14 April, 1939 – 10 February, 2020
UPDATE as of March 13, 2019 The Celebration of Life for Holly BOYSON, has been postponed. The Celebration of Life details will be updated when a new date has been determined.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Holly Boyson at the age of 80.
Holly was born in Vega Alberta into a family of eleven siblings in a small community of honest hard working farmers and early western Canadian settlers in a region of northwestern Alberta.
Throughout the area's generally felt hardships of her early years, Holly even flourished and developed into a loving caring and compassionate and engaging person.
In her young adult years Holly served as one of the first female constables on the Edmonton Police Force. Upon retirement from the Force she met and married Jim Boyson in Vancouver BC and began building her family. While raising her family she become a Real Estate Salesperson, author of children's stories and an avid bridge player.
Holly was a very devoted mother and grandmother to her surviving children Brad, Joy and Belinda, their children Ryan, Alex, Adam, Amber, Rebecca, Tobyn, Arden and Sacha. S he will also be missed by her two surviving sisters Irna and Jean as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.
In her retirement years and as part of her service devotion, she served as the treasure to the Chilliwack Senior Recreation Center along with her beloved bridge club.
We are so proud and grateful that this grand lady was with us and to bring such love and compassion into our lives.
A Celebration of Holly's life will be held at Henderson's Funeral Homes, 45901 Victoria Ave, Chilliwack, BC March 31 st 2020 at 1:00 pm. POSTPONED
We ask that any donations be sent to the BC Cancer Society.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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Jane Stoeck (nee Miller)
March 31, 2020
Dear Jim (Uncle) and family,
There are so many wonderful things that can be said about Aunt Olly (Holly). She was kind, loving, generous, beautiful, a unique thinker and a trailblazer for changing societal norms. In her early twenties, she was one of only four female officers on the Edmonton Police Force. She chose to start a career before starting a family in an era when doing so was not common; her decisions gave me confidence that I too could do the same.
When she was ready, she found her soulmate in Jim and had a loving family of her own. Her kindness and generosity extended to many. Her legacy lives on, and she will be greatly missed.
March 11, 2020
Jim and family,
My condolences to you and the family Jim. Holly was a larger than life kind of person with that huge smile. I only ever I saw her at Overwaitea functions, but the photo you chose of her says it all because that is exactly how I remember her. She was always so welcoming and easy to talk to. She is in a better place now, and you will always hold memories of her near and dear. Take comfort in that at this time of sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.... Hilda
Anna and Jared Brotzel
March 4, 2020
Joy and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very gracious lady and I have fond memories of your baby shower and her pride and joy at the upcoming birth.
We send our love and condolences and pray for comfort for you all during this season
March 1, 2020
Dear Jim & Family
May I take this moment on behalf of Norm & the Handford Family to express our sadness & support during this time.
Although the passing of a special Mother & Partner is very difficult .. You all must treasure the special intellect, independence and amazing warmth which was present always.
I am confident the passage of time will turn sorrow into special memories of a life "well lived".
Her combination of warmth and attitude is a rare gift indeed.
Holly's legacy will continue to unfold .. especially in the faces, hearts and minds of her loved Children & Grandchildren.
May your time ahead be flooded with splendid memories and beautiful family thoughts.
Love & Cheers .. Norm & the Handford Family
Love the Life you Live ..
Live the Life you Love !!
February 23, 2020
Dear Jim, Brad, Joy, and Belinda
I am so sorry to hear the news of Auntie Olly (has a hard time adjusting to Holly). My heart goes out to you. It is so hard to lose a Mom no matter what time of life. I remember her infectious laugh and smile. She will never be forgotten especially by me.
February 20, 2020
Dear Jim, Brad, Joy and Belinda
So very sorry to know that Holly is no longer here with us, but also, so happy that she suffers no more.
So impossible to sum up a nearly 40 year friendship! We laughed together, cried together and did more crazy things than anyone could ever know (I hope!)
Even though in later years we weren’t as close geographically, every time we spoke, it was just like we had just seen each other yesterday.
We will always have her in our hearts
Love to all
Craig, Shirley, Shane, Amanda, and Jessica
February 20, 2020
Dear Joy, Belinda and Brad,
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother, but thankful as well, that her battle is over. When Dale and I moved into our house in 1979, we had only been married three months and were completely new to Tsawwassen. Holly, being such a perfectly social and welcoming person, was the first one to just walk over and introduce herself while we were out in the yard. From then on, we knew we had a warm and thoughtful person for a good neighbour and a friend to count on. We are so thankful that we knew her. Love from Wendy and Dale Jeske and family.
February 17, 2020
Dear Uncle Jim and family,
We are sad to hear of the passing of Auntie Olly. She was a great influence on us in our early years. My best memory was going to Edmonton with her to tour the Edmonton City Police Station and getting our fingerprints taken. Another time Auntie Olly and a fellow police pilot flew out to the farm and gave us all airplane rides. We always enjoyed her visits and her interesting stories. Our condolences to you and your family.
Jim, Louise and family
February 17, 2020
Uncle Jim and family; please accept our sincere condolences at Olga's passing. Albert and Lena Miller and family were favorite visitors for Olga. A bit of a trickster Aunt Olga was, I still have a mental picture of her, climbing on the roof of our porch, with a container of water and pouring all of it on her brother - Albert. Olga and Evelyn laughed so much, Dad had little trouble catching up to them and exacting some revenge. Good fun all around.
I remember when Olga joined and proudly served with the Edmonton Police Service; she looked sharp in uniform and was an influence in me joining the RCMP in 1973. My career took me east to Saskatchewan as opposed to west and B.C. and a closer connection with my relatives there. Small world it is as our oldest "Gregory James Miller" now lives in New Westminster with his family. Greg has met with some of the Brandon Bunch from time to time.
Memories are what keep me grounded with who I am and where I came from. Aunt Olga was always a great influence on me.
Edward and Audrey Miller - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan