It is with mixed emotions that we announce the passing of Joan Schofield of Devon, Alberta on March 29, 2018 at the Devon General Hospital; beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother (GG). We rejoice for her knowing that she is free from the pain and limitations of this mortality, but we are sad at the thought of going on without her.
Joan was born in the summer of 1940 to Eugen and Thelma Syvertsen in a little cabin in Buck Lake, Alberta. Her father owned a sawmill and moved his family from place to place where timber was available. The family settled in Quesnel, BC when Joan was a teenager and her parents became friends with Les and Louise Schofield. Les and Louise happened to have a good looking son named Ray who could dance really well. Joan caught his eye and soon they found themselves in love and making wedding plans. They were married August 9, 1958.
Joan and Ray traveled around following work that Ray could get until they eventually settled on their homestead by Spirit River, Alberta in the Blueberry Mountain community in 1966.
They raised their three children there and Joan involved herself in the community while her husband spent the winters working up north in the oil patch. Joan was very artistic and a gifted teacher of the talents she possessed. Joan was an accomplished seamstress and made several wedding gowns, grad dresses, and men’s suits. She taught several young woman to sew and was part of the 4-H sewing club in the community. She loved flowers and created beautiful flower arrangements. Joan started painting when her children began leaving the nest and held art showings where she sold her oil paintings. As an empty nester she found work as a camp cook to supplement her and Ray’s income. She was a very good cook and the guys she cooked for respected her and appreciated her desire to cook what they liked.
Joan was predeceased by her husband Ray of 45 years, her stillborn son Danny, her parents, older sister Grace Kitchen, brother Gary Syvertsen and younger sister Doris Katona. She leaves to mourn her daughter Debbie (Lawrence), Daughter Colleen, and son David (Louise), her 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. As well as her brothers and sisters Don Syvertsen, Elsie Kenney, Jim Syvertsen, and Joy Seymour.
Funeral services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Devon, AB on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 11:00 and a service and internment at Blueberry Mountain, AB on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Devon Hospital Foundation.
A heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Devon Hospital who went out of their way to assure mom’s comfort and gave her family the support to make it through the difficult days.