In Loving Memory of
Joyce Iris Melissa Warren
Born: July 29, 1927
Died: April 11, 2021
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce Iris Melissa Warren, at the age of 93, on April 11, 2021, after a brief illness, peacefully and surrounded by family members. Predeceased by her husband Bob Warren, Joyce was the loving mother of Robert (Robin), Kathryn, Jonathan (Eleonor), Peter (Lucille), Christopher, Geoffrey (Glenna Williams), Andrew (Tracey Rintamaki), Carl and Jennifer. She was the loving grandmother of David and Jes Warren, great-grandmother to their daughter Macie, and will also be missed by grandchildren Primo and Bobby. Predeceased by her only sibling, Ronald Adams, she will be greatly missed by the large extended family in which she was so steadfastly involved.
Joyce was deeply committed to the welfare and rights of children, from raising a large family to working as an educational psychologist in communities from the Ottawa Valley to remote northern First Nations communities. She taught special education to new teachers, and hundreds of young lives were touched by her work as a psychometrist, identifying and supporting students with special needs. Between 1980 and 1994, Joyce developed and managed the Cochrane-Temiskaming Infant Development Program. She brought her considerable experience with children and families to counselling, both through long-running columns in The Ottawa Journal and The Timmins Daily Press, and later through her independent family counselling service, The Family Place in Timmins.
In the first half of her life, Joyce raised her family while living at various times in England, the Toronto area, and Ottawa. Later, she established a home in Northern Ontario, for which she developed a deep and abiding love, raising her youngest children on a farm in MacIntosh Springs, and living her final years in Iroquois Falls. Always involved in her local community, one of her last roles was as board member of Community Living. Through her career and commitment to community, Joyce developed many deep friendships. She was a woman who combined a passionate interest in politics and current events with a deep appreciation of the natural world, flowers and animals. She loved the people and the landscape of Northeastern Ontario. An avid reader and astute debater, she also appreciated the whimsical and had a long parade of pets. She was inquiring and curious, informed and opinionated. Her wisdom, humour and conversations will be sorely missed. She fought for what she believed in, and that, very often, was the rights of those who could not fight for themselves. In her last years, she enjoyed a new community and friendships in her building in Iroquois Falls.
As per Joyce's wishes a cremation has taken place. A private family service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. To receive information and notification about a future memorial, please leave contact information at: JoyceWarrenMemorial@gmail.com. As expressions of sympathy, please consider a donation to Anson General Hospital MICS Group (https://www.micsgroup.com/donations/anson-general-hospital/) or to the charity of your choice.
If you wish to visit the Memorial Guest Book in memory of Joyce, please visit irvineandirvinefuneralhome.com
The family extends their thanks and appreciation to the staff at Anson General Hospital for their care and compassion, it is greatly appreciated.
Funeral Arrangements in care of
Irvine & Irvine Funeral Home – Northern Crematorium