On Saturday, August 30, 2008 her family kissed Joy goodbye and said it was time for her to rest, she had struggled long enough. That day we said goodbye to the centre of our family circle. She was always the life of the party. She loved singing around grandma’s piano, and when she danced with Gus to an old time waltz it was something to behold. Joy had a great sense of humour and was never afraid to be silly. She was an avid golfer, keen football and hockey fan, tenacious gardener, sharp card player, brilliant conversationalist and the last of the great Christmas pudding makers. We remember her generosity and giving spirit – from her Welcome Wagon days to Meals on Wheels, to visiting seniors with Fritz the cat. She genuinely cared about others and her love showed in so many ways. Joy was the first to call when she heard that someone was going through a difficult time. She constantly put others first and never wanted to talk about her own problems. Joy, what a perfect name for someone who made everyone happy to be with her. Predeceased by her parents, William and Frances Pinkney, husband Les Elam and brother Glen, she leaves behind beloved husband Hilding (Gus) of forty-nine years; sons Greg (Lana) and Bob (Donna); grandkids Leslie and Kyle. Her passing has left an ache in the hearts of sisters Phyl (Jim Torrie), Myrt McLeod and Illa (Gordon Rumpel) – their little circle has grown smaller. She will also be lovingly remembered by her nine nephews and nieces and many, many friends, old and new. And of course, by Jazz.
Thankfully we have many wonderful memories to sustain us. If we keep Joy in our hearts, she will help us to stay strong and fill our days with determination, caring, laughter and love.
Special thanks to the nurses at Unit 73 at Rocky View Hospital for their compassionate care, concern and comfort in her final days. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. A Celebration of Joy’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Joy Gustavson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.