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Saturday January 29, 2011

MARGARET JOYCE WOOD (NÉE ATKINS) Born October 20, 1921; Died January 26, 2011, at the Toronto General Hospital. Born in St. Catharines, she grew up in Burgessville, Oxford County, Ontario. Joyce was a much-loved and unstintingly kind daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. While she was a young woman working in Brantford, Joyce and a handsome airman caught sight of each other across a crowded room at a dance for servicemen. Joyce Atkins and her beloved Robert Balfour Wood were married on March 18, 1944. They began their long and happy married life in Ottawa, where Bob was posted with the RCAF and, after the war, they settled in Kitchener where their daughters were born and grew up. Joyce will be deeply missed by her family. Joyce is predeceased by husband Robert Wood (1991) and by her parents, Elizabeth Hallam Atkins and Norman Treffry Atkins. She leaves daughters Margaret Wood and Elizabeth Morley and Elizabeth's husband David Morley of Toronto. Joyce is missed by the two young men who always put a smile on her face, her grandsons Nicholas Morley of Victoria, BC and Alexander Morley of Toronto, and by Nick's partner Taylor Davis. Joyce is also survived by her brother David Atkins of Lachute, Quebec, and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wood of Stoney Creek. Also left are her six nieces and nephews, Ralph Atkins of Lachute; John Atkins of Popondetta, Papua New Guinea; Noreen Atkins and her husband Philip Branigan of St. John's, Newfoundland; Victoria Marsh and her husband Marc Marsh of Burlington; Paul Wood of Fleet, U.K.; and Marion Robitaille and her husband Roger Robitaille of Hamilton. Her great nieces and nephews are Katherine and Gabrielle Atkins-Branigan; Michael and Matthew Ongley; Anna and David Wood; and Amy and Jay Robitaille. Joyce and Bob loved and were central to the lives of My Le of Sacramento, California, and Trang Dang Reinhardt of Mississauga. A Service of Celebration for Joyce's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2011 at TRINITY-ST. PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH at 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario, preceded by visitation from 12 p.m. in the narthex of the church. The family thanks all whose care made Joyce so happy and comfortable. A donation to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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