July 23, 1934 – Tues, Dec 10, 2013
Joyce Keng Foon Lowe, of Courtenay, BC, passed away on Tues, Dec 10, 2013 in Vancouver, BC surrounded by her family. Born July 23, 1934 in Cumberland, BC, she was the daughter of the late Gang and Lin Oi (Annie) Leung. She was also predeceased by sisters Keng Gue (1944), Keng Holl (1944) and grandson Andrew Hicken (2003).
She is lovingly remembered by her 2 daughters Connie Lowe (Mark Hicken) and grandchildren Peter and William; and Wendy Rohrwasser (Paul) and grandchildren Michael and Olivia. She is also survived by Connie andwWendy’s father, Gordon Lowe, her siblings Norman (Lisa), Cyril (Rose), John, May Gee (Yuen), Fred (Serena), Wally (Selina), Aunt Marie Lowe, Aunt Jenny Lowe and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joyce was a life long resident of the Comox Valley. She worked at her family’s farm and 2 grocery stores before getting married in 1962. She then helped run her husband’s grocery store, IGA Foodliner, in Lazo while caring for her 2 young girls. After staying at home to raise her family, she returned to Leung’s Grocery in Courtenay, working in the coffee bar, where she was known for her delicious pies and home baking. She enjoyed painting and was an avid member of the Comox Valley Camera Club. She was an integral voice in the Cumberland Coal Creek Advisory Committee which successfully fundraised and then built the picnic area on the former Cumberland Chinese townsite. Her deepest passion was for her 4 grandchildren; she was the best “Poa Poa”.
A Memorial service was held at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, Fri, Jan 3, 2014. If you wish, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency.