Joyce Cumming

Joyce Cumming

April 3, 1924 –

January 9, 2016

Joyce Cumming passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 9, 2016 at the age of 91.

Joyce was born and raised in Whitley Bay, England on April 3, 1924. While in the land army during World War II, Joyce met her husband Johnny. She delivered their first child, David, during a bombing at home because they couldn’t make it to a hospital. She came to Canada as a war bride in 1946 on the Queen Mary. They settled in the lower mainland, having her daughter Davene in Nanaimo, before moving to Prince George. Joyce began working at Woolworths while in Prince George where she worked for 31 years transferring to Ottawa and Vernon before retiring in Salmon Arm. While working at Woolworths, she always bought her grandchildren the latest fad toys that were popular, including Cabbage Patch Kids. After Johnny died, Joyce moved to Cranbrook in 2004 to be closer to her family. Joyce loved her sweets and always made sure there was a trifle to finish every family meal. She couldn’t carry a tune but loved music and sang like no one was listening. She was early for everything, sing-alongs and parades alike to get the best seats. She had a fierce love for her family and was a very proud mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.

Joyce is predeceased by her husband of 50 years John, son-in-law Paul and grandson-in-law David.

She is survived by her son David (Marilyn) and daughter Davene, grandchildren Kathy (Barry), Kerry (Aaron), Cherie, Shane (Jessica) and Tobi (Tony), great grandchildren Barbara-Lynn (Dylan), Dalton, Chance, Mikayla, Bailey, Mackenzie, Fisher, Michael, Lennox and Levi as well as all her family in England with whom she kept in constant contact.

There will be a family internment at a future date.


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