Joyce Gardiner

Mrs. Joyce Gardiner

Friday, March 25th, 1927 Friday, September 6th, 2019

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Obituary for Mrs. Joyce Gardiner


Passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019 in her 93rd year. Joyce was the beloved wife of the late Wray Gardiner (October 26/18) of Guelph. She leaves to mourn her two devoted daughters and their families, Nancy McCarvell (Mike McKillop) and Sandra Close (Randy); her beloved grandchildren Andrew McCarvell, Heather Duke (John), Ryan Close (Angele), Shannon Close, and Aaron Close (Jessica); and her adored great-grandchildren Natalie, Allison, Liam, Sonny, Dahlia and Dublin.

Joyce Myrtle McVeigh was born in Toronto on March 25, 1927. She grew up in Georgetown and Acton and was the last member of a large family.

She married her sweetheart in 1949, and she and Wray set up home in Eden Mills. Here she began her true vocation and her greatest joy - her family. She loved unreservedly and was an adored matriarch, best friend, cheerleader and co-conspirator to her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. We will forever miss mom’s unfailing love, sense of humour, quick wit, and the deceptively innocent twinkle in her eye.

Our sincere thanks to everyone at Robins Grove unit of Barnswallow Care Community in Elmira where she spent the past two years enjoying, and entertaining, the wonderful caregivers. Joyce considered these kind people her family.

A celebration of life befitting such a lovely lady will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Eden Mills Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at the adjoining Eden Mills Cemetery. Mom loved flowers, so feel free to bring a sprig from your garden to add to our bouquets. Donations to a charity of your choice are always appreciated.

Cards are available at Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph (519-822-4731) or donations and condolences can be made online at

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    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Eden Mills Presbyterian Church
    County Rd 17
    Eden Mills, Ontario
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    Thursday, September 12th, 2019
    Rev. Karla Wubbenhorst
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 |
    Eden Mills Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019

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The evening staff of Robins Grove and Lynda Kovacs have sent flowers to the family of Mrs. Joyce Gardiner.
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The evening staff of Robins Grove and Lynda Kovacs have sent flowers to the family of Mrs. Joyce Gardiner.
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The evening staff of Robins Grove

We will forever be missing a sparkle on our unit. Joyce is very missed. Thinking of you all.
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The evening staff of Robins Grove purchased flowers for the family of Mrs. Joyce Gardiner.
Comment | Posted at 10:07am via Floral Arrangements

Kathy Bradley

My sincere condolences to the family. Aunt Joyce was my namesake and a sweet-natured lady. Much love,

Kathy Joyce Bradley ❤️
Comment | Posted at 07:11pm via Condolence

Lynda Kovacs

In Fond Memory of Joyce Gardiner. With Love to Her Beautiful Family. XO From Ian/Lynda Kovacs, Matthew/Sarah Leitch, Derek/Becky Chaves.
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Lynda Kovacs purchased flowers for the family of Mrs. Joyce Gardiner.
Comment | Posted at 09:46am via Floral Arrangements

Philip Neville

Condolences to Sandy and Randy and all of Joyce Gardiner’s family.
Comment | Posted at 08:53am via Condolence

Sarah Hilker

What a beautifully written obituary. There is already a sheer emptiness felt on Robins Grove without our beloved Joyce. We are really going to miss her. Sending our sincere condolences and thinking of you all during this time.
Comment | Posted at 08:29am via Condolence

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