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Born: Jun 03, 1930

Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2020

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June 3, 1930 - July 28, 2020

Our cherished mother and grandmother Joyce passed away peacefully on July 28, 2020 at the age of 90 years, predeceased by husband Hugh Hay (April, 1991), and beloved by surviving children, Sharon, Brian, and Brent Hay (Kathy), grandchildren, Kristal Harman (Larry), and Bretton Hay, and great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Rory Harman. Deeply missed by sister Shirley Gzebb and predeceased by her parents, Jessie and James McMullin and brother James McMullin and missed by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born to James and Jessie McMullin on June 3, 1930 soon after the start of the Great Depression, and growing up in the North End, Joyce learned the value of hard work, thrift and saving.
Joyce always wanted to be a teacher, but in the late 1940s the family was unable to afford attendance at university. She joined the workforce at age 18 in a secretarial position and was up for promotion when she was laid off in 1949 because she was getting married. She returned to the workforce in 1959, working in business for the next 10 years, while raising her three children.
An opportunity arose in 1967 to obtain her teaching certificate for high school Business Education classes, through a certification program at Red River Community College, where she met her lifelong best friend Lea Mansell. Joyce and Lea commenced teaching careers in 1968 at Elmwood High School. Joyce taught high school for Winnipeg School Division No. 1 until retiring in 1993 from her teaching position at the Adolescent Parent Centre.
A strong belief in lifelong learning led Joyce to pursue further education. While teaching full time, Joyce, along with her best friend Lea, attended night and summer school courses for many years, to obtain her Bachelor of Education degree and her Master's Degree in Education.
A zest for travel led Joyce to organize numerous summer driving trips across Canada and the United States. She also travelled the world to Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and enjoyed several Caribbean cruises.
Gifted with a beautiful soprano voice, Joyce sang solo at weddings and joined many choirs throughout her life, including notably, The Sisters of the Holy Rock and the Irish Club Tara Players choir.
Joyce loved the cottage life during the summers, first at the Winnipeg Beach cottage Hughie built next door to her mother and father's cottage in the late 1950s and then starting in the 1960s for the next 50 years at the cottage Hughie built at Lee River. The family tradition was always to invite relatives to visit and stay.
Joyce was the matriarch for the extended family, hosting Thanksgiving dinners at the Lee River cottage and Boxing Day dinners in the city. St. Patrick's Day and Boxing Day parties held in the Rec Room at our family home on Foxgrove were the highlight parties of the year for many friends and relatives. Live music with Auntie Annie LeClair and her sons Eddie and Jerry made these evenings special.
Joyce shared a special bond with her sister Shirley. Throughout life they prayed together, participated in many adventures, laughed, sang and danced the much requested Charleston, side by side, while always being there to give support to each other where and when it was needed.
The most important thing to Joyce was her family. Mom supported each of us during times of trouble and always encouraged us to follow our dreams. Throughout the years, birthdays and special occasions were celebrated in her dining room for her three children and their spouses. At every birthday she made certain the grandchildren also received small gifts. Joyce hosted a birthday party for each of her great-grandchildren. She delighted in spending time with Kristal and Brett in the city and at her cottage in Lee River. We celebrated our last family Christmas dinner with Mom in the private dining room at River Ridge II. Mom was all smiles as she enjoyed the laughter and conversation.
Flowers gratefully declined, however a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Due to Covid-19, no formal service will be held. A private Celebration of Life for Joyce will be planned for a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Dear Sharon and Family of Joyce Hay, I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Joyce. She was a true and gracious lady who was respected by all who knew her. Joyce shared her lovely voice with The Sisters of the Holy Rock for 17 years and willingly served as Treasurer on the Executive for 15 years. She was a very dedicated member in the "Sisters Group" and was loved by all. We enjoyed countless hours of camaraderie, fun & laughter - so many good memories. On behalf of the entire "Flock", our heartfelt sympathy extends to you all. With Blessings and Angels around Dear Joyce Carole Stone - Posted by: Carole Stone / Sisters of the Holy Rock (Friends) on: Aug 21, 2020

  • My condolences to all.....She was a great sad, but it sounds like she had a wonderful life filled with love of family & friends. xo - Posted by: Roberta Stuart nee Macaulay (Student) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to the family. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Sending Lots of love. - Posted by: Janice Cycon (Friend to the family) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • Joyce and I were in the Sisters together in the same car pool for many years. We had many fun times and loads of laughs. Joyce had a lovely soprano voice and she enjoyed belonging to mañy choirs over the years. I wish I had taken more opportunities to visit her in her apt. One day we will meet again. In the in peace sweet Joyce. - Posted by: JoAnn Kakoske (Friend from "Sisters") on: Aug 08, 2020

  • My condolences to the family. Mrs. Hay was always kind & caring to her students. I fondly remember students speaking very highly of her teaching & their friendships with her. She just wasn’t a teacher, she was Elmwood High School family. - Posted by: Sandra Muise (Student at Elmwood High School) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I remember Mrs. Hay from Adolescent Parent Centre. She was my typing teacher. She was such a great lady glad. I am glad I had the honor of being her student. She will be missed but never forgotten <3 - Posted by: Tina (Former student ) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Very sorry to hear about the passing of Auntie Joyce. Our best wishes to everyone in the family. We want to express our deepest sadness for you loss. I have many good memories of my Auntie Joyce growing up. At the cabin at Lee River and enjoying Boxing day on Foxgrove. Later on we always appreciated Auntie Joyce and Shirley including us in many family events. We always looked forward to her wonderful Christmas cards each year. She will be sadly missed. - Posted by: James McMullin and Lisa McMullin and family (Nephew) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I first met Joyce thru singing, with the Sisters of the Holy Rock. will always remember her as being a real pretty lady with such a gentle soul. enjoyed many fun times at her home, while she hosted the Red Hat ladies. Joyce loved to see the deer, come up to her patio doors, knowing how she loved nature I painted a picture of a bird for her, she often told me how much she liked it. I feel blessed for having known Joyce. Rest in Peace my friend..Laraine - Posted by: Laraine Shepherd (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

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