RUSSELL Miss Helen Joy Russell of Victoria passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at the age of 91. Joy was born March 31, 1915 in Red Deer, Alberta. Following high school, Joy attended Camrose Normal School and received a teaching diploma. She also achieved a solo performer diploma – Associate Toronto Conservatory of Music (ATCM) from the Toronto Conservatory of Music. Joy served in the Women's Royal Canadian Navy Service (WRCNS) from 1944 – 1946 and remained active in the Association of Wrens. She attended Ex-Wrens meetings in Victoria and traveled to many reunions. Post War, Joy attended the University of Alberta and attained a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Biology. Joy taught in London, England for 2 years, Ethiopia for 6 years, and Hong Kong for 12 years. Upon retiring from the British Colonial Services, Joy returned to Canada in 1970 where she taught in Terrace, B.C. for a short time. She then moved to Victoria where she taught at the St. Margaret's School until retirement. Joy was a member of the PEO International, a sisterhood whose main objective is to award scholarships to women to pursue higher education. Joy loved to travel and was a member of the University of Victoria travel group. She toured South America, enjoyed many cruises and through her affiliation with the International Federation of University Women traveled to conferences in the Netherlands, New Zealand, California, Helsinki, Japan, and Austria. In her retirement years, Joy took up playing duplicate bridge and she enjoyed traveling to regional tournaments. Joy is survived and fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Emma Russell (Don) of Prince George, B.C. and all her nieces and nephews. Joy was predeceased by her parents Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Russell; sisters – Alta Miell, Eileen Greer and Victoria Ford; and brothers – Donald and Alan Russell. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the University Women's Club of Victoria, Scholarship & Bursary Society, 2720 Somass Drive, Victoria, B.C., V8R 1R8. Condolences accepted at www.firstmemorialfuneral.com.

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