June 19, 1932– Burtonsville, AB
October 26, 2013 – Calgary, AB
We celebrate the life of Joyce Sykes, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal friend.
Joyce leaves behind her husband of fifty-nine years, Gerald Sykes; her daughter Kim (Paul Burns); son Ward (Melissa Shaw); cherished grandchildren, Kegan and Sinead Burns and Taryn Sykes; and sister Diane Hundseth of Chilliwack, BC.
Joyce was born in Burtonsville, AB and was raised by her maternal grandmother, Marion MacLeod in Ponoka, AB. She worked as an AGT telephone operator before she married Gerry in 1954. In the early years of their marriage, they moved seven times, living in small towns in Saskatchewan and Alberta where Gerry ran seismic crews, and in Casper, Wyoming. Soon, they put down deep roots in Calgary, raised two children, and over the years, opened their hearts to two successive pairs of Siamese cats.
Joyce’s home was her workshop. There, she turned out countless sweaters, mittens, quilts, crafts, and many pairs of her signature flannel pajamas. She instilled and nurtured creativity in her children and grandchildren. When Joyce wasn’t making something, she was leading Girl Guides, campaigning for a Liberal Party candidate, organizing a rummage sale at St. Andrew’s United Church, tending her prized rock garden, walking in one of her favourite Calgary parks, or attending a CPO concert. A gentle person, she acted with quiet strength.
Please join us in celebrating Joyce’s life at Red Deer Lake United Church (West on Highway #22x past Spruce Meadows) on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In Joyce’s memory, please wear something colourful. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. We are grateful to the doctors and nurses who looked after Joyce and to her caregivers at Chinook Hospice.
In living memory of Joyce Sykes, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences