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Joyce Ballendine

May 31, 1936

July 6, 2023

Joyce Ballendine, a resident of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2023 at the age of 87. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Joyce was the oldest child of Michael and Katherine Shostak, who had immigrated from the Ukraine in 1930. Growing up, Joyce developed a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, guided by her parents’ teachings on the importance of family and loyalty. She had two siblings, Len and Ken, who preceded her in death.

In 1958, Joyce married Gerry Ballendine, her lifelong partner. Together, they embarked on a new journey and eventually settled in Calgary in 1972, accompanied by their two children, Jo-Anne (Ken) King and Derek (Bella) Ballendine. Joyce was an exceptional mother to her kids and a doting grandmother to her three beloved grandchildren, Jeremy King, Mali King, and Daniel Ballendine.

Joyce’s unwavering dedication was demonstrated when Gerry was diagnosed with ALS in 1985. She took on the role of his primary caregiver, providing him with unparalleled care and support until his passing in 1992. Prior to becoming a caregiver, Joyce had worked as an executive assistant in the oil and gas industry. However, she made the selfless decision to retire in 1985 and focus solely on her husband’s care.

Joyce’s family will always hold cherished memories of her close to their hearts. Her presence will be deeply missed, but her legacy of love and devotion will endure. Those who wish to express their sympathies to the family may do so by visiting the website: http://www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.

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