Joyce was born on October 12, 1930 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta to Lily & Fred Hammer. She was the eldest of two children. Joyce was raised on a farm in Frederickheim, Alberta; this is now the same farm her son Mark currently farms. She attended the Frederickheim School through grades 1 to 9 and then attended the Leduc Composite High School. After High School she attended the Christian Training Institute of Edmonton (known today as Taylor College).
After high school, Joyce was employed at the Jacob Morris School of Music teaching accordion for four years and also worked on the family farm milking cows. Joyce met Richard in early 1954, and they were married on August 14, 1954 at the Central Baptist Church. After fours months of marriage, they decided to move back home to Leduc where they operated a dairy farm for the next 26 years. On the farm Joyce & Richard raised their three children; Lois, Mark and Sherry. Joyce and Richard worked side by side on the farm and continued to work together as a team when they left the farm and moved back to Edmonton in 1985. Joyce and Richard’s entrepreneurial spirit continued to shine as they worked together in the apartment business. After the passing of Richard in May, 2007 Joyce continued in the apartment business for a number of years.
Joyce’s faith was very important to her and she became a Christian in November 1941 and was baptised in March 1942. The Church and her belief in God was very important to Joyce and Richard and over the years she was a member of Central Baptist (Edmonton), First Baptist (Leduc) and Hillview Baptist (Edmonton).
Joyce relocated to Sheppard’s Garden Millwoods in 2014 and resided there until her passing. Joyce had a love and a passion for music. She enjoyed singing, teaching and directing the choir. Joyce assisted in directing the choir at the First Baptist Church in Leduc and also directed the Hillview Baptist choir. Joyce’s hobbies included Paper Toll, Orchids, African Violets and numerous card games. Joyce also loved to travel and some of her favourite locations were Radium Hot Springs, Europe, Hawaii and Arizona.
Joyce was predeceased by her husband Richard (May 2007) and leaves daughter Lois (Barry) D’Angelo; son Mark (friend Henny) Ziegler; daughter Sherry (Brent) Martin; granddaughters Raelene D’Angelo, Michelle (Mike) Mayner, and Brittney Ziegler; and great granddaughter Hannah Mayner. All will dearly miss her. Joyce will also be missed by her sister Jean Hermann, her many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
“She is safe in the arms of Jesus, her Lord”
A Visitation will be held Friday, June 8 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Serenity Funeral Service, 5311-91 Street NW Edmonton. Interment will take place Saturday, June 9, 2018 at First Baptist Cemetery, south of Leduc on Hwy 2A, to Glen Park Road, 3 miles east to Range Road 243, one mile north at 11:00 am.
Please join the family for a Celebration of Life at 2:00 pm at Hillview Baptist Church, 253 Woodvale Road W, Edmonton. Refreshments to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Camp Caroline, Box 250, Caroline, Box 250, Caroline, AB., www.campcaroline.ab.ca or Shepherds Care or a charity of choice.