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Born: Mar 16, 1934

Date of Passing: Dec 03, 2021

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March 16, 1934 - December 3, 2021

Peacefully, with her children by her side, our dear Mom, Amma and Lang Amma, Joyce, passed away Friday, December 3 at the Betel Home in Gimli.
In 2019 Joyce was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She faced this disease with grace, good humour and a resilient spirit.
Joyce was born in Winnipeg and raised in Riverton, the eldest of a large and loving blended family. After high school, she attended a business college in Winnipeg and went to work as a secretary at the MacDonald Tobacco Co. In 1953 she married Ray and together they built a life and raised their family in the community they had grown up in. Joyce was always the consummate homemaker. She created a warm, loving home where friends and family were always welcome. There was always supper on the table, dainties in the freezer and coffee in the pot. She enjoyed sharing in her children's lives and fully supported all their activities which mainly revolved around figure skating and hockey. Joyce had always been very community minded and volunteered on many committees and clubs throughout the years including the Riverton Ice Club, Skating Rink, Minor Hockey, Curling Club, Women's Institute and was a member of the Lutheran Church. She had a special talent for baking, knitting, crocheting and especially sewing and sewed many ice carnival costumes over the years. Along with this, Joyce did the bookkeeping for Ray's business and also worked as a secretary at the Village of Riverton. In 1982, they moved their family to Winnipeg where she worked at Richard Wayne Insurance Co. for 12 years. She made many new friends while in Winnipeg, eventually retiring in 1996. Prior to retirement she and Ray purchased a home on 3rd Avenue in Gimli. It was here that her family and friends again enjoyed her never ending hospitality and their house was often filled to capacity every weekend during the summer months. In her retirement she kept busy by baking and selling her well loved vinatartas and ponnokukur. She joined line dancing, volunteered with the New Horizons Seniors' Club, attended many Old Time dances, was a regular at Curves Fitness and always had a knitting project on the go.
Her heart was most happy though when she was with family at the many family gatherings where she loved a good sing-a-long, music, laughter and of course dancing.
Joyce leaves behind to cherish her memory, four children and their spouses: Alan (Joanne) Benedictson, Jan (Rick) Brownlee, Elaine (Darrell) Klym, Brian (Gabbi) Benedictson; grandchildren: Shawn Klym (Kirsten), Kolby Klym (Kaya), Trent Brownlee, Jada and Luc Benedictson, along with the most recent and welcome addition to her family, her great-grandson, Cosmo Ray Klym (six weeks old). She also leaves behind her only brother Johnny (Shirley-Ann), sisters, Shirley, Darlene (Elert), Carol (Wilfred), Lorraine (Lorne), Shirely (Morley), brother-in-law Gilbert and sister-in-law Sella. She was predeceased by her parents, Jonina (nee Sigmundson), S.R. Sigurdson and stepmother Aurora (nee Briem), her husband of 56 years Ray, brothers-in-law, Allan, Don, Fred, Bob and Laugi, sisters-in-law, Anna and Fran and niece Lori. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and friends of her children whom she loved as if they were her own.
We will cherish all our memories and times spent together. Joyce's family thanks the Betel staff for their loving care during a very trying time.
As per Joyce's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life is planned for the spring of 2022.

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The Fallen Limb - A limb has fallen from the family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says, "grieve not for me" Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don't worry about falls, I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin. Until the day comes we're together again. (Author Unknown)

"We love you Mom. Till we meet again."


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My Condolences to Benedictson family - Posted by: Shann Chartrand (Friend ) on: Dec 12, 2021

  • Jan, my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mom. I remember her coming to watch you curl many years back. Take care. - Posted by: Karen Zapisocki (Friend of Jan’s from curling) on: Dec 12, 2021

  • Condolences - Posted by: Donna Myden (Friend) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • To Elaine and Darryl and family: I only knew Joyce to say hello but I remember seeing her at line dancing not THAT long ago and she always had that beautiful smile. I admired her so much, how she danced, so nimble and light on her feet, a happy lovely lady. My condolences to you all from Sis. - Posted by: Sis Thomas Moore (friend) on: Dec 11, 2021

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