Monday, September 9, 2013

The Loss of a Wonderful Woman

And a good friend. This morning we got a terrible shock when our friend Rod Ivers told us that Loyce, his wife of 45 years had passed suddenly yesterday.

Brenda called me just as I came out of the swimming pool in Sundre and I just sat in stunned disbelief in the parking lot for a while. There are no words to describe my thoughts.

We met Loyce and Rod back in 2009 at the Kerrville gathering and again later that same winter in Rockport, Texas. It didn't take more than a minute to discover what a warm loving person Loyce was and over the years we have both entertained and been entertained by the Ivers at our various wintering spots. We have gotten together to break bread together on a number of occasions and Loyce was always interested in trading stories about our respective grandchildren and even sent some of her crafts home with us to Canada for the little ones.

I wish I could think of some words that would help her family with the sorrow that I know will engulf them from the loss of this wonderful woman but there are no words, just memories of the good times and the knowledge that she loved them above all else.

Brenda and I want them to know that she had a positive impact on a lot of folks and we will be sending our thoughts and prayers from up here north of the Medicine Line to help comfort them in this time of loss.

Until we all cross that line and can share another campfire Loyce know that we will cherish the memories of our time together


  1. Thank you JB... I know she had a special place in her heart for you folks.....

  2. Although I've never met the Ivers, I felt as if I knew them from reading Rod's blog. It was such a shock to read his post today, and I know the entire RV/blogging community unites in wishing Rod and his family peace and strength to bear their loss.

  3. We, too, are going to miss her so much. We had so much fun getting to know them in Mesa. I'm still in shock over this very sad news.

  4. It's hard to think of words to express ones sorrow, John, but you said it very well. Paulette and I were shocked as well and deeply saddened by the loss of Loyce.