Joyce Sihota, BA’46, BSW’47

Joyce slipped peacefully out of this life on February 18, 2017, in Nanaimo, BC, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Peace River, Alberta, on October 16, 1925, and after obtaining both a BA and BSW from UBC, became the director of Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach. She dedicated her life to supporting her husband and raising her family of seven children in South Surrey. When her husband retired in 1986, the couple moved to Abbotsford to start a blueberry farm, and for several years Joyce chaired the BC Blueberry Council. As a person she always considered others first, and as a mother, grandmother and great‑grandmother, she was selflessly devoted to her family. She will be deeply missed. She leaves behind her husband of 68 years, Dedar, children Paul (Kensey), Jan, Kim (Kathryn), Darshan (Shalene), Karen, Don (Denis), Chris (Cal), 15 grandchildren, 10 great‑grandchildren, her sister Dorothy, sister‑in‑law Dial, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation in Joyce’s name be made to the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre (www.vepc.bc.ca).

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