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Born: Sep 23, 1927

Date of Passing: Aug 27, 2018

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JOYCE GEORGINA MILHAUSEN (SPENCE) Peacefully, on August 27, 2018, Joyce finally found freedom from the bonds of earth. Born September 23, 1927 to James Robert and Mary Jane Spence. Predeceased by her husband James Murray, son John (Jack) William, sister Ila, and brothers, Roy and Harold. Survived by children, Greg and Mary Lou, grandchildren, Bonnie, Dawn and Jason, great-grandchildren, Lana-Rae and Jackson, and brothers, Robert and Lloyd. Joyce grew up on the family farm just north of Waskada, MB. She married Jim Milhausen in October 1949. They fixed up an old house in Waskada to live. Then along came Greg, Jack and Mary Lou. Jim found work as a heavy duty mechanic. His work took him around the province. When the Winnipeg floodway project started, Joyce, Jim and family moved from Waskada in 1965 to Birds Hill, just north of Winnipeg. In 1967, the family moved into Winnipeg. In 1973 they purchased a new house in Transcona. Joyce worked at various places starting with a small restaurant in Birds Hill, Gambles, Mcleods and later at Sears until retirement. She enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, the Transcona United Church Women's Group and activities at Transcona Seniors Centre. She was musically gifted and played the organ/piano by ear from her youth till this year. After Jim passed away in 1987, she continued to live alone for nearly 25 years in their house in Transcona. She was a very independent woman and was not afraid to tackle maintenance and repair issues in her house and sometimes even with her car. In 2011, she moved to Devonshire House assisted living on Plessis Road, where she enjoyed the company of many friends. In 2016, Mom moved to Actionmarguerite (Tache Centre). The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful care given to Mom on 4AB right to the end. According to Joyce's wishes, cremation has taken place. A service will be held in the United Church in Waskada, Manitoba on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. A celebration of Mom's life will also be held in Winnipeg at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Avenue, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a lunch in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joyce's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Actionmarguerite (Tache Centre) donate-now/ Smith's Funeral Home in care of arrangements - 204-747-2088

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 01, 2018

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Offering our thoughts and condolences. - Posted by: Murray Spence&Rosalie Hilts (Cousin) on: Sep 06, 2018

  • Aunt Joyce was a favorite aunt. She always had time for Karen and I. She was such a great lady. We both enjoyed the stories she would share with us, regardless if it was about family or just general stuff she wanted to share. She was proud of her roots being from the Waskada area and frequently mentioned living there many years after she and Uncle Jim and kids had moved to Winnipeg. She also was fond of her brothers and sister. Aunt Joyce was always eager to share stories about growing up and the many things that took place in the Spence household. She was a determined women who always took adversity in stride and made the best of the life she had been dealt. Aunt Joyce you will be truly missed. - Posted by: Keith and Karen Spence (Nephew and wife) on: Sep 03, 2018

  • Lou and family - our condolences for your loss. - Posted by: Mike Radwanski (Friend) on: Sep 02, 2018

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