Posted: August 7th, 2015

June 8, 1928 – August 3, 2015

Leah Joan Joys, late of Barrhead, Alberta, passed away August 03, 2015 at the age of 87 years. Leah was born in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in education. She taught school in Barrhead and Kamloops. She married Roy Alvin Joys on July 30, 1952 in Barrhead. Leah achieved many special honors throughout her life. Due to the vast amount of family historical information she collected, Leah, a historian, contributed to the establishment of the National Museum of the Industrial Revolution in Frey Bentos, Uruguay. During the Industrial Revolution, the Liebigs meat processing plant was run by a family member, Louis Meyer. He implemented a business plan that became the model for the Industrial Revolution world-wide. In recent weeks, this Museum was named a World UNESCO Heritage site. Leah’s historical information was a driving force behind this achievement. Leah is predeceased by her beloved son Alan Joys in 2002 and her loving husband Roy Joys in 2008, her parents; Irene and Sidney Thurston. She is survived by her daughter in law; Jaqui Joys of Vancouver, and special friend; Laila Hayes, as well as other family and many dear friends.

Leah’s wishes were that no service be held. Cremation has taken place.

Leah will be laid to rest in the Mellowdale Cemetery at a later date.

Donations gratefully accepted to Barrhead Historical Society.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.rosegardenchapel.com Rose Garden Chapel, Barrhead, Alberta 780.674.4644

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