High River, Alberta
Joyce worked at the Calgary Stockyards during the 1960’s for a commission firm buying and selling livestock. It was here she met and married Brand Inspector Hank Pallister.
This western way of life took them to Edmonton and then to Stettler for many years where she operated a health food store for 10 years before moving to High River to retire. She also managed the gift shop at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site at Longview, for four years.
After Hank’s death in 2005 she compiled his stories of early ranch history into three books. The first publication was “Smoke From The Branding Fire”, followed by “Bulls, Brands. and B.S.- History and Humour from Alberta’s Brand Inspectors. Joyce has also published a small book of cowboy poetry, entitled “Lingo and Lines From a Cowboy’s Life and a Cowboy’s Wife” containing the artistic illustrations of Don Brestler, Twin Butte, Alberta.
Through her western personality she has shared her poems with audiences at fall suppers, musical concerts, cowboy poetry gatherings, cowboy church, as well as many community events.
She has won various awards from the Canadian Country Gospel Music Ass’n. Other awards include Honoree of the Year from the Cowgirl Cattle Company as well as a Bronze Medal from the International Independent Publishers Book Awards. She was also recipient of the Canada 150 medal for community service, and in 2017 she was nominated for the Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Awards in the Sustained Contribution Category, receiving a Presidents Medal as runner-up.
In 2009 she married Edwin Bronsch, a farmer from the Tilley area, and they presently reside in High River.
Smoke From The Branding Fire
Lingo and Lines
Bulls, Brands & B.S