Joyce (Sumby) Zess

26-Jul-1929 - 11-May-2020

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Forever In Our Hearts


Joyce Zess of Calgary passed away peacefully overnight at her Newport Harbour residence on May 11, 2020 at the age of 90 years. She was predeceased by her daughter Linda, her husband Robert, and her grandson Jared. She was the beloved mother of Richard Zess of Calgary and will also be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her brother Richard Sumby, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Joyce was born in York, one of seven children. She moved to Canada independently at age 27 to take a job in St. Victor, Saskatchewan, where she met her husband Robert and several life-long friends. Joyce was a dedicated career woman and a role model for young women who worked with her over the years. In 1977 she moved with her family to Calgary where she continued her career until she and Robert retired and enjoyed many years as devoted grandparents. Joyce was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006 but otherwise remained in good physical health until her final day - a testament to her resilient nature and inner strength. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial Service will be held for immediate family at Mountain View Funeral Home. Joyce will be interred alongside her husband Robert at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

Joyce (Sumby) Zess

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Laureen Hone(Seiferling) | 20-May-2020


Rick I was very sorry to hear today that your mom had passed. I also had fond memories of both your mom and dad growing up in St.Victor, the laughter, office parties and good times. I remember your mom as an avid gardener like mine. She was always welcoming and the picture you chose is how I remember her.

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Posted by Jocelyne Lalonde | 19-May-2020


Rick, Lindsey and Kyle I was able to view the very touching service you had for your mom and nan today. You all honoured her life with your memories of her. As I mentioned to Lindsey, growing up in St Victor, Joyce’s was the first British accent I ever heard and I always found her little giggle endearing. She was a very gracious lady. I remember working for her at the Family Life office one summer in downtown Calgary. Thank goodness she was such an understanding and patient boss. She and my sister Marilou also worked very closely at Family Life for a number of years. I know that my father and grandfather valued her hard work and commitment to her job as an accountant for the company. As Alzheimer’s has slowly taken my mother away from us, I know how hard it is to watch the cheerful, witty and loving person you all knew gradually disappear. Your tribute to her helped me to remember Joyce again. May she finally have the peace she truly deserves and remain forever as she was in our memories. Jocelyne and the Lalonde family

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