heaven.

  • Bryan & Cheryl Nixon says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Joyce was such a loving person. We so enjoyed our visits with you both. I remember so many Sunday’s my Dad would like to go over for a visit with your Mom and Dad-sometimes no invitation-just showed up and that was fine with them. I think you and Joyce had the same gift of hospitality and blessed many people. May God be your comfort in the days and months ahead.
    We really enjoyed watching the service this afternoon. You have a lovely family. God bless all of you!!

  • Peter Van Veen, Merlin Ontario says:

    I have fond memories of Joyce as she was incredibly kind and had a wonderful welcoming spirit surrounding her. My sincere condolences to the families and my prayers of comfort to you all at this time.

  • Grace McDuff says:

    Dave and family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss of Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Joyce will be truly missed by so many but we rejoice knowing that we will see her again. I am praying for comfort and peace to be with you all as you go through the journey with Jesus walking beside you. God Bless you

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