Joyce Doreen Anderson
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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Joyce Doreen Anderson at her home on May 21st in her 94th year. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jim and her brothers, Kenneth and Jack. Joyce is survived by her sisters Shirley and Ivadelle, her daughters Linda and Brenda, her granddaughters Sheena and Kirsti and her great-grandchildren Sawyer, Julia, Harrison and Everly.

Joyce was born in Saskatoon to Granville and Ruth Harris, the first of five children. She was raised in the small village of Aylesbury, Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan where she studied pharmacy. She had a long career in that profession, ending up as an associate at Shopper’s Drug Mart. She and her first husband moved to Victoria in 1950 and she helped run the Atlas Coffee Shop on Yates Street, as well as working at Cunningham Drug Store.

Joyce had boundless energy, living life to the fullest. She often used this energy in the service of others. After retirement, her calendar was full from morning until late at night. Joyce was a born leader. She was a member of the Siroptimists and took her turn as president. She served as Vice President of the Colwood Golf Course. For many years she canvassed for the United Way and served on the board. She organized bridge functions for charity, volunteered for a time at the Cancer Society and she gave blood regularly. Joyce brought commitment, genuine interest and enthusiasm to any organization she joined and often played a leadership role in each committee in which she served. Her zest for life and her thirst to engage created an enviably large network of friends and colleagues.

Golf, bridge and gardening were her passions. She was an avid competitor, playing to win. She spent many happy hours tending her garden at her beautiful home with a wonderful view. She and her husband went on many wonderful trips. She also loved spending time at her cabin at Shawnigan Lake swimming, water skiing and roasting in the sauna. She cherished her grandchildren, and they her.

Joyce will be remembered as an independent, forceful person who would never shy away from a challenge, let fairness go uncontested, or pass an opportunity to help anyone in need. Joyce lived a full life with determination, courage, kindness, style, with true friendships and the love of her family. She will be sorely missed.

Joyce’s family would like to thank the many family members and friends who supported them during this time, as well as the many professionals, especially Elaine and Dr. Stuart Bax.

Donations gratefully accepted to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Joyce’s ashes will be placed next her later husband, Jim at Hadley Park. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no service. Instead, we remember Joyce each day in our hearts.

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Published in The Times Colonist from May 26 to May 28, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
After graduating from UBC in 1974, Joyce hired me to be part of her team at Shoppers Drug Mart. Joyce was an awesome lady. She was one of a few women that were associates at the time and worked a full shift as a pharmacist and managed her store when our shifts overlapped. She was an astute business and worked harder than any of her male counterparts. She was caring and considerate to her staff and customers. I worked with Joyce for 5 years and was fortunate to have her as a mentor and friend to start my career.
Carolyn Parks
May 30, 2020
Auntie Joyce was always ready for fun and adventure. I have lots of great memories of being at Shawnigan Lake with her.She will be deeply missed.
Pamela Sawatzky
May 29, 2020
Very sad to hear this news. She was very good friends with my parents Roy and Ethel Boothroyd. My brothers and myself always called her Aunty Joyce. I am glad we stayed in touch mostly via FB. Say hi to mom and dad Aunty Joyce!!
Todd Boothroyd
May 28, 2020
First met Joyce in 1965 in Cuninghams store in downtown Victoria when I joined the Cunningham's office in Vancouver . She was a great Associate owner for SDM & was always most pleasant .My condolences to her whole family as she will be missed . Fred Van Laare (Toronto Ontario)
Fred Van Laare
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