JOYCE BEDA LUCY
June 22, 1942 - November 11, 2021
It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing of Joyce Beda Lucy on November 11, 2021 at 2:10 am in the St. Boniface General Hospital. Joyce’s health had been declining for some time due to diabetes and age related ailments.
She leaves to mourn her passing, husband and soul mate Henry Russell Lucy; sons, Wendell Robert Lucy and Warren William Lucy (Kandi); granddaughter Melissa Marie Lucy; and grandson Brock Bradley Lucy. She is also survived by sister Judith Marie Gusdal (Danny) and brother Ellwood Paul Johnson; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and many friends. Joyce was predeceased by her parents.
A Celebration of Lucy's Life will be held at 11:30am, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Unitarian Church, 603 Wellington Crescent. Due to COVID restrictions, guests will be asked for proof of vaccination and are asked to RSVP to ensure we are not exceeding occupancy limitations. Those wishing to attend should CLICK HERE to register.
Joyce’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.
Judy and Ellwood share their thoughts
about Joyce’s early years.
On June 22, 1942, Joyce Beda delighted her parents, Robert and Astrid Johnson, with her arrival! Her preschool years were spent with them on a farm where her first language was Swedish. The family grew with the addition of her sister Judith Marie and later, baby brother Ellwood Paul. When she was six years old, her father’s ill health led to their departure from the farm to a one-acre property which later became known as Robert’s corner. Her elementary school years were completed at the one room rural school at Hilltop, MB. During these years, a life long faith was nourished and led to her desire to serve others. Precious family memories include cozy evenings around the kitchen stove, Christmas celebrations at Momo’s and church and community events. A dream came true for her to attend the faith-based boarding High School at Caronport, SK. During her summers at home, she was a respected employee at the Snack Bar at Wasagaming in Riding Mountain National Park. These summers were treasured times of re-establishing strong bonds with her family and friends. Upon high school graduation, she was accepted into the Registered Nursing program at St. Boniface Hospital, in Winnipeg. This launched a long and successful career where she served others!
Henry arrived on the scene after Joyce graduated from the three year RN program at St. Boniface. She moved to Birtle Manitoba where her mother and brother lived after her father passed away. Her mother was a matron for the girls living at the Birtle Indian Residential School. Joyce worked at the Birtle District Hospital. Henry also worked at the school as a cook. Astrid, Joyce’s mom, would invite all the young workers over for Swedish coffee and goodies, hence Joyce met Henry. Our relationship blossomed and we were married the following September at Hilltop Baptist Church. We lived in Birtle before moving to Preaceville, SK. There, we ran a theater together for 7 months while Joyce kept us alive by working at the local hospital. We moved to Winnipeg in the fall of 1966. Joyce had no problem securing a position as nurse at St. Boniface Hosp. She worked on the gyne ward. One of the nuns said she was the best catholic nurse (even though she was protestant) because if a patient had a miscarriage when Joyce was with the patient she immediately baptised the fetus (baby). In her training Joyce had learned the importance to the Catholic mother that her baby was baptised. She had also used this knowledge when working at Birtle Hospital when a mother came running in with the young child she had accidentally run over. The mother was very upset because the child was not baptised. Joyce immediately got some water and baptised the child who was not breathing. But just to be safe one of the nuns on duty baptised the child again.
When Joyce was pregnant with Wendell she was able to work until April. She delivered Wendell on May 28th. In those days women did not get time off and collect EI so Joyce went back to work as a casual within 6 weeks. A couple of months later she discovered she was pregnant again causing my mother to ask “Why?”. Joyce’s reply was, “It takes two!” (sweet)!
By this time we had become involved with the Transcona Alliance Church plant in Transcona. The Christian and Missionary Alliance was a new church denomination to me but not to Joyce. We became Charter Members when the church organized.
Joyce had always (from childhood) wanted to be a Missionary (hence the Caronport High School at Briercrest Bible College). She soon
became involved with the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship also known as WMPF. Later she became the church president of the now renamed group, Alliance Women, in her church. She was able to encourage the church ladies to support the CMA missionaries at home and abroad. She was then elected to the area Alliance Women Committee. Then on to the Canadian Midwest District as President of Alliance Women. Her whole heart was in this ministry for many years. She loved communicating with the missionaries (remember back then it was snail mail)!
Joyce worked as a Head Nurse on 7AW general surgery at the St. Boniface Hospital for 10 years. She had great rapport with doctors, interns and medical staff. From there she went to part time service on Palliative Care. Her faith helped her work with the dying and those grieving. She was acting Head Nurse on the unit when my mom was admitted and passed. Joyce was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder in 1997 at which time she retired from nursing. The cancer was cured and the University of Manitoba summoned her to work for them for 6 months as a facilitator for BN students on the Palliative Care Ward at St. B. I believe it turned into a 5 year term. She loved to teach and was so very patient. After she retired again she started having more health challenges related to her diabetes. Joyce was so appreciative of the Home Care workers who attended to her needs. Some of these seemed like daughters and granddaughters to her. This care much improved her quality of life. On November 2nd, Joyce was rushed to St. Boniface where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. This led to a cardiac event and eventually her passing.
Our comfort is in knowing that she is at peace and in the arms of Jesus.
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