Obituary for Joyce Esther Grace Fern
Joyce Esther Grace Fern was born March 30, 1929 in Ituna, Saskatchewan to Allen and Emmaline Tupper. At a young age, she moved with her family to Golden Ridge, Saskatchewan. Her family were an integral part of the farming community in the area while she was growing up. She took her schooling in Golden Ridge and had a real love of learning and reading which she enjoyed her entire life. In time she caught the eye of David Fern and on June 10, 1946, they were married. They had a long and successful 71 years of marriage. Joyce and Dave started out their married life in Golden Ridge where they had their first four children – Brian, Larry, Gail and Joy. They eventually moved to Cold Lake, Alberta where their next three children were born – Doug, Randy and Trevor. Dave worked as a carpenter and Joyce was a good homemaker and mother. She had a knack for making a house warm and cozy. Job opportunity was the reason they moved to Vancouver Island in 1966 and settled in Nanaimo. Joyce and Dave loved the island and made many friends there. In 1974 they moved to Newfoundland and spent 4 years where they had countless interesting experiences and stories. They also made many friends in Newfoundland which they still have contact with today. Joyce loved people and was very helpful with many young ones. 1978 brought them back west where they settled in Golden Ridge. They became a part of the community again and extended themselves in showing hospitality to everyone. The door was always open and the coffee was always on! As time moved on, they came to live in Maidstone. Again, their door was always open to anyone who wanted to drop in. Joyce always took a real interest in people and rarely forgot anyone she had met. She was kind and giving, always providing a space at the table for anyone who dropped by. She had many interests which included reading, gardening, painting, music, puzzles and of course, sewing. Her famous ‘potholders’ have made it on every continent in the world, including Antarctica.
The most important part of her life started on July 7, 1942, when Joyce dedicated her life to Jehovah God and was baptized in the Beaver River. She spent the rest of her life telling others about God’s kingdom which will soon replace all other kingdoms on the earth. Her hope, in God’s time, is to be resurrected and live forever on the earth in paradise. She believed that the paradise will be here very soon and she looked forward to seeing her loved ones again.
She is predeceased by: her parents, Allen and Emmaline; her son, Brian; her brother, Clifford (Joan); and many other family members who were close to her.
Joyce is survived by: her husband, David; her son, Larry (Pat); her daughter, Gail (Jim); her daughter, Joy; her son, Doug (Shirl); her son, Randy (Cheryl); her son, Trevor; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her brother, Orby (Julia); her sister, Louetta; as well as countless relatives and dear friends she has “collected” during her lifetime.
Joyce was a good wife, a wonderful mother, a loving grandmother and a great friend to those who were fortunate enough to have her friendship. She will be dearly, dearly missed so much!