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Joyce Marie (Durdle) Crane

Passed on: August 10th, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joyce Marie Crane on Thursday, August 10, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, An Cala Unit.
Joyce was born in New Waterford and was the daughter of the late Everett Durdle Sr. and Patricia (Samuel) Durdle.
Joyce's career as a Registered Nurse was perfectly suited for her caring and compassionate ways and, after retirement, this carried forward in the constant care she provided for her family and circle of friends. Joyce volunteered in earlier years at the men's homeless shelter and Jeux Canada Games. She was an active fundraiser for Parkinsons research and was passionate about her nursing alumni organization.
Joyce had a full life. She was most in her element when with family and friends. She was a social butterfly and friend to all she met. She was an avid bowler, a beautiful skater, loved to cross country ski, skidoo, curl and camp. Joyce was well known for her ability to make others feel genuinely cared about and would always take the time to listen.
Joyce is survived by her daughters, Sherri (Andrew) Beresford and Tanya Crane, both of Coxheath; sisters, Jean (Bud) Hoffmann, Mass., Judy (Bob) Greene, Antigonish and Brenda (Steve) Pastuck, River Ryan; brothers, Nelson, Medicine Hat, Everett Jr. (Alice), New Waterford, Donnie (Sheila), River Ryan, Fred (Judy), Florida and Billy (Judy), New Waterford, and sister-in-law, Sheila Mercer, Sydney. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and dear friends, Betty, Donna, and Jean. Joyce was endearingly known as “Nana Joyce” to many of her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be sadly missed by them all as well as her furry companion, Brandi.
Besides her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, John ‘Jack’; mother and father-in-law, Marion and Joseph Crane; sister, Jean in infancy; brother, Wally, and sisters-in-law, Audrey Durdle and Beth Durdle.
Special thanks to Dr. Carol Critchley, Dr. Anne Frances D'Intino, her three “special” private nurses Judy Greene, Judy Durdle, and Sheila Mercer, and all that assisted in the care she received at the An Cala Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
There will be no visitation. Funeral Service will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at United Protestant Church in Sydney River with Rev. Dana Feltmate officiating. Following the service, all are invited to join the family for a reception to celebrate Joyce's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce's memory can be made to the An Cala Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital or to the United Protestant Church in Sydney River.
Online condolences to the family can be expressed at www.sydneymemorialchapel.com or sydneymemorialchapel@ns.sympatico.ca.
“Your life was a blessing,
Your memory a treasure,
You're loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure”



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