WWII Veteran Joyce Gwendyl Paynter (nee Andrews) of Charlottetown was a private in the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Women’s Army Corps assigned to the 43rd company out of Canada’s military headquarters in London during the Second World War. She married Arthur Paynter in 1943 while volunteering with the British Red Cross and without yet setting foot on Canadian soil enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces. She came to PEI via the Ile de France troop ship through Pier 21 in Halifax in 1945.
Joyce was a strong supporter of the Legion and spoke for years in local schools during the Poppy campaign and loved spreading the word of peace. She was an advocate for ex service women and was responsible for having the service women permitted to march in the parade on Remembrance Day.
Joyce passed on July 30, 2019. Her family, friends and community will miss her greatly.