December 29, 2019
Jocelyn Roberts Steuart died peacefully in her sleep on December 29, 2019 at Dr. Andrew Pavilion in Summerland, BC. She was ninety years of age. Predeceased by her parents William and Dorothy Boyd; husband Kenneth; two sisters: Rosalind (Peter) and Daphne (Don); and daughter Pamela, Jocelyn is survived by her sisters: Patricia (Herb) and Barbara (Bill); her four sons: Robert (Nancy), David (Valerie), John (Rita), and Peter; six grandchildren: Lindsey (Lee), Andrew (Jessica), Rebecca (Owen), Michael (Thanh), Randy (Danica), and Lori (Jay); one step grandchild: Tyler (Kelsey); two great grandchildren: Branek and Roman; and one step great grandchild: Max.
Born Jocelyn Roberts Boyd in West Summerland on January 4, 1929 Jocelyn lived almost her entire life in this community. She fondly remembered her childhood years growing up on her parents’ rural orchard property on Giant’s Head Road and the lively social life of those times. Many lifelong friendships were formed at that time.
Following her graduation from Strathcona Lodge boarding school in 1947 Jocelyn returned to Summerland where she was to soon meet and promptly marry her husband of 45 years, Kenneth Muir Steuart. Five children were quick to follow. Despite a hectic domestic life Jocelyn was always able to make time to be involved in the community through volunteer work for the Summerland Hospital Auxiliary, Recope and later as a coordinator of volunteers for Dr. Andrew Pavilion.
Jocelyn’s interests included an enduring passion for the fabric arts such as sewing, spinning, and weaving and various forms of needlework. She was also keenly involved in the ceramic arts. Downhill and cross country skiing as well as golf were sports she took up with enthusiasm over the years. A passion for classical music, which she shared with her husband, was constant throughout her life as was a voracious appetite for reading. Perhaps the two things from which she derived the most pleasure were travel and caring for her lawns and gardens.
Jocelyn was devoted to her grandchildren and would make considerable effort to establish a unique connection with each of them. She would look forward to the many long, hot summers spent at the family cottage at Crescent Beach where family relationships were firmly cemented.
Of paramount importance to Jocelyn was her family and to offer a supportive home life to her children. By leading an active, productive, and healthy life she became a model for us all, one that will endure through the years and generations ahead.
The family would like to express their utmost gratitude to the staff at Dr. Andrew Pavilion for their devotion and professionalism in caring for Jocelyn over the past two and a half years. As well, a special thank you to Dr. Venkataraman is in order for the medical support he has provided to our family over the years.
A private family ceremony to place her ashes will be held at the Anglican Church Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held in August.
Donations to BC Cancer Foundation or Agur Lake Camp Society in memory of Jocelyn Steuart would be appreciated.
Condolences may be directed to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com 250-494-7752.
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