January 10th, 1952 – November 17th, 2019
JOYCE B. THOMAS
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Joyce on Sunday, November 17th, 2019.
Joyce is survived by her son Mark; daughter Cathryn (Anthony) and sister-in-law Joyce Newcombe.
Joyce was predeceased by her loving husband Bruce; father Harry Malone; mother Blanche Malone; brother Ken Malone; sister Shirley Seidel; brother-in-law Jim Thomas and sister-in-law Jean Thomas.
Joyce was a loving wife and mother; her love for her family knew no bounds. Joyce always put the needs of Bruce, Mark and Cathryn before herself and worked hard to ensure that they were always safe and taken care of; never asking for anything in return. She was at her happiest when spending time with those she loved.
Joyce grew up in Woodlands, MB and at the age of 16 moved to Winnipeg to attend the School of Nursing at the Winnipeg General Hospital, which she graduated from in 1972. Upon graduation, Joyce moved to Los Angeles, California to work for 2 years, before returning to Winnipeg in 1974 to work at the Health Sciences Center in the M.I.C.U.. In 1975, Joyce graduated from the I.C.U. course.
It was in 1976 that she went to St. Boniface General Hospital to work in the S.I.C.U.. In 1977, Joyce took on the position of Head Nurse at the Misrecordia General Hospital. She returned to St. Boniface General Hospital in 1979 where she took on the position of I.C.U. Educator. In 1981, Joyce became the Director of Emergency at the Victoria General Hospital. In 1982, Joyce returned to the St. Boniface General Hospital and became the Head Nurse of the M.I.C.U. and C.C.U. units, a position she held until 2002. It was in 2002 where Joyce became the Program Team Manager of the Cardiology Program at the St. Boniface General Hospital, where she played a vital role in developing St. Boniface into one of the premier cardiac hospitals in Canada. Joyce retired from St. Boniface in 2014. Upon retirement she took on a casual position at the Victoria General Hospital in the M.I.C.U., officially calling it quits in 2017 when the Emergency department at the hospital was shut down.
A passionate and selfless woman, fearless leader, brilliant educator, mentor and influential force, Joyce touched the lives of everyone she met. She stood up for what she believed in and was admired for her commitment to her staff and patient care.
Joyce made many life-long friends throughout her illustrious career, some of whom who became her extended family. She loved them all dearly and stayed in regular contact with many of them up until her passing.
With a work ethic like no other, Joyce took pride in the many projects she completed around her home and cottage. When not working on a project, Joyce enjoyed spending time with her lake friends in Sandy Bay and Victoria Beach, going for long walks with her grand dogs and travelling to Mexico, Arizona and the Caribbean.
We’ll miss her larger than life personality, her sense of humor and her beautiful smile. She was our bright light and our world will miss her.
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A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29th, 2019, at the Masonic Memorial Temple, located at 420 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, MB.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Joyce’s name to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Cardiac Patient Care, would be greatly appreciated.
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