Obituary – Joyce Mamie Remus (May 6, 1925 to April 10, 2022)
Joyce Mamie Remus of Lethbridge passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at the age of 96. She is survived by her children, Lynda (Dave) Navratil, Roy (Shari) Remus, Darryl (Wendy) Remus, and Neil Remus of Alberta and Jerry (Corinne) Remus of Tennessee. Joyce was born in Didsbury in 1925, the middle child of nine girls raised by loving parents Wilfred and Mayme Merner. She attended both the King Edward School and Alexandra School in Wetaskiwin until completing her Grade 8 studies. At the age of 16, Joyce attended Point Inspiration Bible Camp, where she met her future husband Norm.
When Joyce was 17 years old, she left home to live in Edmonton. She worked as cashier at the YWCA where she also lived. A few years later she moved to Red Deer and found work as a clerk in the Metropolitan Store. Joyce later moved to Wetaskiwin and worked for Blacklock Jewelers until the age of 24. At 22 years of age, Joyce and Norm renewed their acquaintance after meeting outside the Post Office in Wetaskiwin. They were later married on January 4, 1950.
During their time on the farm at Brightview, their daughter Lynda and son Roy were born. After 5 years they moved into Wetaskwin, then later settled in Edmonton. Darryl, Neil and Jerry were born during these years. Joyce stayed at home during her family’s early years taking in childcare. In 1969 Joyce and Norm moved to Lethbridge. From 1973 to 1978 she worked part time at the Woolco Department Store and clerk at Sweet Sixteen Clothing Store. Joyce also performed janitorial duties for the Lakeview Mennonite Church. While attending church Joyce enjoyed singing in a ladies trio and church choirs.
In 1983, Joyce and Norm moved to Kelowna and purchased a house on Taylor Road. After selling that property and buying a camperized van, they travelled across Canada for 8 months. Upon returning, they lived in a Park Model Trailer in Holiday Park out of Winfield. They also enjoyed their winters in Yuma, AZ. Then in 1991, they had a house built east of Kelowna Airport. While living in Kelowna, they attended Trinity Baptist Church and later The Church of God.
They loved their home in the Kelowna hills and hated to leave it in 2013 to move back to be with family in Lethbridge. They enjoyed their family of 13 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great Great Grandchildren.