Obituaries

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Joyce Bastian

Joyce Bastian

11/7/2016 11:38:29 AM

On March 26th, 1924, a baby girl was born in Nassau, Bahamas to the union of Frank Osbourne Archer of Marsh Harbour, Abaco and Lillian Adele Archer nee Rolle of Old Bight, Cat Island. She was given the name Joyce Murlin. Her grandfather, the Rev. Hercules Rolle, the pastor of Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets, passed away six months prior to her birth.   She was given the name, ‘Joyce’, which name was derived because of the joy her birth brought into the family and ‘Murlin’, named after her father’s close friend from France during World War I.

In her early years, Joyce attended Eastern Preparatory, Western Junior and Western Senior Schools. After leaving school at the top of grade 7 with a School Leaving Certificate, she joined her mother who was a dress maker (in sewing). She helped her mother with brides’ dresses, bridesmaids, children’s clothes and with the embroidery, Spanish work, knitting and crochet classes which her mother held twice weekly. During that time, Joyce made most of the shirts the boys wore in the East Street neighborhood, where she grew up. She also helped her mother who was one of the Vice Presidents of the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild with making garments which were sent to England by the Governor’s wife of the Bahamas at that time.

She attended Miss Althea Mortimer’s evening classes where she obtained certificates in typing and shorthand. On 14th February, 1944 she went to work as a secretary and dental assistant in the office of the Jackson L. Burnside who had just returned home from school in the United States. On 15th December, 1949 Joyce was joined in holy matrimony to Thomas Harcourt (Cordie) Bastian. From this union, there were four children, Cheri Bastian-Weech, Derek Glenn (who predeceased her), Larry Andre and Mark Anthony. During this time, she remained at home to raise her family.  In August 1961, she joined the staff of the Medical Department, now Ministry of Health and was in charge of the Admitting Office of the Princess Margaret Hospital. She also worked in Medical Records Office and in 1971 she was transferred to Headquarters where she retired as Registry Supervisor in 1984. She was allowed to remain on staff on a month-to-month basis going through various Departments of Ministry of Health setting up Registries until December 1988 when she officially retired.

 Joyce accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized at age 16 in the Baptism Pool at Zion Baptist Church East and Shirley Streets by Rev. Talmadge Sands. She was very active in her church as a choir member, Sunday School teacher and also in the B.T.U. and Women’s Missionary Society. She worked in these areas for many years. After some time, Joyce decided to re-dedicate her life to the Lord and wanted to know more about Jesus. She began reading her bible more and was led to Bro. Tom Roberts who prayed with her and led her back to the Lord. This made a big difference in her life and she began searching for another church. She visited Holy Trinity Church and after much prayer decided to make it her home church. She quickly got involved in the activities of the church and studied with the Evangelism Explosion classes. These classes made a huge difference in her life which paved the way for a closer relationship with her God. She became a Cell Church Leader and was involved in various activities in the church and always thanked God for his faithfulness and blessings.

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