Joyce Muriel Attwell (nee Parkinson) October 31, 1917 - October 29, 2013 One year to the day that her husband Bert died, Joyce Attwell was called home to be reunited with her Lord and Saviour and with her husband with whom she had shared more than 71 years of marriage. Loving mother to Bonnie Roy, Marilyn McCuaig (Rob), Roger (Lynn), Ruth Wright (Dennis), Nancy Jackson (Peter), Janet Dickinson (Bob) and John, Joyce lived for her family and friends. In addition to her seven children and their spouses, she will be greatly missed by 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Joyce also leaves behind her younger sister Beryl and her husband Harvey who also happens to be a younger brother of Bert. Joyce was predeceased at the age of 13 by her father Robert Keane Parkinson and by her mother Florence May Parkinson (nee Brown) in 1992 at 100 years of age. Born and raised in Toronto, Joyce graduated in 1937 from the Toronto Normal School - the forerunner of today's Teachers' College. Although teaching jobs were scarce, she was ecstatic to get a salaried position with the Toronto Board of Education at a monthly salary of almost $33. In 1939 she met Bert Attwell through the Baptist Young People's Union at Castlefield Baptist Church in Toronto and they were married on May 20th of 1941 - shortly before Bert went overseas to serve as a pilot attached to the RAF. Although Joyce took several years off active teaching in order to raise a family, she continued to be active in the community by helping refugees and teaching English as a second language (ESL) and in the church. Joyce loved to camp! As a teen she worked at Camp Ahmek in Algonquin Park where her Uncle George Chubb served as the financial manager. In her spare time she spent a lot of time in a canoe and even carved her own paddle. Over the years, Joyce loved to spend family vacations camping and going on canoe trips. Family was central to her life and each child, grandchild and great-grandchild was unique, special and loved. But Joyce's love and compassion extended well beyond her family and friends at church. Throughout her life Joyce continued to befriend people that she met. It didn't matter about their ethnicity, their cultural background or their status in the community, Joyce made them feel loved - because she did care for them. She generously supported missions both in the local community and around the world. Her faith was also an important part of her life and it was a rare day when she didn't pray for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and any spouses, as well as for many other needs in the community and the world. She loved to spend time reading her Bible. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 1st at the Harris Funeral Home at 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The funeral will be at First Baptist Church, 568 Richmond Street London on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 beginning at 10 am. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery. A reception/lunch will follow at 12 noon at the Harris Funeral Home. The family extends their appreciation to the staff at Chelsey Park in London where she resided for most of the last decade of her life, and for the staff at Winston Park in Kitchener where she lived for the final few months of her life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Joyce's memory can be made to one of the charities suggested by Joyce - The Sharing Way c/o the Canadian Baptist Missions or the Canadian Blind Mission (CBM) - or the charity of your choice.
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