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Alma Joyce Stadel

March 9, 1936 — November 29, 2021

This tribute of Alma Joyce Stadel is given by her family.  Joyce was born on March 9, 1936 at the Cardston General Hospital the first daughter of John Thomas Dunn and Mary Wheeler Dunn. She spent many a summer day playing on the family farm in Jefferson Alberta and winter days feeding the barn animals in big winter boots.  She proudly earned a penny for every 100 nails she gathered around for her Uncle Gus and Aunt Marge.

Venturing was her essential nature. She always liked to meet new friends including outsiders. She pursued her wild spirit  in her young life.  This eventually gave her courage to leave the small town and move to the big city …Calgary. She planted roots amongst the harsh beginnings of building her talents.  She greeted with her pretty smile and raven hair The Bay shoppers as the elevator bellhop to take her guests to the shopping havens. Eventually she was promoted to the ladies wear.  She started her family which grew to five kids.  As primarily  a single mom she held jobs to build financial stability.  These included waitressing, moving and real estate agent,  while spirited home businesses including Pies of Joy.

Her very first time seeing the ocean was at 50 with her daughters. She tried to not melt when she visited her son and grandchildren in very hot Houston. She moved to Vernon to play with her grandchildren and then later went to Trail and then full circled back to Calgary to be with her middle kids.

Her children Heather, Randy, Elaine, Todd and Tamara remember her big  heart. She is also survived by her grandchildren Matthew, Shayne, and Chantel living in Vernon; Amelia in Calgary; Andrew, Kaitlin, Lindsay and Sydney in the States.

If friends and family so desire, memorial donations may be made in Joyce Stadel’s name to the

Nanaimo Brain Injury Society

O, My Father

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

In the high and glorious place,

When shall I regain thy presence

And again behold thy face?

In thy holy habitation,

Did my spirit once reside?

In my first primeval childhood

Was I nurtured near thy side?

Thou hast placed me here on earth

And withheld the recollection

Of my former friends and birth;

Yet ofttimes a secret something

Whispered, “You’re a stranger here, ”

And I felt that I had wandered

From a more exalted sphere.

Thru thy Spirit from on high,

But, until the key of knowledge

Was restored, I knew not why.

In the heav’ns are parents single?

No, the thought makes reason stare!

Truth is reason; truth eternal

Tells me I’ve a mother there.

When I lay this mortal by,

Father, Mother, may I meet you

In your royal courts on high?

Then, at length, when I’ve completed

All you sent me forth to do,

With your mutual approbation

Let me come and dwell with you
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