August 20, 1965 – November 19, 2020
It is with much sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the Lord has called home our dearest Daughter, Sister, Auntie and Friend, Joy Perry on the morning of Nov 19th, 2020, at the age of 55.
Joy was born in Red Deer, Alberta and raised on the family farm near Delburne. She graduated from Delburne Centralized High School and then went on to attend Mount Royal College in Calgary. Joy made Calgary her permanent home but enjoyed returning to visit the farm whenever she could.
Joy loved to meet new people and was delighted to be selected in high school to attend the Terry Fox Center in Ottawa where she met students from across Canada. She loved attending Christian camps in the summer and was active in Youth Group at the Great Bend Church. She loved children and made an early career as one of the best babysitters in Delburne.
Joy started her career as a Switchboard Operator at the Holy Cross Hospital and served in this role for 35 years, adapting to changes in technology, training others, and making many lifetime friends. She proudly retired from Alberta Health Services as a long-term employee in August of this year.
Joy was active in church communities throughout her life, and eventually found her Church- Family at St. Andrew’s United Church in Calgary, where she was a loyal and dedicated member. She volunteered with CUPS (Calgary Urban Projects Society) and with Inn From the Cold as a long-time coordinator, serving enthusiastically and positively for over 25 years combined.
She bravely travelled on her own to Zanzibar, Tanzania where she volunteered at an orphanage, donating funds she had raised to provide necessities for the children living there. Her faith shone brightly through her generosity, kindness, acceptance, and love for others.
Joy inspired so many people through her strength and unwavering determination to live life fully despite the many health challenges she faced. She was not to be underestimated by her small stature as she was fiercely independent and knew what was important to her.
Her strong, loving, and positive attitude was deeply rooted in her Christian faith. She gave selflessly to others and had a soft place in her heart for children, and people in need. She had a quiet sense of humor, and her crystal-blue eyes sparkled when she laughed.
She loved God, Family, Friends, Community, Christmas, Angels, Coffee, Movies and Tom Jackson. She was dearly loved, highly regarded, and will be deeply missed.
Joy was pre-deceased by her loving mother Gail (Snider) Perry. She is survived by her father John Perry and sisters Lisa Scott (Chris Jones), Shelly Perry, and Sandra (Trevor) Ferguson. She adored her nieces and nephews Haley, Shaymas, Amy and Kashton.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a private service on December 5, at 1:30 pm. The service will be live streamed for all who would like to attend. Please join us live or watch the recording at a later time by following this link: https://youtu.be/KAWs-WOFW1Y.
Donations can be made to St. Andrews United Church in Joy’s name at www.andychruch.org.
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