Journal Entry: Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:21 PM
My name is Susan and I am one of Joyce's daughters. Being that I am not familiar with navigating in this site, I can only hope that this message reaches those it is intended for. Mom fought courageously, but lost her short battle with cancer on Dec. 11, 2011 after completing her treatment in Vancouver and returning home to the Peace Country she so loved.
While still undergoing treatment in Vancouver, Mom asked me to post a final message, should she be unable to do so, to all her DA friends, a farewell so to speak, and let everyone know she would not be returning.
The deep affection she felt towards many of her DA online friends was apparent during our long conversations while in Vancouver. I would like all of you to know the great pleasure she took working with her photography and corresponding with her friends on this site. After viewing your comments, I would like to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and your very kind thoughts, I know she would have been deeply touched.
Mom was a very private person but I would like to give you a little glimpse into the life of this most extraordinary and much loved woman. Mom loved the Peace River area and often referred to it as 'God's Country'. She would rise to the occasion if anyone tried to convince her there was a better place to live. Mom was an accomplished horsewoman, owning and working with horses all her life. She was her daughter's and grandchildren's trainer and coach at horse shows and could often be seen encouraging them on the sidelines at local shows. She was also a dog lover and for the past five years was seldom seen without her faithful Zeus at her side. Mom was an avid historian and could be found sitting at her computer into the wee hours of the morning researching and compiling family history. She was an artisan, painting with oils and in earlier years, sketching in charcoal or pencil. She loved to decorate elaborate cakes for family occasions. For the past ten years Mom's passion has been photography. Her great love of nature and family can clearly be seen when one views her extraordinary work. She was often seen dipping and diving with her camera slung around her neck amongst the wild flowers, scouring the hills, and hiking mountains for the perfect photo. Her Grandchildren were often her subjects and she always managed to capture those timeless moments. Her artistic talents were limitless.
Mom was fiercely loyal to her family and was not only a beloved and inspiring mother to her six chilren, but a mother to many, many more, including her foster children for many years. Her love and inspiration will be greatly missed.
Being that I don't know exactly where this message is going to post to, I will try to post it to another area in Mom's site. My hope is to reach as many of her cherished friends as possible.
Again, thank you to all for your very caring, thoughtful comments posted on this site.
Listening to: Dixie Chicks
Reading: 'puter' screen
Watching: My computer screen.
Drinking: green tea and lemon