Joy (Hassell WOOLF


Joy (Hassell) Woolf, passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Long Term Care Centre October 2, 2010 with her family by her side. Joy was born May 30, 1934 to William and Louisa Hassell in Burnaby, B.C. the youngest of five children. She loved having twin sisters just a year and a half older than her-it gave her 2 built in best friends. Her Mom died when she was just 8 years old, it was a heartbreak she never really got over. Joy was an excellent student, but she preferred having fun. She quit school at 14 and went to work. Always up for a good time one of her favorite activities as a teenager was to go to the dances on the fishing boats on the Fraser River with her cousins and friends. She loved spending time with her ‘double’ cousins on their farm and always had a story to tell about their antics. Joy loved to race cars-and that love never left her. She always said she was going to drive a little red race car when she turned 65-a Neon may not be an official race car, but she drove it like one anyway. As a young woman she loved to drive in the “Powder Puff” races with her cousins cars. At 23 she married Fred Woolf and together they had four children. They lived in Vernon for a few months and then in Surrey until 1970 when they moved to Whitehorse. Joy had given her heart to the Lord at a Billy Graham Crusade in the late 1960’s. She was active in the Whitehorse Baptist Church and led the Youth Bible Study for all the years she was there. Joy always had a love for young people. It was there she made many lifelong friends. Mary Joensen has remained among her best friends to this day. In 1977 they moved to Rimbey. Joy led the women’s Ministries for many years. There is no way to count how many meals she delivered to new Mom’s just home from the hospital or other’s recovering from surgery or dealing with a loss. If she didn’t deliver them, she had you to her house and fed you there. Joy will be remembered for her decorating ability-there are many that have her floral bouquets in their homes still. She will be sadly missed. Joy leaves to mourn her passing her daughter Laurie & Ron Soderberg of Rimbey and their sons Nathan of Rimbey and Jeremy of Red Deer, her son Roger and Verlynn and their son Cody of Edmonton, her son Dan and Krista and their daughters Amy and Rebecca of Sylvan Lake, her daughter Jodie and Dave Dueck and their children Victoria and Scott of Red Deer, her sister Jill Lugtig of Winnipeg, MB and the father of her children Fred Woolf of Red Deer. Joy was predeceased by her brother Alan Hassell, sisters Eileen Deeley and Jacquie Green. Joy will be welcomed into Heaven by her angel grandson Zachary Woolf-been waiting 5 years for his Grammy to join him. Joy’s remains are interred at the Iola Fairview Cemetery. If friends desire donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, The Heart and Stroke Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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