April 21, 1924 to September 24, 2009
Joyce, born in Bedwas Wales, moved to Ocean Falls, BC in 1927 with her parents William and Sybil Simon. Her sister Shirley was born into the family in 1929. The family enjoyed their life in the small community and company town. Joyce worked as a telephone operator and she met Ben when he came to work in Ocean Falls in 1946. They married on June 24, 1947 and moved to Burnaby, BC to start their lives together. They had two sons, Ken in 1948 and Don in 1951. As part of the Taylor family, Joyce supported Burnaby youth soccer for 20 years. When her sons were grown, Joyce worked at Sears Teleshop for over 10 years. In 1976, Joyce and Ben started building their dream home on Salt Spring Island and moved to the Island upon its completion. On June 24, 2009, Joyce and Ben celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Joyce will be sadly missed by her husband Ben, sister Shirley McDonald (Ontario), sons: Kent (Sharon) and Don (Roberta); grandchildren: Scott, Chad (Juanita), Kirstin, Alyssa, Katharyn and Natalie; great-grandchildren: Justin, Darren and Lucas as well as the rest of the Taylor/McDonald family and friends.
A celebration of Joyce’s life was held at their family home on Salt Spring Island on Monday, September 28, 2009.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Lady Minto Hospital, Salt Spring Island.
The family especially thanks Joanna Barrett, and caring doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers of the Lady Minto Hospital for their months of loving and attentive care.