Joyce Erlene Osness


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Joyce Erlene Osness on April 27th, 2021 at the age of 75 years young. Joyce grew up on the family farm in Pompeys Pillar, Montana. She immigrated to Canada in 1969 and spent the majority of her adult life in Edmonton, AB where she worked as an accountant and raised 5 kids before retiring.

Joyce leaves a legacy of her artwork for us all to treasure, she had an incredible creative flair and had a vision of her own, forging her own path. Often her creative inspirations came from nature, animals especially, one of her great loves. She loved and cared for many cats and dogs through the years. She also had an avid interest in politics, keeping herself informed of and carefully weighing the issues, at all levels in Canada and the US.

Our mother will always be remembered by her younger brother Richard Osness and her 5 children: Paul Watson (Sasha), Jennifer Watson (Bill), Chris Watson, Tim Watson (Olana), and Heather Watson. Joyce loved her 10 grandchildren very much who will also remember her: Zoey, Jade, Alick, Trinity, Savannah, Elora, Eden, Elijah, Teagan and William. She was predeceased by her parents Erling and Rose Osness, older brothers Pat Marang and Charles Marang (Carol).

The family would like to thank Simply Cremations for handling her final arrangements with grace, it truly did make a difference.

A celebration of life will be held on August 20th, 2021 in Edmonton, details to follow.

May she rest in peace and her perpetual light shine upon us.

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Bonnie Berg

It was my pleasure to know Joyce through church activities. A lovely person and friend.

Sheryl Marang

I’m sorrowing with you all. I loved my Aunt Joyce. She was so kind, thoughtful, gentle and listening. And she had a twinkle in her eye! A sign of her playful side and her ability to laugh at at herself and during big and little things. I cherish my memories of her and the times we shared. She was a strong woman in many ways. The meaningful relationships with the people in her life were important and that is what she always made me feel; important. I love you Aunt Joyce!

Lyn Allais

My aunt Joyce demonstrated kindness and love, that was the essence of her being. How fortunate I am to have known her. I love you aunt Joyce.

Sheila Hildebrandt

I am so sorry to hear of Joyce passing. We were great friends as we both loved ceramics. She was at my 50th birthday party and gave me green ware to do. We had so much in common.
I will always miss her