September 22, 1941 – January 21, 2021
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Joyce Ethel Beath (Johnson nee Hamel), 79, who passed away at her home on January 21, 2021, surrounded by family.
Joyce was born in Mission, B.C. September 22, 1941 and was the oldest daughter of Mary and Alfred (Fred) Hamel. The Hamel family moved to Williams Lake in 1952 where her dad started up a sawmill.
Joyce married Cliff Johnson in 1959 and had three children, Guy, Judie and Barb. Joyce was a pioneer as a woman in business. She started Johnson Trailer Supplies (Johnson’s RV) in the early 70’s and was the first woman to serve on the executive of the RVDA. After selling the business in 1984 to Chemo RV, she moved to Abbotsford where she was a manager at the flagship Fraserway RV for 15 years.
During this time, Joyce met Dave Beath and they started a life of fun and adventure enjoying over 20 years of wintering at their home in Yuma AZ and summers at their home in Williams Lake. One of Joyce’s proudest final achievements was winning the Cocopah Ladies Gold Club championship. Joyce loved to host dinner parties and was an amazing cook, who shared her recipes freely.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Dave Beath, her children, Guy (Donna) Johnson, Judie (John) Hales, Barb Johnson, Jason (Lita) Beath and Nicole Beath.
Joyce had a special place in her heart for her seven grandsons, Matthew (Erin) , Derek (Justine), Christopher (Cynthia), Cameron (Kassidy), Codey, Riley (Shea) and Brenden (Karli) as well as 15 great grandchildren and she is also survived by her siblings, Joan (Mel) Beckman, Rick (Cathy) Hamel, and Fred (Virginia) Hamel.
In lieu of flowers the family appreciates donations to The Canadian Cancer Society.
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