Joyce Weber

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Joyce Juanita was born Wednesday, March 21, 1928 in Allandale to John Thomas (1881 - 1964) and Lucille “Maude” (Baer) Gibbons (1904 - 1953). Together, John and Lucy raised eight children. Lucille was born in 1926, followed by John “Jack” (1927), Joyce, Clifford (1929), Robert “Bob” (1930), Calvin (1931), Ruth (1933), Loretta (1935) and Charles “Gregory” (1936).

Joyce attended both public and high school in Allandale, near Barrie. However, by the age of sixteen Joyce had entered the workforce and was working as a teller at the Royal Bank in Barrie. It was during this time that Joyce was introduced to Jim Richardson. The two were later married and soon welcomed children, Greg (1952), Wendy (1953), Sharilee (1958) and Jacqueline "Jackie" (1961). Sadly, Jim died suddenly in 1967 and left Joyce widowed, with four young children.

A year later Joyce was introduced to one Steward Andrew Herman Weber. The two met at their friends’ house party, Kipp and Edith Melanson, in Toronto and soon began dating. They were married at Willowdale United Church in North York on August 23, 1969. Steward was great with the children and the family soon took up residence on Felan Crescent in Rexdale. Joyce continued to juggle the tasks of caring for her young, as well as working at the local Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada. A few years later they moved to Willowdale where they remained until 1978.

In her spare time Joyce loved to knit and knit, knit, knit she did. She made clothing, particularly sweaters, for a variety of family and friends, often giving her creations away. When not busy knitting, she also enjoyed picking up a good book and reading, with Anita Stansfield being one of her favourites. She also enjoyed occupying her time with a little television. Her favourites were The Young and the Restless, Judge Judy, Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal just to name a few. Joyce also liked to shop, buying anything she thought had a purpose, particularly jewellery. She also liked assisting her close neighbour and friend, June, making porcelain dolls. They spent hours together working on the smallest of details to make the finished product look just right. She was also well-known for her baking, particularly with her sons-in-law and grandchildren. Rice pudding, both with and without raisins, was her speciality with butter tarts and pies being a close second. As for her preferences when it came to food, why shrimp and corn on the cob of course. She also enjoyed the occasional rye and Pepsi or glass of wine. Let's not forget that she was also a collector, amassing 400 - 500 (yes, you read that right) salt and pepper shakers, an extensive collection of spoons as well as old watches.

In 1978, Joyce and Steward's work took them north and they settled in Ayton. Here she continued to work at the CIBC in Walkerton until her retirement in the early 90's. When at home, Joyce loved to sit out on the front porch and watch the world go by as well as keeping a close eye on the neighbours! :) Joyce and Steward travelled to both the east and west coast of Canada and often took trips south to Utah and Georgia, to visit their daughters and their families. She had a love for cats and dogs, having her own in her younger years before giving that up and babysitting for others in her later years. When it came to music, she loved Danny O'Donnell, Johnny Cash as well as a variety of hymns.

Joyce was a strong, loving, selfless woman who was modest and down to earth. She had a great personality, whereby she could be saucy, cheeky or maybe just express her quick wit. Her honesty, and the fact that she shot from the hip will live with her family and friends for years to come.

Unfortunately, Joyce had to have some heart surgery in 2012 and this procedure brought on some dementia. Steward continued to care for her at home, with the help of their children, until August of 2018 whereby she fell and broke her hip. It forced her to make her final move to Hanover Care Centre whereby Steward too relocated to Hanover, to offer his love and support. Here she continued to be her normal self, always joking with the staff, until recent weeks when her health declined further. Joyce passed away surrounded by her loving family at Hanover Care Centre on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in her 92nd year.

Beloved wife of Steward. Cherished mother of Greg Richardson (Nicole Ritchie) of Hanover, Wendy (Ray) Sutter of Acworth, Georgia, Jackie (Paul) Leece of Grimsby and mother-in-law of Randall Warner of Alpine, Utah. Joyce will be dearly missed by her thirteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister Ruth Hollywood, as well as sisters-in-law Jo and Beth Gibbons. She was predeceased by her daughter Sharilee Warner (2008), sisters Lucille Metcalfe, Loretta James, brothers Jack, Bob, Clifford, Calvin, Gregory, and her parents John and Maud (Baer) Gibbons.

Visitation will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Sullivan (#682006 Concession 8 – two miles south of Desboro) on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Ayton. A reception will follow the interment at Centennial Hall in Ayton.

Memorial donations to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Alzheimer Society or Diabetes Canada would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Donna Hatten
September 7, 2019
Stewart and family
My sympathy to you and your family. Pray that all your happy memories help you through this sad time.
John & Angela Costa
September 6, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wayne and Dennice Fritz
September 6, 2019
Our sympathies to you and your family
We have fond memories or Joyce
We are away on vacation this weekend and cannot attend.

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