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Joscelyn Ann Hurst

February 16, 1933 ~ December 9, 2020 (age 87)


Joy was an amazingly strong and brave woman who loved and was deeply loved by dear husband Donald L.Hurst (predeceased). She was the eldest daughter of Florence Joscelyn & William Edgar Cayley and sister to Marion Cayley. She was a loving mother and role model to her three daughters Deborah Doherty (Allan) of Ottawa, Ontario, Joscelyn Gagnon (Antony) of Ancaster, Ontario, and Elizabeth Hurst (Michael Richards) of Gabriola Island, B.C. and wonderful Grandma Joy to her grandchildren Beau Doherty (Courtney), Alison Doherty, Jean Gagnon (Genna), Rebecca McWilliam (Eric) and Lindsay Richards (Taralynne) and her great-grandchildren Thea, Elodie, and Henry.

Joscelyn shared her love and knowledge of music and languages with family at home and touched so many others throughout her teaching career, musical theatre productions and travels. Don and Joy were also the "second parents" for many people, opening their hearts and home to those needing love or support.

Joy plunged into the many adventures that she shared with Don (and sometimes the family) that took her from small town Ontario throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Her final years, after Don died, were spent on Gabriola Island where Joy lived surrounded by nature in a cabin in the woods lovingly cared for by EJ, her husband Mike and their son Lindsay.

We are deeply saddened by her loss, but immensely grateful for all that she gave to her family.

We are creating a virtual space where we can all chat on December 19, 2020. Please contact for information and to register.

A Celebration of Life, as per her wishes, will take place at a later date when we can all safely gather.

If so desired, memorial gifts may be made to one of the charities below, or to a music or arts organization of your choice.

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

People for a Healthy Community, Gabriola Island.



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