23. June, 1930 – 30. March, 2013
Joyce was born in Hamilton Ontario, the daughter of Henry Perry, a French Canadian professional ice hockey player and Phyllis Franks, an English immigrant to Canada. In 1947 she moved with her family to Vancouver. A gifted musician, Joyce played the piano, violin, and above all, excelled as a singer. She was a finalist twice in the nationwide CBC competition 'Singing Stars of Tomorrow'. In 1957 she sang the leading role of Violetta in a CBC production and recording with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra of Verdi's La Traviata. In 1961 she sang the role of Micaela in Carmen, the first ever VOA production. She was the only local singer to sing a leading role in the internationally star studded cast. After marrying Ernest Crist in 1959, and the birth of children Katherine (1960) and David (1962), she gave up her promising career to devote to her family. She provided endless support for Ernie Crist in his long engagement in civic politics including 25 years as a councillor in the District of North Vancouver. She was predeceased by her daughter Katherine in 1986 and husband Ernie in 2008 both of whom were much loved and sorely missed. She is survived by her son David and numerous friends.
At my Mom's request there will be no funeral.