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JOYCE LEONE BRIERCLIFFE (published on January 22, 2009)



JOYCE LEONE BRIERCLIFFE On Sunday, January 18, 2009 while sleeping peacefully, Joyce Leone (nee Stroud) Briercliffe, aged 77 years, slipped away to be reunited with her late husband, Bill. She leaves to mourn her passing: daughters, Darien Briercliffe, Transcona; Susan (Clare) Hochhalter, Bismarck, ND; sons, Randy (Susan) Briercliffe, Dugald; and, Bradley (Judy) Briercliffe, Hastings, MN; grandchildren, Noel Clubb, Toronto; Melanie (Matt) Moore of Terrace, BC; Quinn Hochhalter, Bozeman, MT; Cole, Laine and Sam Hochhalter, Bismarck, ND; Creagh Briercliffe, Dugald; and Will Briercliffe, Hastings, MN; great-grandchildren, Macy, Finn and Leif Moore; sister, Dot (Bob) Middleton; brothers, Bill (Shirley) Stroud and Max (Jacquie) Stroud; brother-in-law, Robert (Phyllis) Briercliffe; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Bill, in 2007, and her brother, Keith, and sister, Laverne. Joyce ( Mum ) Briercliffe was born in Ninga, Manitoba on February 23, 1931 to Earl and Betty Stroud. Her early years were spent in Killarney, Manitoba. Mum graduated from Killarney Collegiate in 1949, where she received the prestigious Governor Generals Medal for academic excellence. In 1949, she attended a six-week training session at the Manitoba Provincial Normal School, in Winnipeg, followed by a year of teaching in a one-room school. She returned to Normal School and completed her teacher's education in 1951. Mum taught at Oakridge School near Killarney, and Beatrice School in Anola. Mum met Dad while she was in Anola. They were married July 24, 1952 in the Holy Trinity Church in Winnipeg. Mum and Dad began their married life as the third generation on the Briercliffe family farm in RM Springfield. Mum continued to teach, Dad farmed; and, along the way they had three children. In 1961, Dad went to Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL, while Mum continued to teach school, raise children, and manage the family farm. Upon Dad's graduation, they sold the farm in 1963. Mom and Dad purchased Transcona Funeral Chapel (formerly, Cooks Funeral Home) and moved their young family into the second floor suite of the chapel. Together, they built a new Transcona Funeral Chapel at its present location on Day Street. In 1968, Mum became one of the first female licensed Funeral Directors in Manitoba. She later commented about the challenge of gaining acceptance in a male dominated profession. Mum was a member of the Manitoba Funeral Service Association, the Funeral Service Association of Canada and the Canadian Independent Association. Mum found time for other activities in addition to raising (then) four children and being a full time funeral director, including curling, bridge club, Kiwanis International and, she was a member of the Transcona Memorial United Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. In 1978, Mum and Dad moved back to RM of Springfield. Mum was involved with the Dugald Costume Museum and over time became a lifetime board member of the Museum. Mum was raised in a musical home. She and her sisters would sing harmony, whenever they found themselves close to a piano. Mum and Dad were great dancers. In younger years, they frequently went to the community dances in Monominto, and in later years to dances at weddings and dos'. In 2002, Mum and Dad enjoyed a Last Dance during a 50th wedding anniversary celebration among family and friends. During her lifetime, Mum was generous with her time and thoughtful toward others. She was a patron of the finer things of life. She appreciated paintings by local artists, the heritage of antiques, theatre and good books. Mum and Dad returned to Transcona in 2006, when Dad became ill. She enjoyed working at the Funeral Chapel with her children until Dad's health required her presence, full time. Mum became ill herself, not long after Dad passed. She had hoped to beat her illness so she might travel to visit family, a rare luxury when she was managing the Chapel. Unfortunately, hers was an aggressive illness, and Mum soon became housebound. Many Thanks are extended to Olga, from Palliative Care, and Rebecca and other ladies from the We Care Program, all of whom made it possible for Mum to stay at home during her illness. A special note of Thanks to Mum's neighbours: Sheryl who tended the garden and to Mary for being a good listener. We know it was time for Mum to go; and, we know Dad was waiting for her. We loved you Mum. We will miss you. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 710 Roanoke Street with Rev. Jeff Cook and Rev. Carol Fletcher officiating. Interment to follow at Transcona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Transcona Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.


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