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WILLIAMS – Joyce (nee Yorath)

January 16, 1916 – August 5, 2009

Joyce Williams, beloved wife of the late James B. Williams of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at the age of 93 years.

Joyce was born in Saskatoon, SK in 1916.  She also lived in Edmonton until she was five years and then Calgary thereafter. She received her education at St. Hilda’s School and at Strathcona Lodge School, Vancouver Island.  On June 29 of 1938, she married her husband Jim. In the early 1960’s, she served as a Member of the Executive including president of the United Appeal, prior to the amalgamation of the Residential and Corporate campaigns into the United Way.  Joyce was a member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club, the Calgary Polo Club and was also a lifetime honorary member of the Samaritan Club.  Her best vacations were to England from 1934-1935 and many winters spent in Maui.

Joyce is remembered by her son Dick (Susan) of Calgary; two grandchildren, Jeff (Nicole) and Stephen (Tracey); two great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Emma; brother in-law Jeffery Williams of Surrey England; and many cherished nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Jim, her parents and her brothers Eric and Dennis Yorath.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.  A private family graveside service will be held at Union Cemetery.  Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433 or to the Samaritan Club of Calgary  Suite 503, 1500  14 Street SW  Calgary, AB T3C 1C9.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Kelly Young, the management and staff of The Fountains of Mission and the staff of Home Care for all their care and attention given to Joyce.


In living memory of Joyce Williams, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W.  Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Dick,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.

    Take care,

    Pat Adamson

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    I was very sad to hear of your mom’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences at your time of grief.

    Judy and Phil Hammond

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