Joyce Lorraine Fawcett
RN BA Nursing
March 31, 1958 – December 12, 2018
It is with great sadness, yet relief, that the family of Joyce Fawcett of Winchester announces her passing on Wed., Dec. 12, 2018 at Winchester District Memorial Hospital with family by her side.
She was born on March 31, 1958 to her parents, Allison and Jean Fawcett, the fifth of seven children. She was educated at area schools then entered the nursing program at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall in 1976, graduating from there in June 1978. She later took night courses, and then a sabbatical from her job to finish her B.A. in Nursing in the 1980s. She worked part-time in 1978 in various areas of Winchester District Memorial Hospital, then, took permanent employment there in 1979.
Joyce fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a career nurse. She worked in pediatrics, was head nurse on the second floor, worked as a supervisor, and in the nursing office, and finally retired as manager of systems at the age of 56, four years ago. She also worked for a few years at Saint Elizabeth, Bayshore as a home care co-ordinator.
Independent and strong-willed, she was not always popular but her no-nonsense approach and decisive ways, along with a strong work ethic, stood her in good stead for an often-difficult job. As she said, she didn’t have to have her own way, but preferred it. Given her last name, her siblings feel this last trait could be genetic.
Joyce moved from the family farm in the early 1980s, first to an apartment, then her own home. She moved to Greely for a time then back to 36 Christie Lane in town.
She was always interested in the farm and dairy cattle – having been a keen 4-H member. We felt she never really left the farm, but took it with her.
In retirement, she helped with catering and worked at Dr. Burke’s office.
Joyce enjoyed reading, relaxation, CNN, and took much enjoyment from an orphaned kitten from the farm that she raised and fussed over. They were a perfect match.
As a child, Joyce never liked to be alone when she was sick, and, as her illness progressed, by the grace of God and four caring sisters, she never was.
She spent nine weeks at home with round-the-clock care until her pain became unmanageable on Dec. 8.
Left to mourn are her father, Allison; sisters Marjorie Smith of Mariatown, Myrna Doornwaard (Bert) of Winchester, Nora Brown (Gary) of Lombardy, Helen Thomson (Don) of Martintown; brothers Hugh (Dianne) of Winchester, and David (Sandra) of Winchester. She was predeceased by her mother, Jean Fawcett, in May 2013.
As per her wishes, there was no visitation, but a private graveside service was held Sat., Dec. 15, and burial of cremated remains in the family plot at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
Donations in Joyce’s memory to the Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
The arrangements were entrusted to Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain.
Online condolences may be made at www.byersfuneralhomeinc.com