It is with extreme sadness that the family of Joyce Crescentia (nee Jurgens) Bay, 68 years of Humboldt, announces her peaceful passing at her residence on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Joyce was born on January 29, 1951 to Fred and Marie (Lange) Jurgens, the third oldest of six children. She attended Early Dawn Country School in her early years and the remainder of her schooling in Watson. Joyce attained her Nursing Assistant Certificate from Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1970. She then completed her practicum in Melville and worked in the Lanigan Hospital. Following this, Joyce met the love of her life, Ted Bay. They were married on September 1, 1970 in Edmonton. He was her rock who she shared everything with. They were an excellent team. After her marriage to Ted, she worked at the Humboldt Clinic. Shortly thereafter she took time from work and stayed home to raise her children. Family meant everything to her and she didn’t want to miss a moment away from them. After her children were independent, she returned to the Humboldt Clinic. After the Humboldt Clinic, she was employed with Canada Post for 20 years. As a family, they went on many summer vacations camping throughout Saskatchewan and Western Canada. Ted and their children always came first for Joyce. She always had a very close and loving relationship with her siblings. She spent many memorable times together with her sisters. Joyce loved trying new recipes, baking and decorating birthday cakes for her grandchildren. Her life became complete with the addition of grandchildren. Joyce and Ted spent much time with their beloved grandchildren despite the distance between them. Joyce enjoyed gardening and took great pride in her potted flowers and manicured yard. She loved to bird watch and took great joy in the beautiful song of a robin or the sighting of a hummingbird or finch. Joyce was an avid bird watcher researching online and identifying birds she was not familiar with. Joyce and Ted spent many winter vacations in Mexico. These trips were usually with friends or family which always ensured a great time. She loved her motorcycle excursions with Ted. They made many trips to the USA and throughout Canada. Joyce had three loves - her family, especially her grandchildren, her beautifully manicured yard and the sights and sounds of birds in her garden. These brought much peace and joy to Joyce’s life. Joyce was always friendly, welcoming, caring and very seldom did you see her without her wonderful smile. Her grandchildren stated that she had the “warmest hugs”. A very social person, Joyce always had time to visit on the street or at her home. Joyce will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of almost 49 years, Ted Bay of Humboldt; two children and four grandchildren: Jesse (Mildred) Bay of Lake Forest Park, WA and children, Olivia, Timothy and Matilda; and Jackie (Mike) Angelstad of Humboldt and daughter, Aidra; four sisters and one brother: Mardelle Pastl (Remi), Linda Jurgens, Marylee Jurgens (Donald Martin) all of Humboldt, Dianne Jurgens and Wayne Jurgens and family - all of Saskatoon; mother-in-law, Mary Bay of Humboldt; sisters-in-law, Eunice Solar of Humboldt and Leona Keller (Lorne Karlash) of Calgary; numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Marie Jurgens; granddaughter Lucy Marie Bay; father-in-law, Leon Bay; brothers-in-law, Wayne Pastl and Glen Karlash; niece, Lana Sens; and nephew, Jason Keller. A Public Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Hwy 5 East, Humboldt. A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Augustine R.C. Church, celebrated by Fr. Joseph Salihu. Interment followed at St. Augustine R.C. Cemetery, Humboldt. Memorial donations may be directed to Saskatoon Cancer Agency or Humboldt District Hospital.
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Saskatoon Cancer Centre
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Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (General Equipment Fund)
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