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Mary Joyce Johnston

Mary Joyce Stewart/Johnston, a beautiful girl born on March 7th, 1926, in London, England, lived a remarkable life filled with adventure. Despite surviving the great bombings of London during World War II, she narrowly escaped a potential tragedy when an undetonated bomb passed through her bed while she sought shelter in a bomb shelter, just before she started a family with her husband Marvin Stewart. Taking a chance on love, she boarded the Queen Mary with numerous War Brides and embarked on a journey to Canada, eventually settling in Fredericton, N.B., where she became the proud mother of four children. Tragedy struck when Marvin unexpectedly passed away, but after years of grieving, her path took her to Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, where she met her second love, Morley Johnston, and together they enjoyed a fulfilling life on a wheat farm for over 35 years until Morley’s recent passing. Embracing the adventure of life, Joyce learned new skills such as harvesting wheat, driving trucks, and tending to farm animals, while cherishing the land she came to adore. Following Morley’s death, she relocated to Spruce Grove, Alberta, to be closer to her children and spent many joyful years with her western family. In the final chapter of her inspiring journey, Joyce peacefully passed away at the age of 97 on July 22nd, 2023, at the Stony Plain Care Centre. We express our heartfelt gratitude to the exceptional staff at the Centre for their unmatched devotion and care for Joyce. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, we remember her as a loving presence in the lives of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, leaving behind an enduring legacy. In honor of her most cherished place, Joyce’s life will be celebrated in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, where she will rest beside her beloved husband Morley.

Born on March 7th, 1926, in London, England, Mary Joyce Stewart/Johnston’s life was an unforgettable adventure. During World War II, she miraculously survived the bombings in London and narrowly escaped a close call when an undetonated bomb passed through her bed. Her life took a new turn when she married Marvin Stewart, a war veteran, shortly after the war. Together, they boarded the Queen Mary alongside other War Brides on their way to Canada. Fredericton, N.B. became their new home, where they raised their children Stephen, Gary, Linda, and John. Tragedy struck when Marvin passed away unexpectedly. Following years of grieving, Joyce embarked on a new journey and found love once again in Morley Johnston, a wheat farmer. Together, they spent 35 plus glorious years on the farm, where Joyce embraced rural life, mastering skills like harvesting wheat and tending to animals. With Morley’s passing, Joyce moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta, to be closer to her children, enjoying the company of her western family. Eventually, Joyce found her final home at the Stony Plain Care Centre, where she peacefully passed away at the age of 97 on July 22nd, 2023. The exceptional care provided by the Centre’s staff is deeply appreciated. Joyce’s adventurous spirit extended to her dedication and love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, leaving a lasting legacy. As we bid farewell, Joyce’s life will be celebrated and honored in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, her most treasured place, where she will rest alongside her beloved husband Morley.

On March 7th, 1926, in London, England, a beautiful baby girl named Mary Joyce Stewart/Johnston was born, marking the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Throughout her life, she encountered numerous adventures and triumphed over challenges. Despite surviving the devastating bombings during World War II, she narrowly avoided a potential tragedy when an undetonated bomb passed through her bed. A spirit of resilience and curiosity guided Joyce’s path, leading her to embrace new chapters in her life. After saying “yes” to Marvin Stewart, a young Canadian war veteran, they embarked on a voyage aboard the Queen Mary, joining other War Brides to Canada. Fredericton, N.B. became their new home, where they raised their children and embarked on the joys and trials of parenthood. However, their journey took an unexpected turn when Marvin passed away suddenly. Joyce’s grieving process eventually led her to Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, where she found love anew in Morley Johnston, a true lover of the land and a wheat farmer. For over 35 years, they thrived together on the farm, where Joyce learned the art of harvesting wheat, driving trucks, and tending to farm animals. Following Morley’s passing, Joyce continued her adventure by moving to Spruce Grove, Alberta, to be closer to her children. The warm embrace of her western family brought her many years of joy. Eventually, her final destination became the Stony Plain Care Centre, where she peacefully departed at the age of 97 on July 22nd, 2023. The Center’s dedicated staff demonstrated unparalleled care and devotion to Joyce, and their efforts are profoundly appreciated. As we mourn Joyce’s passing, we find solace in celebrating her life, filled with love and precious memories shared with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Her legacy will forever endure, and in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, her most cherished place, we will come together to honor her extraordinary life, as she reunites with her beloved husband Morley.

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