Joyce Irene Ferguson (nee Slinn) of Kamloops passed away peacefully in her sleep March 23, 2023 at 94 years of age.

Joyce is survived by her four sons Roy (Agnes), Bob (Nina), David (Helen) and Doug (Denyse). Joyce was predeceased by her parents Ivy and George Slinn, her husband Don and her brother Don Slinn.  Don and Joyce were married for over 72 years. Joyce is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren who all miss her dearly.

Joyce was born in North Vancouver and grew up in the Lynn Valley area.  She met Don there and after they were married  they moved to Clinton and started their family. They moved to Brocklehurst   in 1963. Eventually, Don and Joyce built a home  in Westsyde and lived there for a number of years.

Joyce had a love for gardening, baking and sewing.  Between flower gardens, with her favorite flower being  the Iris, and her large, bountiful,  vegetable gardens she was always very busy.  She loved to cook fresh vegetables with her dinners and kept her yard and gardens to perfection. Joyce could sew any kind of clothing or toys and most family members have one of Joyce’s Father Christmases in their possession. In the midst of all of this, she found time and the perseverance to raise four boisterous boys, all of whom developed into fine men.

Joyce was a great baker and was most famous for her apple pies. Many days her kitchen counter was covered with fresh pies and freshly baked bread.  During the family’s years at Cherry Creek Ranch, Joyce had an abundant supply of apples from the ranch’s large apple orchard.

Don and Joyce along with Roy and his wife Agnes bought and operated the Cherry Creek Ranch for a number of years but Joyce maintained a very close connection to her Westsyde friends and continued those relationships when  the ranch was sold and the family returned to Kamloops to the Brocklehurst area. She was active in the Church of Cleopas and was a member of “The Birthday Club” along with many of her good friends. She always looked forward to their get-togethers and spoke fondly of her fellow members.

In their later retirement, Joyce and Don downsized and moved into the Shores where they lived for several years.  When Don passed away Joyce continued on at the Shores for some time.

Joyce eventually moved to her final residence at the Overlander Extended Care Hospital where she made many new friends whose company she thoroughly enjoyed.

Joyce lived to a good age and we would like to thank all that provided assistance to her in The Shores and Overlander and  for making her life as happy as they could.

The family will be holding a celebration of life for Joyce at Kamloops Funeral Home 285 Fortune Dr. Kamloops BC June 24, 2023 at 11:00 am

In lieu of flowers the family would suggest donations to the Heart and Stroke fund.

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