Joyce Alice Minion

Joyce Alice Minion

Joyce Alice Minion (Critchley) was born on December 9, 1922 in Salmon Arm, BC. She passed away peacefully surrounded in love with her family by her side at home on February 19, 2015.

Joyce was born and raised in Salmon Arm by her parents Charlie and Margaret Critchley. Joyce and her siblings Marjorie, Robert, Frank and Bill spent their childhood enjoying activities in the Shuswap. She married Harold Minion June 5, 1946. They lived on their farm west of Salmon Arm where they raised their three children. On their private airstrip located on the farm, the couple was active in the R.A.F. Ground Observers Corps. They were involved in identifying and tracking aircraft and coordinating searches when necessary. They made many friends, saw pilots trained; lives saved and became known for their hospitality and willingness to help others. After selling the farm, Joyce spent many years doing needle work and participating in the Salmon Arm Farmers’ Market. Joyce had a relationship with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. She lived by her faith.

Family was very important to Joyce and highlights for her were numerous family gatherings such as Christmas 2014. Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Harold on July 18, 1996, her parents; sister, Marjorie and brother, Robert. Joyce is survived by her children June (Fred), Jim (Penny), and Gord (Judy), and her brothers, Frank and Bill; sister in-law, Lorna Turner, and many nieces and nephews. As well she had 7 grandchildren, Calven (Jess), Steven (Diana), Jason (Emily), Lorelei (James), Nathan (Amanda), Jen (Scott), Holly (Neil). She enjoyed spending her later years with her 15 great grandchildren.

Celebration of Joyce’s Life will be held at Ashton Creek Christian Fellowship at 1:00 pm, March 7, 2015. Donations can be made in memory of Joyce Minion to Africa Relief and Support Services for the aids of orphans of Kenya, 935 Mabel Lake Rd. Enderby, BC, V0E 1V5.

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Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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