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Date of Passing: Dec 13, 2020

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Joyce Cavell Basman (nee Epstein) passed away on December 13, 2020, at the age of 97. A woman who lived and died on her own terms, Joyce's life ended as she wished it - peacefully, painlessly and in her sleep.
Joyce was the daughter of Frieda and Louis Epstein and older sister to Irving (predeceased). Frieda and Louis were refugee immigrants from Russia and Romania. They settled in and around the farming colonies of Saskatchewan, set up by Baron De Hersh for Jews escaping the pogroms of eastern Europe.
During the Dirty Thirties, Joyce's family moved from town to town running general stores in receivership on behalf of creditors. In her youth, she had a penchant for whimsical, devil may care shenanigans, a feature throughout her life. Joyce marched to the beat of her own drummer, not accepting society's mores, forging her own path. She lived through the war years, and became a nurse seeing the worst and the best this world had to offer. A thoroughly modern woman; she played sports, drank as well as any man, dressed to the nines and did not suffer fools lightly.
To the family she was the wild and crazy Aunt from the Prairies. A main stay at all family celebrations, dancing the splits or displaying feats of strength by challenging her nephews to arm wrestling. She was the Aunt who parasailed and played golf with Bobby Hull. She entertained her nieces and nephews with good humour, stories, and sage advice. She made friends wherever she went and made long lasting impressions.
Joyce married Aaron Basman at age 50, and described their marriage as the highlight of her life. When Aaron passed away, she carried on. She was one of the last bridges to a bygone era; she lived well and will be sorely missed by all.
Her family wishes to thank the staff of the Simkin Centre for years of kindness and care.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Ah Joyce, you were such an outstanding woman and friend!!! I first met you at the ReFit as you ran or walked with my mother and you always had something to say, as we all did our laps, when I sometimes passed you. This was carried on when I started working on H4 at the HSC when you, the amazing "IV Nurse" came on the ward. As a new RN I was concentrating on my work, and that ward was always very busy, but when you saw me down the hall you would, in a clear and distinctive voice state, "Hey Macaw, is that a wiggle or a struggle?", which would send you into a giggling fit and the rest of the staff and patients would perk up and look at me with great curiosity. The first time it happened I was mortified!!! After that, and some explaining to the charge nurse and various patients, I would of course stop what I was doing and go and have a little natter when I could. I will never forget you doing that. In fact, those times and the sound of your voice is burned in my memory and I am blessed for that. It is a story I have told many times. Later, after I moved to Honolulu, you and Aaron visited and we had a great time in Waikiki. Aaron was so sick at that time but he was such a mentsh. I believe that was one of the last times you traveled. The last time I saw you and Aaron was at your apartment when we had tea and a little visit while I was in Winnipeg, you always wanted to know how I was doing. I remember it all with great fondness and I am so lucky to have had you in my life. Joyce you may have been tiny in stature but were such a force and yes, you certainly did not suffer fools at all. May I be even a small part of the woman you were. Thank you. To all of Joyce's family, my and my mother extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. - Posted by: Sidney Macaw (Friend from RehFit and HSC and just a friend) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • I always enjoyed my walks with Joyce at the Re Fit and also outside in the summer. She was a great gal. - Posted by: Donna Macaw (Friend from RE FIt.) on: Jan 09, 2021

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