Northrop, Joyce

Joyce Isabel Northrop (nee Mooney): November 19, 1929 – December 8, 2010
Joyce (mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt) passed suddenly December 8, 2010 in her home, living her life independently.
Joyce was the fourth child born to George and Margaret Mooney. Joyce attended school at Rolling Ridge School (Imperial district) and finished her Grade 12 in Regina. Joyce grew up loving horses and we often heard the tale of her horse Paint (with the map of Italy). After her schooling, Joyce returned to Imperial to work in the local grocery store. After meeting the love of her life, Joyce married Sam Northrop on June 22, 1951 in Imperial. Their first home was the Scott farm (near Stalwart) and in 1956 they bought the Gardner farm (near Liberty). Here they raised their family, farmed (mixed farming), and raised purebred Shorthorns. Joyce was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Liberty, and was also involved with the Saskatchewan Shorthorn Association. With four children involved in 4-H, it wasn’t long before Joyce became a leader, as well. The local summer fairs would find the Northrop family showing their cattle and their horses and gymkhana was also a family affair, and the Northrop family would often be together riding in the local community gymkhana events and on to the Saskatchewan Riding Club Association provincials. Joyce enjoyed sewing, and after the children had grown, matching outfits were sewn for Sam and herself and their palomino horses to be worn in parades province wide.
Sam and Joyce moved to Davidson in 1988 and Joyce delved into developing her flower beds of lilies, roses and so much more. Joyce and Sam took part in the Davidson Senior’s Centre and they travelled many miles with the Senior’s winter games. Joyce took up pattern dancing with her sister Mabel through the nineties, and even took up playing the drums with Sam on the accordion and a group of local musicians. Faith was dominant throughout Joyce and Sam’s life worshipping with the St. Agnes Anglican congregation in Craik and later with the All Saints family in Davidson.
Joyce enjoyed her knitting, crocheting, liquid embroidery, and many other needle crafts.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents, George and Margaret Mooney; her husband, Sam Northrop; infant daughter, son Jimmy; brother, Bob Mooney; and sisters, Lois McMillan and Hazel Mooney. Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her family, Children, Ila May Northrop (Dwight Gervais); Bill Northrop (Shirley Sander), Bill’s family – Nichole (Rick) Pitre and family Bailey and Ryder, Vincent (Bo) Northrop and daughter Ty, Victor Northrop, Shirley’s family – Colleen (Evert) Gristwood and family Dawn and Sean, Chris (Christine) Sander and family Alyssa and Noah, Cory (Cheyanne) Sander and son Jason; Heather (Jerry) Willner and family – Courtney Willner (James Laframboise) and Tyler Willner; Colleen (Brian) Griffith and family – Royden, Ryley and Winston Griffith; sister, Mabel Strachan; sisters-in-law, Joyce Mooney, Sylvia Northrop, Freda Taylor and Marion Stratton and brother-in-law, George Northrop.
Memorials in Joyce’s memory were directed to All Saints Anglican Church, Davidson, Sask., the Davidson Home Care Fund or to the charity of your choice.
Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson was in care of the arrangements.