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JOYCE A. CHRISTIE (née STANDEN)
Born: Jul 01, 1924
Date of Passing: Dec 31, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
JOYCE A. CHRISTIE
July 1, 1924 - December 31, 2021
It is with profound sadness that the family of Joyce Christie announces her passing on December 31, 2021, at the Charleswood Care Centre in Winnipeg.
Joyce leaves behind her only son Wesley (wife Tracy) of Winnipeg, her granddaughter, with whom she shared a birthday, Ashlen Mathew (David), her great-granddaughter Christie Mathew, and twin great-grandsons, James and Luke Mathew, of Carmel, Indiana. Also mourning her loss is her brother Roy Standen and wife Benva, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by her husband Gordon, her parents, Melba and Leslie Standen, and her sister, Iris Grills (Don).
Joyce was born and raised in Winnipeg, attending school at Wellington, Laura Secord, and Gordon Bell High. She continued her education at Dominion Business College. From 1943 to 1946 she was employed by the Bank of Commerce as a teller in the CNR cage and from 1946 to 1949 she worked at George McLean Wholesale Grocers.
During wartime Joyce met her future husband Gordon Christie on a blind date and they married on September 24, 1949. They were married for 68 years until Gordon's passing in November 2017. Gordon's employment took them to Toronto for a year, where Joyce worked as a typist at Standard Chemicals Ltd. Upon their return to Winnipeg in 1950 she went back to work at George McLean Wholesale Grocers. In 1956, they welcomed Wesley into the family, whereafter Joyce took up home-making to care for her family and domicile. Joyce loved to bake and took great pride in her household, which always was maintained in immaculate condition. Later in life, Joyce's mother, Melba, became her primary focus; Joyce doted on and cared for her beloved mother until Melba's passing in 2003.
The kind and professional attention Joyce received at Revera's Charleswood Care Centre throughout the pandemic, and during her final days, merits significant recognition. Sincere appreciation also to Joyce's diligent caregiver, Stella Kandilakis for her support and devotion, and to friends Jocelyn Jennings and Dr. Luis Oppenheimer for their gracious counsel. In particular, the family thanks and commends Joyce's faithful friend and companion, Frieda Pretzer, for the steadfast care she provided to Joyce and Gordon throughout their infirm years. Appreciation for Frieda's substantial contribution to the quality of Joyce's life is difficult for the family to adequately express.
A private celebration of Joyce's life will be held by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joyce's memory to the Salvation Army.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 08, 2022
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