March 15, 1937 – October 4, 2019 | Vancouver, BC

The Rev. Joyce DavisRev. Joyce Davis

The family of the Rev. Joyce Davis sadly announces her passing on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, after suffering a stroke.

Joyce was born March 15, 1937, in Montreal, QC, the daughter of the late Cyril and Doris (LeBreton) Daniel.

Joyce lived out her faith through devoted service and boundless love all her life. With her husband, Glen, she ventured into ministry with the Korean Christian Church in Japan for 15 years. After serving the Presbyterian Church in Canada overseas, she worked as a diaconal minister and then as an ordained minister in Toronto. In her “retirement” she served the Vancouver School of Theology as Director of Field Education, while writing a history of the Order of Diaconal Ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, From the Bottom Up. Joyce never stopped learning, growing and sharing her gifts. Her love and devotion for diverse and marginalized people was exemplified in her welcoming young people into her home and her life.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dr. Glen Davis; sons, Rev. Bruce (Karen), Vancouver and Mark (Christine), Burnaby; daughter, Paska Otto Orach, St. Johns, NL; grandchildren, Luke, Aoife, Sarah, Joshua, Faith, Daniel and Myriam; and brother, Bruce (Georgette), Ottawa.

We are deeply grateful for the compassionate care Joyce received in the ICU and Palliative Care unit of CB Regional Hospital, and for the supportive prayers and visits from her church community and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Columba Presbyterian Church, Marion Bridge. A memorial service of thanksgiving for her life will be held at St. Columba Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Reception to follow.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Columba Presbyterian Church.