It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Josephine (Josey) Lloyd on September 3rd in Lancashire England.
Born Josephine Young in Cheshire, England, she was the second of four sisters. She graduated from secretarial college with distinction in shorthand and typing and held a position of private secretary to a senior executive of Lever Brothers – a large British company. She emigrated to Canada with her husband Rob and daughter Rachel in 1982 and they made their home in Nelson. Soon after their arrival the family suffered a devastating house fire losing all their possessions but they pulled through with the kind help of the community. They purchased a home on Nasookin Road were they spent many happy years working on their garden and walking along the lake.
She worked at the Nelson Animal Hospital for several years before securing a position at the Nelson and District Credit Union where she worked until her retirement. Josey served two terms as president of the Nelson Chapter of the I.O.D.E. and volunteered at the local Thrift Store.
Both Rob and Josey were very active with the Nelson Maple Leafs Booster Club working on fund raisers and other functions. They also enjoyed billiting out of town hockey players and maintained contact with some families for many years after hockey days were done.
She was a proud new Canadian and enjoyed public events such as Canada Day or Remembrance Day when she could wave her maple leaf flag. She especially enjoyed Maple Leaf away games in Spokane where she could wear her green club jacket and shout “Go Leafs Go”!
They returned to England in 2011 to be closer to Rachel and her family. Josey had a long struggle with dementia which robbed her of most of her golden years.
She is survived by Robin, her husband of 50 years, daughter Rachel (Rob) Alker and much loved grandson Drew, sisters June (George) Gilberton and Jean (Les) Tillyer all of whom live in England and Pat (Hugh) Croxall of Nelson and numerous nephews and neices.She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
Friends and neighbors wishing to expres sympathy can make donations to the Alzheimers Society of BC in Josey’s name.