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Date of Passing: May 22, 2019

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On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 the Winnipeg Jets especially "Big Buff" lost their biggest fan. It is with the deepest sorrow that we
announce the passing of D. Joyce Lilley after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Over the years, she first contacted the
disease in 2011. Joyce fought relentlessly making the disease fight for every inch, but we could see she was tiring. She is finally after all the years without pain.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 48 years, Leslie, her oldest son Steven (Carmelle), Sheldon and daughter Shelly
(Michael). She also leaves many grand-children, Paige, Anna, Victor, Kyle, Makinley, Kaynon and Kaydence.
Joyce held down two jobs, maintaining a
family, and an outside job until we had three children and then she stayed home and only had one job. Once the three children were in school, she worked outside the home again and also went to University. Joyce received her B.S.W. and then continued her career in that field.
Joyce fulfilled another dream of hers by volunteering in Swaziland, a small country in Africa. She was there for six months,
witnessed difficult things, but being there as a volunteer and a social worker spoke about her inner strength.
Joyce was predeceased by her mother Vera and her grandparents, Soloman and Ethel.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31 at Chapel Lawn
Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.

Piminaw Mikisiw Kisaki Ten
Ekota Ka yayan

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery
by Arbor Memorial

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences to Les and his family. Though we have not kept in touch in recent years, our families were very close even before our children were born. We would visit with Joyce and Les in Lorette, Manitoba many a Friday or Saturday, enjoying Joyce's camaraderie and quick wit. When our families were blessed with children, mine (Ryan and Shawna) played with Joyce and Les' (Steven, Sheldon and Joelle) countless hours. Joyce with ever a close eye on the entire brood. Their home, complete with bonfires, geese and even a few cows. Joyce was so excited when Les brought the cows home until she realized that they would never make it into the freezer. Les said they were "special" cows. Family was very important to Joyce. She was a dedicated Mom and a fierce defended of her children. They were, each one, a true gift and she loved and cared for them as no other could. While Joyce was attending the University of Manitoba we reconnected when she started working in her spare time at the same daycare I worked at. We all benefited from her sense of humour and no nonsense parenting style. Time passes, lives move in different directions but I will always have happy memories of the time our families spent together. Joyce will be greatly missed. With Our Deepest Sympathy: Lori Reuther, Ryan, Shawna and their families. - Posted by: Lori Reuther (Friend and Relative) on: May 26, 2019

  • My sincerest condolences to the Lilley family. She was a very important part of my life and she will be missed by many others whose lives she touched by her kindness and love. She was an amazing woman and she will be missed. - Posted by: Roberta Sinclair-Kemash (acquaintance) on: May 25, 2019

  • My sweet friend Joyce, your fight has ended, you are free of pain. Your soul is in heaven and your spirit will live on in our memories, our stories and in the eyes of those who loved you and were blessed to have known you! I for one feel so truly blessed to have had many laughs, hugs and tears of joy with you. Till we meet again my friend I will carry you in my heart. - Posted by: Sarah (Best Friends Forever) on: May 25, 2019

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