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Joyce Rose

Image by Nick Andréka



March 3, 1927 - April 22, 2024

After a brief illness, it is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

She is survived by her daughters, MJ O’Neal and Joy Marsh (Mel); grandchildren Tom Dennison (Lori), Michael MacDonald (Stefanie), Ashleigh Kelman (Cole), Erin Clarke (Jeff), Alexis Marsh (Dan Dorff), Morgan MacDonald Beaton (Angus); her great-grandchildren Ava, Wyatt, Leia, Eyrel, Jameson, Alexander, Bodhi, Blair, Katie, and Emily. 

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Douglas; son David; son in law Jimmy; her parents, Val and Marie Costello; siblings Ed, Mildred, Gordon, Pug, Ethel, and Margaret. 

Mom was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Stonewall Manitoba. Her younger years were happy ones with several brothers and sisters to play with. She loved to talk about spending time with her father in the post office. She enlisted when she was old enough and served in World War II along with her father and brothers. She often spoke of the terrible day when her brother Pug didn’t make it home. 

She married John MacDonald in 1947 and had three children. They shared homes in Birtle, Thompson, and Winnipeg. In 1976 she married Doug Rose. They had 27 happy years together. 

Mom had fond memories working as a medical secretary at Cancer Care Manitoba. She especially enjoyed her long friendship with Dr. W. Hryniuk. 

Her love of travel took her to many places. Her favorites being Hawaii and Whitehorse. 

She was the consummate volunteer and participated in many organizations too many to list. She was very proud of her volunteer position at the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse. Her final position was on the board of Manitoba Association of Senior Centres. 

Mom didn’t belong to many organizations but she enjoyed the I.O.D.E and Eastern Star were two of her favorites. She often spoke about the years she played baseball or curled out of Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club. 

She was happiest: cooking, baking, knitting, eating dim sum at Kum Koon Garden, reading a good book, spending time with her family and friends, eating a very rare steak, discussing politics or campaigning for any Conservative candidate, playing bridge, having a tidy house, getting dressed up, walking her dog Rosemary, hearing a funny story or joke, talking about her Metis heritage, or her years spent in Stonewall. 

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and we will miss her terribly. 

We would like to thank the caring staff at Kiwanis Metropolitan, Mom’s home care workers, Grace Hospital Emergency and 3 South staff, and the special people who took time to be her friend. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice. 

A celebration of life is being planned for August. 

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.


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May 9, 2024 at 5:36 PM


May 9, 2024 at 5:35 PM

Will miss her always….♥️.

Wanda Phipps

May 9, 2024 at 5:33 PM

She was a wonderful Aunt to have.  I have so many cherished memories that include her.  Will miss her always.

Anne Collie p

May 9, 2024 at 5:31 PM

Joyce was truly a very special person; intelligent,  loved life and lived hers well.  Joyce had a sense of humour, great sense of adventure; in spite of failing health she still made plans for outings that sadly will not come to pass.

Joyce will be missed; not many friends like her.  Thank you for times we shared.  

Cheryl Willis and the Willis (Bill) Moore family

May 9, 2024 at 5:31 PM

Our sincere condolences to Joyce’s family and friends.  She will indeed be missed for her wry sense of humour in telling her heritage stories of growing up in Stonewall!  She will also be missed as part of our extended family and long time family friend.  Rest in peace Joyce. 

Carolyn (Davidson) Brock

May 9, 2024 at 5:31 PM

She was a lovely classy lady.  She was well loved and you have so many memories to share and cherish.


May 9, 2024 at 5:30 PM

Condolences to the many family members  of Joyce Rose. I remember her vibrant personality and good cheer during a golfing outing in Warren MB. She has left a wonderful legacy for all.


May 9, 2024 at 5:22 PM

I had the very good fortune to have known Joyce, though mostly from a distance, for over two decades. Her contributions on disability issues and within the senior’s communities were considerable and very much appreciated. Condolences to her family and loved ones.

Doug Moore

May 9, 2024 at 5:22 PM

A very warm, caring lady. Was a wonderful neighbor when we lived diagonal across from each other. Always interested in the yard and Christmas Light display. She will be missed.

Danielle McLaughlin (Wolowidnyk)

May 9, 2024 at 5:19 PM

Grandma rose was such a wonderful part of my growing up. I loved her so much and am so happy to have known her almost the entirety of my life. Such a beautiful welcoming soul that I was blessed to introduce my family too ❤️❤️ the earth was fortunate to have her on it for 97 years. 


May 9, 2024 at 5:12 PM

Such a lovely lady, intelligent, feisty, fun loving and funny!

Always so fashionably chic.

She live life to the fullest.

We always enjoyed her company and will be so missed.

R.I.P. Joyce. 💕

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