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Elvira "Joyce" Jeffrey
August 22, 1926 ~ November 5, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elvira 'Joyce' Jeffrey (nee Morrison) on November 5, 2023 in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia. Joyce was born on August 22, 1926 in Montreal, Quebec to Joseph Mattioli and Agnes Morrison Roberts.
Joyce was predeceased by her beloved husband Jack Jeffrey, son-in-law Chuck Richardson, her siblings Gloria Boudreau and Jim Morrison, her mother Agnes Roberts and her father Joseph Mattioli.
Joyce is survived by her son Peter (Wendy) and daughter Sheila Sheppard (Roy). She is also survived by her grandchildren Catherine Richardson (Andrew Breen), Christopher (Kristen) Richardson, Ted (Kristi) Richardson and John Jeffrey. She is survived by many nephews, nieces and great nephews and nieces. She is also survived by great grandchildren Jessica, Matthew, Michael Richardson, Samantha Richardson and Molly and Maddie Breen.
Joyce was born in Montreal, 97 years ago, grew up in Sault Ste Marie Ont. but later moved to Toronto where she worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone, until she started her family. She was a stay-at-home mom who could cook the best meals and could knit and sew beautifully. She could smock a little girl’s dress and made all her daughter’s and granddaughter’s smocked dresses. Her butter tarts and Scottish shortbread would melt in your mouth.
Once her family grew, Joyce went back to school to take secretarial courses and then to work as a secretary in the Federal government. For many years she was the secretary to the librarian in the water services library. After retirement, she and Jack retired to Nova Scotia, spending many happy years in Wolfville where they both made many friends and created many wonderful memories.
After moving to Victoria, British Columbia, Joyce and Jack made more friends and enjoyed over 20 years of the pleasant Victoria weather. When Jack died in 2013, Joyce decided to move back to Nova Scotia to be closer to her family. She moved in with her daughter and son-in-law who both cared for her for the rest of her life. She was able to stay at home with her loved ones surrounding her as she departed this life. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at a later date at the family plot in St. Andrew’s East Quebec where she will rest beside her husband. Rest in Peace. Always remembered, forever loved.