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Obituary of Joyce Elliott
Myrna Joyce Elliott (nee Chaulk) November 29th, 1937 – February 22nd, 2023
It is with great sadness but even greater love that the family of Myrna Joyce Elliott, wife of the late L. Ralph Elliott (2020), announces her passing at the York Care Nursing Home on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023.
Born on November 29th, 1937 (85) in Newfoundland, Mom was predeceased by: her parents Bond & Julia Chaulk; her first husband Noel Cole and her husband of 56 years L. Ralph Elliott; as well as siblings Winnifred Roberts (George, deceased), Bertha Gosse (Charlie, deceased), Jack Chaulk (Maxine) and Scott Chaulk and her son Keith Cole.
Left to mourn with loving memories are her children Jeff Cole (Sylvia Meade), Paul Elliott (Jennifer) and Tracey Bujold (John); her sister Pearl Nichols (Ray, deceased); and, seven wonderful grandchildren, Alysha Tompkins (Morgan), Kathleen Elliott (Clark), Malcolm Bujold (Emma), Robert Elliott, Keith Cole (Margaret), Isaac Bujold and Elliott Bujold.
Mom was loved by all who met her. People from all walks of life knew her as a wife, mother, sister, grandma, Aunt Joyce, friend, Nana Joyce, or Mama from Mama’s Pub. She gave each of her grandchildren a trip of a lifetime when over several successive years, she took a different one of them on a vacation to her hometown in Newfoundland and treated them like they were the most important person in her life… and to her, they were. Mom was especially proud of her special friendship with Dale Hynes who fondly thought of her as Mudder!
You couldn’t know Mom without knowing of her love for Newfoundland. Her spirit and enthusiasm for her life and family on the Rock made you want to go there! Mom cared for many pre-schoolers and elementary age children over several years, many of whom stayed in touch with their beloved Nana Joyce even as young adults. Many wouldn’t know that for a few years, Mom was employed as an assistant librarian at the Smythe Street Elementary School where she continued her lifelong love of helping and fostering young people.
Always up for a challenge, Mom jumped into the food and beverage business in 1994 when she and her family purchased Mama’s Pub & Eatery and ran it for almost 12 years. Even in recent times, people would often reach out to us and say: “We know your Mom from Mama’s Pub – we loved her!”
Mom‘s ability to adapt and take on new roles when her family needed her to was nothing short of amazing! But more than anything Mom was a home care provider, cook extraordinaire, supporter and devoted wife, mother, and grandma to her family.
The family would like to offer its sincerest appreciation to Dr. Irrinki and all the staff at the York Care Nursing Home.
Visitation will take place at the York Funeral Home in Fredericton from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Sunday, February 26th. The funeral will take place at 2:00pm Monday, February 27th, at the Nashwaaksis United Church on Main Street, Fredericton. A private burial service for family and invited guests will take place at the Young’s Cove United Church at a later date.
Donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s NB.