Mary Joyce Saxton

(Mary) Joyce Saxton

Wednesday, July 23rd, 1930 - Friday, May 31st, 2019
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Saxton, (Mary) Joyce (née Dampsey)

(Mary) Joyce Saxton was born July 23, 1930 at Davidson, SK to Helen and Stewart Dampsey. As young child she grew up on a farm near Broderick, SK. and later moved to Outlook, SK. She was an avid swimmer and excelled in school. She attended Normal School in Saskatoon. Her teaching career took her to Plenty, SK. There she met Alex Saxton. They were married on July 23, 1953.

Joyce and Alex shared what they believed was their most important job, raising three healthy children. Joyce was a dedicated parent and even recorded the goals and aspirations she had for her children. She always encouraged and inspired them.

Joyce was passionately involved to support and enhance her community. She volunteered at the church, the school, the museum, the rink, the library, through the arts and at any time there was need for help in the community. Joyce possessed a high energy level and became very skilled at sewing, knitting, gardening and as a homemaker. The quantity and quality of her handicrafts was extraordinary. Although she was very humble about her abilities, she earned the Mrs. Chatelaine award in 1961. Joyce and Alex were both passionate readers and enjoyed reading about current events, “how to” books, as well as fact and fiction.

Joyce was the epitome of a lifelong learner and instinctively shared her skills and expertise from teaching swimming at Lake Opuntia to teaching adult education classes in upholstery and wood refinishing, throughout her life.

Joyce and Alex developed a keen interest in travelling for at least 15 years. They enjoyed exploring unusual destinations, such as Nicaragua, Israel and the experience of riding camels in Morocco to name a few. They loved sharing stories of their wanderlust.

Joyce and Alex spent most of their life in Plenty. They left their well-loved community in 1994 to move to Airdrie, AB. Joyce naturally became involved in more volunteer activities at the Airdrie Food Bank, the library, the Blood Donor Clinic, their condo association and at the Seniors Group.

Joyce was widowed in 2000. She continued to live in Airdrie, until 2016 when she moved to Calgary.

On a bright, sunny, early morning of May 31, 2019, with her loving family close by, Joyce passed away peacefully. Joyce Dampsey Saxton was a vibrant woman and enjoyed a full life.

Joyce is survived by:
her daughter Sandy Vigrass (Randy Von Hagen), grandchildren Andrea (Darren) Eng, Adam and Graham (Kylie) Vigrass and great grandchildren Weston and Macklin Eng;
her son Don (Mylene) Saxton, grandchildren Milou (Tom Richards), Ben (Emily), Camille and Dustin (Nadyne) Saxton and great grandchild Lily Crudup;
her daughter Sherry (Bruce) Richards, grandchildren Elizabeth, Will and Ann Richards and her brother, David Dampsey.

Joyce was predeceased by her loving husband, Alex; her parents, and two brothers.

There will be a family celebration to honor Joyce and her extraordinary life

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Canadian Cancer Research or to the Plenty Museum, Box 99, Plenty, SK, S0L 2R0.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Dr. Leonard and the caring staff at Wentworth Manor, Calgary, AB.

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Della Stumborg

Posted at 12:02am
I just learned tonight about Joyce’s passing a few months ago. Your parents were always so warm and welcoming anytime I was with Sherry at your home, and I only have fond memories of each visit I had there. Your Mom was a magnificent homemaker and a wonderful volunteer in the community. They were also great friends to my parents throughout their years in Plenty. The 4 of them did not need to agree with one another to have some very heartfelt and often long discussions, all while maintaining genuine caring and respect for one another. And of course they loved playing bridge together! They were also very generous to our family during some difficult times..
I am sorry that I am not able to attend the get together in Plenty tomorrow. May it comfort you to know that there are many who know and understand the difference your Mom made in the lives of others. My thoughts are with Sandy, Don, and Sherry and your partners and families as you adjust to this significant loss.
Della (Westman) Stumborg

Helen Gilroy Abrey

Posted at 05:58pm
I remember your mother so well as I was growing up. She always seemed to be such a gracious woman and one to be admired in all that she did. I still have the magazine clippings from her Mrs Chatelaine experience and was so thrilled the winter that Lloyd and Ann stayed at your farm while they were away for a few months as I got to visit that lovely home. Both of your parents were wonderful neighbors and gracious people. My deepest condolences to all of you. Helen (Gilroy) Abrey

Dennis and Kim Swan

Posted at 10:56am
Joyce and Alex were great neighbors - always ready to lend a hand, a book, or advice. We have many memories of crazy times with the Saxton’s - from “blow” ping pong matches to extreme Hallowe’en pranks. Hugs to all.

Myrtle Brewster

Posted at 05:22pm
Joyce was a wonderful personnel friend and a great contributor to the Airdrie Over 50 Club.

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