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Born: Jun 11, 1952

Date of Passing: Feb 20, 2023

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June 11, 1952 – February 20, 2023

It is with profound sadness and a lifetime of wonderful memories that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend, Joyce Okrainec, at the age of 70 on February 20, 2023, with her son by her side, at St. Boniface Hospital.
Joyce will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter Rebecca, son Marshall (Jackie) and their dad Ken, honorary grandchildren, Irish, Tydus and Riggs and grandpuppies, Bauer and Daisy Mae. She is also survived by her brother Rob (Cindy), nephew Brian, cousin Diane (Dale) and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Frances.
Joyce was born on June 11, 1952 in Winnipeg, MB, where she was raised. She graduated from nursing in 1974, the last class to graduate from Winnipeg General Hospital. Her 40 plus year career took her all over the hospitals from the surgical field to emergency but the last 30 plus years were spent in the Eye Surgery Department at Misericordia.
Joyce touched so many with her smile, her laugh and her big heart. She was always there to listen, unless the Jets were on then she was pretending to listen. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments. She will be missed dearly; our hearts are broken.
We would like to send out a special thank you to Herb and Iris Andrusyshyn for your visits and calls throughout the last nine months and for being there at the end for us. To the staff on the 5th floor ACCU for their compassion and care during our difficult 48 hours, and to River Ridge 2 and the ladies (you know who you are) you made Mom feel at home in a strange place and we are truly grateful for that.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. We encourage anyone who would like to participate in Joyce's celebration to wear their favourite Jets gear (with the exclusion of hats). If you knew one thing about her it was her love for the Jets and #26.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Joyce's name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

You can only have one mother,
loving, kind and true,
No other friend in all the world will
be so true to you.

For all her loving kindness,
she asked for nothing in return.
If all the world deserted us,
to our mother we could turn.

For those of us who have a mother,
treasure her with care,
For you will never know her value
till you see that she's not there.

To hear her voice, to see her smile,
to sit and talk with her a while,
To be together in the same old way,
would be our dearest wish today.
Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 25, 2023

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Ken, Marshall, Rebbeca, Rob, and families and friends: This is sad. Don't know why I clicked on Winnipeg obits (very rare). Joyce is my cousin. Her parents, Aunt Fran and Uncle Bill, always treated me as family, growing up. Francine and I were privileged to have had you take time out of your vacation, years ago, to spend time with us in Kelowna. I also was the recipient of your hospitality years later while attending an Elmwood High School reunion. Thank you. We wish to acknowledge Joyce's extreme contributions to the medical community. If you play sports or work at a physical job it's not if you need, but when you'll need my cousin's expertise, compassion, and skills. Always in our hearts. RIP. Fish & Francine (Mauritius Island, S. Africa) - Posted by: Al Fisher (Cousin) on: Mar 23, 2023

  • The service was lovely. You did your mother proud. Lot of fond memories about her many crafts, baking and beet borscht. Every time she made it, she would bring a bowl of it to work for me. Rest in peace, my friend. We all made 70 years! Now there are only two of us left. - Posted by: Milli Laing (Coworker) on: Mar 03, 2023

  • Joyce and I met in ICU. Initially when she would float to my area. We ended up working together in post op recovery and pre op assessment clinic where Joyce retired. She was a compassionate, kind and caring nurse to all her patients. Joyce always had a hello and how are you when you met. She is sadly missed. Sheree Hibbs. - Posted by: Sheree hibbs (Coworker) on: Feb 26, 2023

  • I was so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. I worked with Joyce on and off for nearly 3 decades! The first thing I remember about Joyce is her often making reference to our “extra lovely bodies!” The next thing that immediately jumps to my mind is after Joyce finished eating she always had a styrofoam cup filled with ice chips and she slowly and methodically poured that cup full of ice chips into her diet soft drink. She liked her drink ice cold. Joyce was a great person to work with. She loved her children and her children’s friends. She will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Cheryl McAdam (Former co-worker) on: Feb 26, 2023

  • Marshall and Becky, please accept my sincere condolences. Your mom was a very special woman and holds a special place in my heart. She was so very proud of you both. I have many great memories of your mom but most especially how she helped to celebrate my wedding, from surprising me at my bridal shower to the amazing album she made for me and most of all, attending my wedding 10 days after she had a heart attack. I will always remember her smile. - Posted by: Arlene Merrick (friend) on: Feb 26, 2023

  • I am so sorry and surprised to hear of Joyce’s passing. I met her during the nurses strike at the Sherbrook Inn and we became friends. She was an excellent nurse and very generous - bringing baking, etc. Besides the Jets, you two were her world. Hugs to Becky and Marshall and family. Elly Janzen - Posted by: Elly Janzen (Friend) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing . Haven’t connected in years but remember her as a very kind hearted person ~ condolences to Ken Becky and Marshall - Posted by: Florence Allard (Friend) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing . Haven’t connected in years but remember her as a very kind hearted person ~ condolences to Ken Becky and Marshall - Posted by: Florence Allard (Friend) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • Joyce was part of the church youth group I attended as a teen. She always was taking pictures and in fact I have an album that she made for me when I got married - pictures of showers and the wedding. When we were 19 she and I went, in my Dad's car, on a road trip to Duluth and Minneapolis. It was the first time either of us had ventured off in a car and of course, we had car trouble, but miraculously an uncle of mine came along and helped us out. Although I lost contact with her in recent years, I know she was incredibly proud of her daughter and son. She was a support for many people throughout her career and to me, her friend. I send my love to her family. - Posted by: Claire Sutton (friend) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • Our deepest condolences to Joyce’s family and friends from the Winnipeg General/Health Sciences Centre School of Nursing Alumni. - Posted by: Bev Laurila (President of the Winnipeg General/Health Sciences School of Nursing Alumni) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • Rebecca and Marshall, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was one of the kindest, genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting at Maple Leaf school. I hadn't seen her in several years but ran into her in the last couple of years. She made me feel so welcome and made me feel like she was really happy to see me. I know you will miss her very much. Your wonderful memories of her will help you get through this very, very sad time. Your mom was so proud of both of you. Rest in peace, Joyce. - Posted by: Orysia Daly ( Rebecca and Marshall's Kindergarten teacher) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • My best memory of Joyce was her great smile. Joyce was a willing and able contributor to our nursing team. Condolences - Posted by: Joy Lussier (Nursing colleague) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • My best memory of Joyce was her great smile. Joyce was a willing and able contributor to our nursing team. Condolences - Posted by: Joy Lussier (Nursing colleague) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • We have many fond memories of Joyce from our teenage years together at Faith Bible Camp and at church young peoples' activities. Joyce had a great laugh and a wonderful smile. Joyce always seemed to have a camera in her hand and was great at capturing all of the people and fun times that we had. Joyce had a very kind heart. - Posted by: Ken and Ruth Hayes (Friends) on: Feb 25, 2023

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