Joyce Hope

A photo of Joyce Hope


Celebration of Life
Thursday November 9, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Private family interment to follow

Joyce Patricia Welch passed away November 5, 2017 at Chatham Kent Health Alliance. She was born July 29, 1937, in Blenheim, 80 years ago, daughter of the late Lillian Markey and George Welch. She is predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth Wayne Hope.

Loving wife and mother, loyal friend, community-minded citizen and animal lover, Joyce loved nothing better than to nurture, care and support those nearest and dearest to her. She was raised in Blenheim, but later moved to Guilds and raised a family with her loving husband Ken Hope. Throughout her life, she balanced work as an office assistant at McGeorge Construction and Mallory’s in Blenheim and later as a representative at Sears in Chatham while dedicating time to family life.

Going for drives to the lake, planting gardens in the spring, picnics at the beach with the kids on warm summer days and spending time with her pets, especially her special cat, Lilly, were some of her favorite pastimes. She was an avid reader and loved to share stories and books with her children, grandchildren and friends.

A proud member of the Blenheim and Guilds communities, she participated in UCW, I.O.D.E. and was a leader for United Church Explorers for many years. In later years, Joyce enjoyed time spent visiting with her friends over coffee and interacting with neighbors. She was always a good listener with a smile and a story to share.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Heather and Brian Panchyshak of Windsor, Stephanie and Brad Potier of Lake Orion, Michigan and Stephen and Renée Hope of Blenheim, seven grandchildren, Katelyn and Rachel Panchyshak, Mitchell and Kurtis Potier, Suprina and Brad Bartlett, Krystal Goodison, Tyler and Samantha Goodison, and five great-grandchildren, Miley, Tyrese, Tyzon, Logan and Owen and a brother and sister-in-law Les and Louise Welch of Whitby. She is predeceased by her sister Kathleen Cundle and brother, Art Welch.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate and share stories of Joyce’s life at Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday, November 9th from 1-3pm. As per Joyce’s wishes a cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held after the reception. Those wishing to remember Joyce with a memorial donation, are encouraged to donate to Pet and Wildlife Rescue of Chatham.

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Dear Heather, Stephanie and Stephen. My condolences. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have many memories of your mom and all of you from the Guilds Church. keep your memories close. Your mom was a lovely lady. Blessings. Marcia

Joyce was my grandmas roommate for a short time during both of their hospital stays She was such a sweetheart every visit I was there and I am so very saddened to see that she has left her wonderful family behind Sincere condolences and prayers

Dear Heather, Stephanie, Steve and families, I am sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I live out of the area now and did not know until just now. Please accept my sincere condolences and may you all keep the special memories close for the difficult days ahead. Susan

Dear Stephanie and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and bring you comfort in knowing your dear mom is now in His loving care. Love, Elizabeth Bourne

Saddened to read this news. As an old Sears co-worker Joyce and I had many of conversations along with laughs and always special birthday wishes as we shared the same day. Truly a lovely lady that I am happy I had the pleasure of knowing! My deepest sympathies to all of her family ...

Heather Stephanie and Steve It is with a sadden heart that I send my condolences. Your mother was a pleasure to know. I loved her smile and enjoyed making her laugh. JOYCE You have begun a new journey go in peace and know that you were loved and respected. Thanks for the wonderful moments. You left a mark on my heart. On thursdays coffee will not taste the same.

Heather, Stephanie, Steve and families. Deb and I send our deepest condolences to you all. Your mom was a fantastic woman and all who knew her will say I’m proud to have been her friend. I for one am grateful to have had her be one of my Mom’s growing up. Love you Joyce and thank you for sharing apart of your life with me.

Our sympathies to Joyce's family. Prayers sent to all.. Joyce was a caring person whom we have known for years. Always a smile!... and a softly spoken word....... Don and Anne Gammage

Mom you were our heart and soul we are going to miss you dearly make sure you give Dad a big hug from all of us may you and dads wings surround us forever

Stephen, Heather & Stephanie and families my sympathies to you in the loss of your mother. I worked with her at Mallory's years ago and we always kept in touch. I considered her as a very good friend, we always had our children to talk about. Rest In Peace Joyce. Rose Clayton

So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with the family at this sad time.

So sorry to hear about Joyce. She was a great friend to my mother , from visiting her, driving her places and watching the game shows on tv. She was a constant at the Coffee club and the monthly get-togethers. She will be missed. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

I am so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. Joyce always had a friendly and pleasant smile. I am very glad I had a chance to visit with her on Sunday. You are all in our prayers, Heather, Stephanie, Steve and all your families. May the Lord's hand rest gently on your shoulders to help guide you all through this difficult time.