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ROCHE, Joyce Kathleen

July 16, 1931 — April 13, 2019

It is with heavy hearts the family of Joyce Kathleen Roche (Ansell) announces her passing on April 13, 2019.  Joyce passed away peacefully as a result of congestive heart failure.

Joyce was born at the Ansell family home on the bench in Rutland, 87 years ago – July 16, 1931, to Beatrice Gwendolyn and Sydney Algernon Ansell.  She was always sharing stories of “old Kelowna.” Her memories are entertaining and factual, and we all loved listening to them.

Mom was always proud to say that her mother was a nurse in the Kelowna General Hospital, she volunteered with and served as President (1964-1965) of the Hospital Auxiliary and of course her five babies were born at KGH.

She loved her yard and was a hardworking, gifted gardener and spray painter of her lawn furniture.  Her lovely garden was the center of all family Easter egg Hunts, parties, birthdays and a few weddings.  Joyce had a great work ethic and passed this on to her children.  She took on all jobs and none was too hard for her; she even talked about hammering nails into her beloved family home in Glenmore.  To quote one of her grandchildren, “If I had to use one word that best describes my Gran, it would be ‘family’.”  She was passionate about and very protective of her family and loved us all to the core.  We all knew by the look on her face she was the happiest when we gathered together in the yard.

Joyce is survived by her husband Brian Roche; children: Daphne Wooding (Gord), Debbie Wilkison, Terry Wilkison (Debbie), daughter-in-law Susan Marshall; step-children: Janet Wilkison (Joanne), Jack Wilkison (Mindy), Jim Wilkison (Liz), Kevin Roche (Cathy), Lyn Maire, Michael Roche (Carol); grandchildren: Nicolle (Robert), Shannon (Curtis), Allison, Laura (Nathan), Justin (Amy), Geoff (Courtney), Jesse and Megan; great grandchildren: Stephanie, Taylor, Joe, Maddox, Liam, Aidan, Mason, Lucas, Brook, Kennedy, Nico, Cooper; and special loves: Judi Dreher, Wendy Marshall Hazeltine and Pauline Lavell.

Predeceased by her sons: Reg, Geoff, her grandson Shawn and step-son Scott Roche.

At Mom’s request, family and friends will hold a Celebration of her life in July under the oak tree.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Building Healthy Families, c/o 1390 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC, V1W 3P6 dwilkison@bhfam.net.

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At Mom’s request, family and friends will hold a Celebration of her life in July under the oak tree. 

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  • Benita and Simon Pullen says:

    Sending our deep felt condolences to the whole family. Or though we never got chance to meet her, she touched our hearts, with her welcome into the family. Such a beautiful loving lady who will be missed very much by us all

  • Tracey Beckett says:

    Dear Debbie and family,
    Please accept our most sincere condolences in this trying time for you and your family. No loss is greater than the loss of a mother. We share your pain and are here for you.

    Love, Tracey, Bryan, Abby and Jack

  • Ann Ritchie says:

    Joyce always held a special place in my heart.She was such a loving,warm lady and always a pleasure to be with.My condolences to all the family and friends.She will be missed.❤️

  • Jamie robins says:

    I was her neighbor. She always had a smile and left vegetables on the fence for me. She will be missed. Prayers to her wonderful family. And prayed for Brian in this time.

  • Deb Dash (Ansell) says:

    My condolences to all the family, Auntie Joyce was a remarkable person so filled with love. I will miss her terribly.Love to all Deb

  • Brock and Pat Waldron says:

    To the Family of Joyce Roche: We wish to extend our sympathy and condolences. Joyce was always kind and friendly whenever we met. We enjoyed our talks. We wish you peace as you remember the love and memories she left with you. Blessings to all.

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