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LALLY, Joyce Doreen

August 28, 1925 – January 27, 2013

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Joyce Doreen Lally on January 27, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

Joyce was born in Wainwright, Alberta, the only child of Conrad Tollendal Lally and Mary Beryl Lally. She grew up in Wainwright, leaving in 1941 to attend Rupert’s Land Girls’ School in Winnipeg. From there, she went to the University of Manitoba to study home economics, graduating in 1947 with a B.Sc. in Home Economics, then on to Vancouver where she spent a year at the Vancouver General Hospital interning as a student dietitian.

Joyce worked for several years as a dietitian in British Columbia, Edmonton and Montreal. She then embarked on a different career, acting as secretary to the Chairman of the Montreal Forum, home of the Montreal Canadiens. Later, she returned to hospital dietetics, first in Montreal and then travelling back west to work at the Calgary General Hospital from 1978 until her retirement in 1987.

Joyce had many interests, including bridge, hockey, travelling (to Europe, Africa and throughout Canada), square dancing and the Skrastins Outdoor Club (for cross-country skiing in winter and hiking in summer). Volunteering was an important part of her life, for Calgary Meals on Wheels, UNICEF, the Kerby Centre, 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and as a pastoral care giver. All along, she made many friends. Joyce enjoyed very much her years spent and friends made at Fountains of Mission Retirement Residence.

Joyce will be remembered and greatly missed by her first cousins Mary (Robin) Phillips of Calgary and Brian R. King of Winnipeg and their families, as well as by the family of her late first cousin Dr. John (Jack) King. The family wishes to thank Chinook Care Centre, Foster’s Way Unit, for all their kindness and care of Joyce during her time there. Heartfelt thanks also to Daisy Oriel who was such a compassionate caregiver to Joyce.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Anglican Parish of St. Mark and St. Philip, 1802 – 33rd Avenue SW, Calgary, at 1:00 PM on Monday, February 4, 2013. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 270-3549, Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Joyce Lally, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Ruby & Donald Norrie

    It was with profound sadness that we heard about the passing of Joyce. She was a wonderful lady who contributed greatly to her community, and will be missed by many.Our sincere condolences to the family.

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  2. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy as we feel the loss of Joyce. I met this fine lady when I joined a weekly Bridge group. I was happy to have had a visit with Joyce on the day of her passing.
    Condolences and prayers. M. MacNeil

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  3. To Ross & Robin & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing last week. We will cherish our memories of our friendship through work & luncheons with friends. Joyce was a lovely woman & cheered many people with her caring heart & nature. Unfortunately, we are not able to attend her service. Blessings to you all,
    John & Sandra Burgess

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  4. Joyce Lally was the grooviest “Aunt” ever! I mean it!

    Not only did she have the best cuckoo clock in the world, and could out-walk me when I was a fairly fit 9 year old, she actually saw The Beatles perform in the Montreal Forum in 1964! She said it was a bit hard to hear them and they looked tired (!). I wrote a composition about her in Grade 6 (and got an “A” thanks to her!).

    She was a class-mate of my mother’s at the University of Manitoba, and they remained life-long friends.

    She will be missed.

    I would like to thank Robin and all the friends and relatives that eased Aunt Lal’s path during her later years.

    My sincerest sympathies to you all.

    With love and respect,

    Wendy Smith

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