It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joelle Andrée Roy Flynn, a radiant, loving mother, wife, and daughter.
Joelle grew up in Edmonton where she happily lived the first 25 years of her life at home with her wonderful, fun loving parents. It was there where she met her future husband Matt, while attending JH Picard High School. A proud Francophone, Joelle was always a strong and focused student, completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1995. In 1998, Joelle moved to Calgary and she and Matt married the following year. Together they happily built their lives, careers, friendships, and eventually a family of their own. Always sincere, honest and straightforward, Joelle developed dozens of loyal friends through work, soccer, the girls’ school, and soccer parents, all of whom were drawn to her infectious positivity and energy.
Joelle loved entertaining. Dinner parties were plentiful, always punctuated by one of Joelle’s signature desserts, and always full of smiles and laughter from start to finish. Her priority in life was the happiness of her four beautiful daughters. She loved them deeply and fiercely protected their best interests in all aspects of their lives. She was the ultimate role model for them in demonstrating selflessness, generosity, kindness, and ultimately, unflinching courage. She stared down every hardship that was thrown her way, choosing instead to focus on the next activity, the next home project, the next trip, the next dinner party.
Joelle was taken suddenly and mercifully by God after suffering through a six-year battle with cancer. Her departure for heaven leaves a legacy of love with her beloved daughters and she will be deeply missed by all who had the honour of knowing her. Joelle leaves her daughters, Amélie (14), Gabrielle (14), Claire (12), and Alexane (10); her loving husband, Matt; her sister, Chantal; and her loving parents, Andre and Lydia.
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