PALMER, Irene Joyce
December 17, 1923 - August 1, 2013
Irene Joyce Palmer passed away on the morning of August 1, 2013 at Point Grey Private Hospital in Vancouver. Predeceased by her husband of over 60 years, Alfred; survived by her three children Steve (Cathy), Linda Maas (Milt), and Mike (Pat); 10 grandchildren Dan (Pauline), Deb (Alex), Jenny (Mike), Kristina (David), Elizabeth (Barty), Tricia, Allison (Jon), Matthew, Sarah and Nicholas; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Bruce Fennell; as well as a large extended family in the lower mainland, Victoria BC, and Sarnia Ont. Joyce was born in Victoria, B.C. to Irene and Leslie Fennell and grew up there, graduating from high school at the age of 16. She married Alf at the age of 18. When he left to serve in World War II, she joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps and served at Camp Borden. After the war, they continued to live in Victoria and had their three children there. They eventually left Victoria to pursue work in Grand Forks and later in the lower mainland. They finally settled in White Rock, living there for almost 40 years. Joyce was very active in the community including St Mark's Anglican Church and Peace Arch Rebekah Lodge (serving in many capacities over the years including President). She loved gardening and took great pride in her flowers, fruits and vegetables. Mom was a very spirited and loving person, with a quick wit and was always willing to defend her position. She delighted in the activities and achievements of her grandchildren, always wanting to know what they were doing and to participate in their lives as much as she was able. We will miss her. Special thanks to the care team at Point Grey Private Hospital where she has lived for the past two and one-half years. A graveside service was held on August 9.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2013