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Joyce Edwardson

Joyce Edwardson

Thursday, May 16th, 1935 Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

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Obituary for Joyce Marie Edwardson

Joyce Marie Edwardson passed away peacefully on October 30th, 2019 with her family by her side.

Joyce was born to Eli and Julia Turgeon, May 16, 1935, and grew up with her two younger brothers, Don and Dale, on a farm near Crystal Springs, Saskatchewan. She loved riding her horse to school as well as traveling in an enclosed horse drawn sleigh 'school bus' in the winters.

She was a teacher in a one room school in Northern Saskatchewan and later taught at McBride School in Sapperton, B.C.

Joyce and Arthur grew up on Saskatchewan farms three miles apart and were long time school friends. Romance blossomed and they married in 1958.

In April, 1961, Joyce and Arthur gave birth to twin boys, Brent and Keith, and four years later in May, 1965, Neil was born. Their family lived in Port Coquitlam where Joyce worked with her husband at Arthur Edwardson Photography. Joyce was a strong support for Arthur and her organizational skills were instrumental in the success of their family business. They were happy to have both Brent and Neil join them in the photographic studio.

Joyce loved spending time with her family and Sunday's were saved for outings such as hiking and making camp fires, often three fires, one for each son! She took great care of their home, providing many beautiful meals. Joyce tended her garden; her hanging flower baskets and hummingbird friends were enjoyed when her family gathered around the dining table. Joyce was a passionate reader and always had a book or two on the go! She attended Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, at the end of her street and taught Catechism for many years.

Joyce and Arthur enjoyed getting together with close friends for dinner and coffee. She met many friends through the professional photography association and traveled throughout North America to attend photography conferences.

Joyce was blessed with five grandchildren, Coe, Manya, Leif, and additional twins for the family, Nathan and Nolan. Family holidays, especially Christmas were fun occasions with memorable Norwegian dishes of leftse and lutefisk. Lutifisk is a jellied codfish Joyce cooked as Arthur loved this traditional food; her family noticed that Joyce only took a very small serving for herself!

Joyce was predeceased by her brother Don, and then suffered a great loss with the passing of Arthur in February, 2006. Joyce had mild symptoms of Parkinson's which later progressed and she moved from her family home into the Belvedere Care Home where she spent the last three years of her life. She received good care there and made some close friends who enjoyed her dry humor and kind spirit.

Joyce is loved and remembered by her brother Dale (Valerie), her sisters in law Hazel, Estelle, Karen, her sons Brent, Keith (Dawn), Neil (Nikki) and her grandchildren Coe, Leif, Mayna, Nathan and Nolan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Parkinson Society British Columbia.

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    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
    3141 Shaughnessy Street
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    Friday, November 8th, 2019
    Fr. Ronald Thompson

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Manya Edwardson

Hi Little Grandma,
It’s sad to see you go, but I know it was your time to be with Bumpa again. You lived a great life and were an awesome grandma to us all. I’ll never forget all the walks we would take together down by the Coquitlam river – especially in my younger years when I brought a doll and carriage along with me. Christmas time and birthdays were the best with you - I often dream about your poppyseed cake and only wish that one day I can bake one that tastes even close to as good as the ones you made. Decorating Christmas cookies with you (your chocolate gingerbread was also to die for!) was always a tradition I cherished. You didn’t care what the cookies looked like – you only cared that we enjoyed ourselves being creative. I have numerous pieces of jewelry and knick knacks that you passed down through the generations to me, I will continue to treasure these items forever, and pass them to my grandchildren one day. I loved your little giggling laugh, I loved your subtle sassy remarks and dry sense of humour, I loved your dedication to the family and to the photography business we are all so proud of, and I loved how much you loved Bumpa. Your love for each other was as pure as it comes and I’m so happy you’re together again. Say hi to him for me.

This is all a lot harder to process for me being so far away in Australia, away from family. I think about you everyday. When you passed, I knew you said goodbye to me over here. I am currently working at a potato factory and at the time of your passing there was an uncanny amount of heart shaped red potatoes passing by the conveyor belt… a sight I have yet to see since that moment. Thank-you for saying hello with the first heart, and saying goodbye with the last. I’ll miss you dearly.
Love always,
Your granddaughter Manya
Comment | Posted at 05:24am via Condolence

Nathan Edwardson

Hey little grandma

I loved all the time we had together going for walks by the river, you letting me explore the studio or just sitting at the table having tea and learning about the life you've lived. I especially enjoyed Christmas with you. Decorating the tree and baking gingerbread cookies together-I don't even like gingerbread!- It was just nice to see a beautiful smile on your face. I love and miss you little grandma

Love, your grandson Nathan
Comment | Posted at 10:11pm via Condolence

Coe Edwardson

Hi Grandma,

Leif and Coe here, we wanted to say hi. Tonight we were talking in the hot tub (it is cold and rainy here) about all the great trips we had to Vancouver visiting you. We remember being very excited to spend Christmas out there with you and Grandpa. The big holly tree outside was always the first thing we saw and so special because it reminded us so much of your home. We remember setting up the tinsel on the Christmas tree with you, and of course Pepe, who went crazy with the decorations. We also remember your “pet” hummingbirds that would come to visit along your balcony, while having breakfast with you in front of the beautiful bay windows. Of course the lutefisk and lefse left quite the impression on us as well, I don’t remember you taking a large portion of the lutefisk… and I’m not sure we did either. It’s been a couple years since we had a Christmas there but last time we were in Vancouver we went for pizza as a family, and enjoyed a great evening with you!

Right now I (Leif) am back in school, and am hoping to apply to Physical Therapy this winter. I am also working as a coach at a fitness studio and am really loving my job, it feels good to be passionate about something. I think that you and your family seemed to find that with photography at the studio. Coe has just started school at NAIT taking civil technology, just like Keith did. Afterward, he is hoping to go to Victoria for more school and to enjoy some of the beautiful weather you have out on the west coast.

Love Leif and Coe
October 25, 2019

Comment | Posted at 10:22pm via Condolence

Ruth Ross

Dave and I were very saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. We admired her dedication to her family, to the business she and Arthur shared, and her great love for her grandchildren. She was selfless, soft spoken and every bit a lady. We will always remember the good times at the lake and the wonderful Christmas Eve dinners lovingly prepared with a touch of Norway (Lutifisk)!
Sincere condolences Brent, Keith and Neil. Dave & Ruth
Comment | Posted at 03:03pm via Condolence


Joyce ( Little Grandma) will be remembered best for her humble nature and kind ways. We have many memories of her beautiful suppers and of the homemade double decker poppy seed cakes that she only made for her loved ones on their birthdays. She lived for her family and that was evident in the love and care she showed for them every day. We will fondly remember our many Sunday excursions, walks in the outdoors with all of the kids and Little Grandma in her happy place there. We are happy for her now to be with her beloved Arthur ( Bumpa ) and at peace.
Love from Nathan, Nolan, Manya and Laura.
Comment | Posted at 02:04pm via Condolence

Jolan Thomas

I am saddened to hear of your passing. Mrs. Edwardson (I could never bring myself to call you Joyce) :) I will always remember how you and Arthur accepted me in your family back in the day. I have never had a delish poppy seed cake made for me as you had so lovingly made for me for years (I will always be grateful for that). Also allowing me the honour of joining you and your family for the xmas dinners...I too have fond memories of the Lefse and not so fond memories of the lutefisk. Rest in peace Mrs. Edwardson love from Jolan
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