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SYKES, Joyce Lorraine (nee Jensen)

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.

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  1. Claude and Irene Lenz :

    Garry
    Sorry to hear the sad news about Joyce, our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Claude and Irene
    Troon
    Scotland

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  2. Claude and Irene Lenz :

    Garry
    Sorry to hear the sad news about Joyce. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Claude and Irene
    Troon
    Scotland

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  3. Gerry, my thoughts are with you. Joyce fought many a good campaign.

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  4. Gerry, I was sad to see the notice today. All my memories of Joyce are happy, and I will treasure the last time we met, on the cycle path along Glenmore Lake, where you and Joyce were out walking.

    Your friend,

    Paul
    Calgary

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  5. Please accept my deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts as you deal with your loss. Joyce was very kind and sincere person. My prayers are with you , Gerald and the Sykes Family.

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  6. Joyce Walcott :

    Blessings, dear Gerry,
    I am so sorry to hear about Joyce – please be sure of my prayers for you and yours.

    One of your McDonald’s friends,
    Joyce

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  7. Joyce & Keith Conley :

    Dear Gerry,
    Our sincere condolences to you Gerry and Kim and Ward and their families with the passing of Joyce. Joyce will be missed in our Church Community and the Craft Group.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Joyce and Keith Conley

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  8. John & Marj. Den Hoed :

    We sere so sorry to hear about your loss Gerry. We only knew Joyce for a short time but she will be really missed at Red Deer Lake United. We are sorry we will not be with you on Friday but our thoughts and prayers will be.
    Take care
    John & Marj.

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  9. John and Annette Kershaw & family :

    We are saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing. While we have only known Joyce for a few months since joining our RDLUC family, it was always a pleasure to visit and share stories with Joyce. A kind and gentle lady. God has called her home and she will never be far away from you in spirit. May angels wings wrap around your family during this difficult time. Our prayers are for you.

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  10. Audrey Ferber :

    As one of the women of the Red Deer Lake church family, I truly enjoyed meeting and being with Joyce. She was a warm, wonderful person with so much good energy. She will be dearly missed. Our hearts are with the family at this deeply sad time.
    Audrey & Ron Ferber

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  11. Audrey Ferber :

    Joyce was a warm, wonderful person with so much good energy. She always left one feeling moved by her friendly spirit. She will be dearly missed. Our hearts are with the family at this deeply sad time.
    Red Deer Lake friends,
    Audrey & Ron Ferber

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  12. Al & Mary Ann Clark :

    Gerry,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will always treasure our memories of the times we shared with Joyce and our thoughts are with you at this time.

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  13. To all members of Joyce’s and Gerry’s families, our deepest condolences and most fervent prayers are with you all. Joyce was a lovely, gentle lady with a sweet smile that lit up her whole face. As her neighbours of some seventeen years, we have seen her gardening skills, and as her fellow congregants at Red Deer Lake United Church, we have appreciated her many talents at various crafts. We will always remember dear Joyce with much affection.

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  14. Marty & Diane Sommerville :

    Sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing, she will be always remembered, all the best to Gerry and the family

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  15. Alan and Colleen Lyle :

    Gerry
    We are so sorry to hear about Joyce and offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    Alan and Colleen

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  16. Alan and Colleen Lyle :

    Gerry
    We are so sorry to hear about Joyce and offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Alan and Colleen

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  17. Beverly Dorscheid :

    Gerry, My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I have happy memories of Joyce at the various functions we attended.

    Beverly Dorscheid

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  18. Beverly Dorscheid :

    Gerry My thoughts are with at this sad time.I have happy memories of Joyce at the various

    functions we attended.

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  19. Margaret & David Boone :

    Gerry, Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    May God give you the strength and comfort to help you through your sorrow.
    We only knew Joyce for a short while but found her a very wonderful and friendly lady.
    Margaret & David Boone

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  20. Bryce and Ann Cox :

    Gerry and family: Joyce was a charming and giving lady. Our condolences on your loss.
    God Bless.

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  21. Edna/Jack Kenny :

    Very sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing Gerry. Our condolences to your and your family.
    Joyce and Edna (a couple of Ponoka gals) used to enjoy chatting at the many Liberal meetings we all attended.
    Jack & Edna Kenny
    (Jack ex-PanCanadian)

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  22. Hello Gerry:
    I was very surprised to read about Joyce’s passing in the Herald. I extend my sincerest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. May the memories of your life together be with you as you look to the future.
    Sincerely, Glenn

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  23. Peg and the Honourable Nick Taylor :

    Our sympathy to the whole family on the death of one so vibrant and interesting. We will miss the countless campaigns we did together and mourn the fact that Alberta has lost a great citizen,

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  24. Glenda Nyberg :

    Gerry, I am so sorry that you have lost Joyce. It is too soon. My condolences to you and the family.

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  25. Gerry, Kim, and Ward, our hearts go out to you and your families. I remember Joyce from Havenhurst Cres. All the kids would gather at the Sykes house. I mistakenly let the cat out one day and Ward, Kim and I scoured the neighborhood looking for it. When we found the cat Joyce had a big smile, cookies and Koolaid for us.

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  26. Our heartfelt thoughts are with you Gerry, Ward, Kim, and Families.

    Doug Platts, Bill (deceased) & Marion Platts
    Calgary, AB.

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