It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Joy Lightfoot (Zillwood) our loving, vibrant, and youthful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed away peacefully on April 16, 2011.
She will be lovingly remembered by husband and loving companion, Ed, sons Chris (Eileen), Keith (Debbie), David (Della), grandchildren Matthew, Olivia, Thomas, Chloe, Kevin and great-grandchildren Phoebe and Harriet, as well as stepchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends near and far.
Predeceased by parents (Fred and Gladys), brother (Fred), sister (Eileen) and son (Tony), husbands (Guy and George).
Joy was a gift to all, enjoying a full life, and spreading her warmth, kindness and inspiring enthusiasm for life to everyone she knew and met.
She was born in London, England on April 23rd, 1926. Highlights of England life included: wonderful childhood with best friend/brother, Fred; serving in the Royal Army Ordinance Corp in WW2 (driving trucks and ambulances); marriage and the birth of her first 2 sons.
In 1958, the family moved to Canada (Richmond/Vancouver), where she had 2 more sons. Joy served as Executive Housekeeper at VGH and GF Strong Hospitals for over 20 years, successfully balancing family and career.
After raising her sons, Joy was blessed with a long fullfilling retirement as a “recycled teenager” (White Rock/Chilliwack), including winters in Yuma, dancing, gardening, reading, and spending time with the Lord. She also served in the Legion, Kiwanis and her church.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Chilliwack Hospital for their kindness and support.
Joy (and her laugh, smile and hugs) will be greatly missed.
Memorial to be held Tuesday, April 26th at Vedder Golden Legion Branch 280, 5661 Vedder Road. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.