Joyce Mary (Bartle) Sunderland

Joyce Mary (Bartle) Sunderland, 88

Oct. 19, 2012

Joyce was born in Nottingham, England, the middle child of nine siblings. She was a Wren in London during the war, where she met her future husband who was serving in the Canadian Navy.

She immigrated to Canada as a war bride and spent the next 25 years moving from coast to coast with each Navy transfer. While Eldon was stationed at sea, Joyce was kept busy raising their five children.

Joyce was proud of her years as Food Service Supervisor at several hospitals.

After Eldon’s retirement they managed several hotels, one being the Sandman in Smithers.

Joyce’s greatest joy was her family. She loved to garden, a trait she passed on to two of her daughters. She had a beautiful singing voice and performed in many choirs and cantatas in Nova Scotia and Florida where they spent their winters.

She was predeceased by Eldon, her husband of 63 years.

Left to mourn are her daughters Dawn Todd, Deidre (Lynn) Murray, Kim (Frank) DiSensi, Collette (Ralf) Wolnowski and son Glenn (Karen) Sunderland, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

We would like to sincerely thank the homecare workers, the Palliative Care and Hospice Societies of Smithers and the staff of the Bulkley Lodge respite caregivers for their excellent, loving care of Mom. We also thank out sister Kim and her husband Frank for their unselfish loving care of Mom. We will miss her great sense of humour.

Love you Mom


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