In Memory of






Obituary for Pauline Elizabeth Mary Joyal (Ramsey)

Pauline Joyal (nee Ramsey), passed away in the early morning of January 19th, holding the hand of her daughter and friend, Lorraine, as she left this Earth.

Born June 2nd, 1929, to Dr. Stuart Ramsey and Juliette Pelletier in Montréal with her 4 older siblings who have preceded her in death.

Pauline married Louis Marcel Joyal in 1957 and they built their lives in Ottawa. They established roots in both Mont Ste. Marie and Kamouraska that were solidified in invaluable friendships that have lasted generations. There, Pauline spent many of her days skiing and nights by the fireplace with a book in her hands. She was a lover of travel and adventure but was always content to be back home in Ottawa with her family, where she could be found walking in any weather.

Together, in 1974, Pauline and Marcel made the unique — to some, questionable — decision to adopt 3 older children from foster care. However, she proved to be more than capable when she welcomed them into her home like they were her own from the start. She and Marcel provided a safe harbor to their children when they needed it most. To give a second chance three times over is an immense kindness that her loved ones will spend their lifetimes being grateful for.

She is survived by her children, Lorraine and her husband Noel, Richard, Diane; and her grandchildren but is now reunited with her husband Marcel and her sister and dear friend Ann.

Pauline will be deeply missed for her generous spirit, her stubborn wit, and her ability to host a welcoming party like no other.

She will be steadily remembered in her ski suit, her favorite chair in the sunroom of Kamouraska, and in each drink we share before dinner.

All those who knew Pauline knew that she held a unique perspective on death and can be comforted in knowing she held the belief that we will walk together again.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Donations in Pauline’s memory may be made to the Ottawa Humane Society, the Ottawa Food Bank, or to a charity of your choice and would be greatly appreciated.