Joyce Neilson passed away peacefully at Our Lady of the Rosary Extendicare on April 22, 2022.
She was born in Coronation on July 26, 1931 to Harold and Annie Bedson, joining two older brothers, Edgar and Jim (Susan).
Joyce went to Brownfield School finishing Grade 10 and 11 by correspondence.
At 17 in 1948, she supervised at Imogen School and at 18 she was the last supervisor at Daisy Bank School.
During this time she met a cowboy on crutches.
The following year, she married Paul Neilson on Oct. 21, 1950 and settled on a farm north of Halkirk. There they raised four boys and four girls.
Education was very important to Joyce, intellectually and spiritually, and she instilled the love of learning and of God into her children and grandchildren.
It was never easy packing up eight children for church on Sunday and Thursday to go to church in Halkirk but her and Dad persevered.
She shared her teaching abilities with the beginner’s Sunday School class and sang special numbers in her soprano voice.
When the family started attending church at Castor, she continued teaching the beginner’s class and also became involved in the Women’s Missionary Society, eventually serving as secretary and then president at the District level.
Also, she joined Paul in the Gideons and enjoyed going to meetings and conferences with him.
Joyce fed many threshing crews and was noted for her baking.
She had an amazing memory and was a great storyteller. Once her children were all in school, Joyce taught herself knitting and quilting, making numerous mitts, slippers, toques, quilts and sweaters as the grandchildren came along.
Every grandchild and great grandchild was treasured and she remembered all their birth dates, their favourite baked treats and enjoyed playing games like scrabble with them.
Even when Joyce faced adversity in her life, like her battle with colon cancer in 1986, her faith remained strong, supplemented by Paul’s daily visits.
Moving from the farm into Castor was a big change but Paul and Joyce faced everything together until Paul passed away in 2011, after which her health declined gradually. Even though Joyce suffered with dementia, her faith held fast.
Joyce was predeceased by her loving husband Paul; her son-in-law Clarence Boxma; and her parents and brothers.
She leaves behind her children, Pat (Lyn) Holloway, Wilf (Ruth) Neilson, Tim (Julia) Neilson, Mark (Monica) Neilson, Angie (Clarence) Boxma, Esther (Blair) Mah, Grace (Todd) Hubert, and Eric (Josie) Neilson, as well 24 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
Funeral services were held for Joyce Neilson at the Castor Evangelical Missionary Church on April 30, 2022 with Pastor Brent Siemens and her grandson, Pastor Scott Holloway officiating.
Following the service, Joyce was laid to rest beside Paul at the Castor Legion Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons or the charity of your choice.
Those wishing to pay their respects to the Neilson family may do so by visiting www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com.
Parkview Funeral Chapels were in charge of the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please call 403-882-3141.