Joyce Loset

Joyce Loset

1920 – 2016

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful Mom, Joyce Loset (nee Blackwell) on Sunday May 8 at Ridgewood Lodge in Princeton, B.C.

Joyce was born March 14, 1920 in Fort William, Ontario, the eldest daughter of Henry and Ethel Blackwell. The family moved to Vancouver in the mid 1920s. Later they settled in Coalmont, B.C. She recalled with fondness growing up in that small community where she and her brother and sisters spent summers swimming in the Tulameen River and hiking and playing in the surrounding hills.

She made many lasting friends there and met her future husband Olaf, during the 1930s, when they both were working on ranches in the Otter Valley. They married in Coalmont in the spring of 1939 and moved to Princeton. Later they moved to North Vancouver where they remained for the duration of the war as Dad found work at the shipyards there.

After the war they returned to Princeton where they stayed for the rest of their lives. They kept a wonderful garden at the house on Allison Flats and spent summers camping and fishing at the local lakes sharing a love of the outdoors with their children as they grew. Mom was predeceased by Dad in 1986. She lost her brother Bill Blackwell, her sister Jean Angstadt and her sister Doris Meston as the years passed and last November her dear son Bill passed away.

She is survived by her children George (Diane), Pearl Morgenstern (Bruce) and Bev Loset and by grandchildren David Loset (Lori), Blair Loset (Debby), Cheryl Chow (Paulo), Karen Morgenstern (Frank), Blain Morgenstern, Lisa Lewis (Mark) and Ben Alway. She leaves a host of wonderful great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister Roberta Wesenburg.

Her nephew Gary Angstadt and his wife Joan were by her side often as she grew older and they held a special place in her heart.

A private family service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the SPCA or a charity of the donor’s choosing.

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