July 31, 2018
Joyce Eleanor Fuller passed away peacefully on July 31, 2018 at Copper Ridge Place at the age of 84.
Charles Stanley Fuller passed away peacefully on April 30, 2018 at Copper Ridge
Place at the age of 91.
Joyce & Stan began their lives in the farming communities just outside of Calgary, AB. They were together since she was only 14 years old and they married in November of 1950.
Stan was mechanically inclined from a young age and farming wasn’t in his long-term plans, so, in the summer of 1958, with 3 young children (Rob, Sandy
and Donnie) in tow, they moved to the Yukon. The link to the Yukon was provided by Joyce’s aunt Joanne and uncle Henry. At the time Henry was working for Proctor Construction, on a road reconstruction project between Mayo and Elsa. The company needed a mechanic, so, the stage was set. While Stan worked on heavy equipment during the day, Joyce kept the home fires burning, working with Rob on his elementary school correspondence and taking care of the children.
After a 2-year stint with Proctor, the family moved to Whitehorse, in time for school, in the fall of 1960, settling in the Marwell area. For the next 4 years Stan ran the service station at Tourist Services, (now the Yukon Inn) while Joyce continued as a homemaker.
In 1965, Stan found long-term employment at Central Workshop for YTG. In 1968 their fourth child, Barry, was born.
Along the way, Joyce had various jobs, as a flagperson for Dawson Construction, a secretary for Burns Meats and a clerk at Shoppers Drug Mart.
In the late 1970’s, Joyce began working for YTG, in the Public Service Commission, where she enjoyed a long career. When he wasn’t working at YTG, Stan also ran “Annie Lake Trucking” hauling 20-yard loads of topsoil into Whitehorse for backyard gardeners and landscapers alike. After hours, he could often be found working in his large workshop in Marwell, turning wrenches & fabricating his own projects, or helping others who needed a hand fixing “this” and welding “that.”
Avid gardeners, they always planted a large garden & greenhouse section of their property in Marwell, which would often stock the basement with preserves and frozen vegetables for the entire winter. From an aesthetic perspective, Joyce was always proud of her prized peonies, with blooms the size of softballs, that adorned the outside gardens and indoor rooms of the house.
By the late 1980’s, both Stan and Joyce were embarking on retirement which gave them more time to devote to other passions, mostly centered around gardening and volunteering their time to various groups around Whitehorse. Of particular importance was their time with the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, the Yukon Order of Pioneers & Ladies Auxiliary, The Royal Purple, Transportation Museum, Yukon Quest, Canada Games, Seniors Games and the Golden Age Society. Joyce was also active with her TOPS group, on a weekly basis. Retirement also gave them more time to travel in the RV. Whether it was fishing in Alaska, or traveling south to visit relatives in British Columbia, Alberta, Wyoming, they always loved hitting the road and enjoying life.
1999, the couple proudly represented the Territory as Mr. & Mrs. Yukon; A role they both shared with great joy and passion. Stan and Joyce touched many other organizations and individuals with their time and resources. They always had time to help others, often before helping themselves.
Stan and Joyce lovingly leave behind 3 children, Rob(Liz), Sandy (John) and Barry (Kelly). They also leave behind 6 grandchildren, Jim, Heather, Amy, Andrew, Simon and Amanda, and 9 greatgrandchildren, Nicholas, Donovan, Charlie, Drew, Reed, Owen, Edison, Kaylee and Tanner. Stan and Joyce are predeceased by their son Donnie (5 yrs. old).
It seems fitting that, after 71 years together, they would pass-on within 3 months of each other; Together in Life and Beyond.