Joyce Smithyman

Joyce Smithyman



April 19, 1936 – June, 15, 2015

On Monday June 15, 2015, Joyce Smithyman of Oliver passed away at Moog & Friends Hospice House after a long battle with ovarian cancer at the age of 79 years.

She was predeceased by her mother Laurinda Smithyman in December 1982 and her father Henry Smithyman in October 1978 in Yorkshire, England.

Joyce is survived by brothers Chuck in England, Donald in Oliver, BC and Tony Smithyman in England; sister Barbara Jewson in Salmon Arm, BC; as well as nephews Darren Yates and Michael Yates of BC.

Joyce was born in Yorkshire, England in 1936, she married but did not have any children. When she and her husband first came to Canada in the mid sixties, they ran a school camp for underprivileged children in North Vancouver. Sometime after that they ran a senior’s rest home in New Westminster called Pioneer Place behind the Royal Columbian Hospital. Over the years Joyce also worked as a care aide in England and Canada, was a weaver in Yorkshire and ran fish and chip shops in Canada and the UK. She was widowed some twelve years ago and moved from Osoyoos to Oliver and finally into Deer Park Estates.

Joyce travelled a lot in America and the UK. She loved to crochet and knit, was a staunch Canuck fan and there was nothing she couldn’t do that a man could.

As per Joyce’s wishes… there will be no funeral service, no wake, no celebration of life… no nothing. She asks that you might raise a glass some time and toast a few nice words to her.

Joyce’s cat ‘Sooty’ is to go live in Chilliwack, BC. Two people have recently lost their own cat and are looking to replace him. So he will be living on a farm with a nice big barn with mice and horses and other farm animals.

Donations are gratefully accepted for Desert Valley Hospice, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the wonderful staff at Moog & Friends Hospice House and SO Palliative Care for their compassionate care of Joyce.

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Funeral Service & Crematorium

Oliver & Osoyoos, BC 250-498-0167

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