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NOWICKI, Henrietta Joyce (neé Laing)

May 25, 1917 – Alnwick, England
December 13, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Our Mother Henrietta Joyce Nowicki died peacefully on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Foothills General Hospital in Calgary, AB with the love of her family around her.

Joyce was born in Alnwick, England and came to Canada with her parents Thomas and Rose Laing. She lived for a time in the Okanagan and grew up on a farm near Carbon, Alberta. She earned her diploma in teaching and taught in Beaverlodge and in Hythe Alberta. She married Andrew Nowicki in February of 1941. They lived in Glenwood, Parkland, Stavely and Fort Macleod, and raised their children in these wonderful communities.  Books and learning were important in their home.  Joyce was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Stavely. In Fort Macleod, she served as Librarian and as a member of Town Council. She supported many charities and canvassed for funds for worthy causes.

Joyce moved to Calgary, bought a home and embraced many activities through Holy Cross Anglican church. She loved to travel, play golf and bridge and most of all she enjoyed playing Scrabble. She held the seniors Scrabble championship in Calgary for two years. In the past few years she lived in Boardwalk Towers. Joyce always enjoyed her talking books, Jeopardy and most of all the achievements of her family. She was a wise and wonderful Mother and friend.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Andrew Joseph; baby daughter Marion Joy; her brother, Jim Laing; and sisters, Molly Trembath and Iris Brown.

She is survived by her daughters, Iris Evans and Loretta Yantara Walker; sons, Andrew (Jo) Nowicki and Ken (Jan) Nowicki; her grandchildren, Kevin (Vivien) Evans, Trent (Laurel) Evans, Darren (Lori) Evans, Maureen and Jim Nowicki, and Blake and Glen Nowicki; her great grandchildren, Justin, Jarret, Madison, Eric and Ryan Evans also mourn her loss.

A Celebration of Joyce’s Life will take place at the Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828-19th Street N.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Her interment will be a private family affair at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Friends who wish to honor Joyce may make a donation directly to the Calgary Library Foundation “Diversity Service Department” for the Talking Books Collection (1221 2nd Street SW – 2nd Floor Memorial Park Library, Calgary, AB, T2R 0W5).

In living memory of Joyce Nowicki, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Karen Draycott :

    I was saddened to hear about Aunt Joyce’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of her especially her laugh and her truck! She was an extremely strong woman and she will be missed. I am sorry that we will not be able to come down and join you in remembering, but you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love Karen and Wyatt Draycott.

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  2. Marianne Stanford Flanagan :

    Hello Iris and Loretta-
    Your mother was such a special person. I know she wasn’t happy in her declining health, but her spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

    Sincerely-

    Marianne

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  3. Laurie and Gary Maxwell :

    Dear Iris, Loretta, Andy and Ken,
    Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you as you say goodbye to your mom.
    Auntie Joyce was always a loving and inspirational lady, one who has given much to family and community and will live on through each of you, along with our own personal memories. On our many trips back and forth from WA. To Alberta, her home was always a favorite stop for us and the boys…. a welcoming smile, great food and conversation and the boys still remember her red rubber Legos!
    Warm hugs to each of you!
    Laurie, Gary and family

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  4. Bob and Gloria :

    Sending our sympathy to all of the family. Joyce was a wonderful lady and it was a pleasure to have known her while we all lived in Stavely. She lived a long and full life and we are glad she went peacefully and didn’t suffer. I enjoyed writing to Yantara and knowing she read all my letters to “mommy” and that she enjoyed hearing all my ramblings.

    Love,
    Bob and Gloria

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  5. Lois Reiffenstein (Ernst) :

    Dear Iris, Loretta, Andy, Ken

    So sorry I cannot attend your Mom’s service tomorrow. Please know that you
    will all be in my thoughts and prayers. I so remember all those days in Stavely
    and both your Mom and Dad and what good people they were!

    With love to all
    Lois

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  6. Neil and Elizabeth Ohler :

    We send our deepest sympathies to all of Joyce’s family.
    What wonderful memories we have of the years the Nowicki family spent in Stavely! We feel very lucky to have had the privilege of being friends of the family. Your Mom, Grandmother and great Grandmother was a very special lady!
    Hopefully your memories and the love and support of family and friends will be a comfort to each and every one of you in your time of sorrow.

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  7. We are all so sad to hear of Aunt Joyce’s passing. It was unfortunately too long and hard a journey for both Mom and Joyce at the end, but so fitting they would go together.

    Our thoughts are with you all at this time. It is so very sad to lose these 2 remarkable women, who loved and cared for us all so well.

    Much love,
    Barb Walker & family

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  8. Harlene Mosby Day :

    Dear Iris and family: I send my thoughts and prayers to you all as you say goodbye to your mother and grandmother today. Iris it was nice to see you at a similiar event a short time ago and I am thinking about you today. Your mother had much to be of. Take Care and we will catch up soon and I send my regrets as I am not able to join you today.

    Warm thoughts are sent your way. Harlene

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  9. Gloria Wilkinson :

    Iris – deepest sympathy at this sad time. Take good care of yourself.
    Gloria

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  10. Margaret Ann Linn :

    I wish to send my condolences to all of the family on the death of your mother, grandmother and all . I have fond memories of your mother and enjoyed working with her at the library and with the Rebekah Lodge. She was a special friend of my mother as well and they enjoyed their bridge and socialization. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Margaret Ann Linn

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  11. Audrey & LeRoy Dorr :

    Iris, it was with great sadness we learned of your mom’s passing. May you and your siblings find comfort in the many fond memories you have of her. She will truly be missed by all who her.

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  12. Dianne Wolcott & Valery Borodin :

    Our deepest sympathy to the Nowicki family. In time may you find comfort in your memories. Thinking of you.

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  13. Daryl Yarmoloy :

    Dear Iris, Loretta, Andrew and Ken,
    My sincere condolences in the passing of your mother. One may meet many women in a lifetime, but few ladies. Joyce was definitely one of the latter.
    Sincerely, Dianne (Wintemute) Yarmoloy

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  14. My sincere condolences to you on the loss of your Mom. I knew Joyce and Andy, and went to school with Ken.

    These are tough days for all of you, and your loving memories of your Mom will get you through. I will be thinking of you.
    Take care,
    Mary Lou Albert (now, McIntyre)

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  15. Margaret Marshall :

    To Joyce’s family-
    Your Mother was a wonderful presence in so many lives.
    My sincerest condolences to all.
    Joyce will be sadly missed, but not forgotten.

    Margaret Marshall

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  16. Don, Nadine & Wayne Green :

    Andy & Jo,

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Andy’s Mother.

    Don, Nadine, Wayne Green

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  17. Don, Nadine & Wayne Green :

    Andy & Jo,

    We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to you on the passing of Andy’s Mother.

    Don, Nadine, & Wayne.

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  18. Shelley Rosser :

    Iris, Loretta, Andrew, Ken & families,
    We share your sorrow and sense of loss as another precious mother and grandmother has passed from our lives but not from our hearts. May all the fond memories sustain you in your grief now and in the future.
    David & Shelley (Weatherhead) Rosser

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  19. Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I came across an old copy of King Lear with the inscription page that says: Joyce Laing C.H.C.I 1511 Centre A St NW Calgary. I did some searching and think it may have belonged to your mother. I found a picture of a child inside with Jimmie Laing written on the back and am wondering if you would like the picture.
    Again, sympathies for your loss.
    Abigail Smith

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