Born: April 27, 1928
Died: November 23, 2011
Longtime Ladysmith resident Joyce Pruden (née Wade) died at home on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. She was widowed earlier this year, as her husband of nearly fifty years, Larry Pruden, died in January 2011. The youngest daughter of Mary and Milton Wade, she is preceeded in death by her sisters Sheila Ruttle (Saskatoon, Sask), Joan Doidge (Meadow Lake, Sask) and Alice Law (Smith Falls, Ont.) A native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Joyce came to BC in 1966; where she and Larry raised their two children, Shaan and Shayne, and Ladysmith remained her home until her death.
While raising her family on the island, Joyce worked at a number of local businesses including the Cowichan Valley News and Lait Bloomers florist. On most days she could be found tending to her garden and offering sage advice to friends and neighbours. She also was an avid hockey fan, especially of her beloved Vancouver Canucks. During the holidays, she would bake a variety of seasonal treats for friends and family. She will be missed by her family, friends and community.
She is survived by her children, daugther Shaan Pruden (Stefan Schaefer), of San Jose, California, son Shayne Pruden (Mary Aguirre) of Whiterock BC, grandchildren Tia and Damien Pruden, nieces Jan McIntryre of Nanaimo, BC, Myrna Law-West of Ottawa, Ont and nephew Blake Law of Peterborough, Ont.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joyce’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. There will be a private family service.