Deborah A Joyce 1958 – 2011

Apr 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

JOYCE, Deborah A. (Driscoll) Of Boxborough, Age 53, passed away peacefully at home April 27, 2011 following a two year battle with brain cancer. She was the beloved wife of Christopher P. Joyce, a devoted mother to Seamus D. Joyce and Madeline S. Joyce, a dear sister to Michael F. Driscoll of Yarmouthport, Ma, and loving daughter of the late J. Kenneth and Ruth Driscoll. Deb is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews and many dear and wonderful friends. Deborah was raised in Lee, Ma where she was born on May 27, 1957. She graduated from Lee High School in 1975 and Stonehill College in 1979. During summers in college, Deborah worked as a guide at the Old Corner House in Stockbridge, the first site of the Norman Rockwell Museum. At that time, she came to know Norman Rockwell at the end of his life. After college, she worked for 4 years with Merrill Lynch in Boston and then 10 years in money management with Hellman Jordan Management Company in Boston. Following her work career, Deborah focused on raising her two children. Deborah married her husband Chris in 1986. Deborah was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend who will be greatly missed for her keen intellect, warmth and humor. From her childhood in western Massachusetts, she developed a knowledge of and a love for all things of nature, and throughout her life she found great pleasure in identifying birds or the various trees and plants in the forest. She was a dog lover and will be missed greatly by her yellow lab, Jack. Deborah also loved the arts including live music, theater and museums. She found great pleasure in reading and participating in book groups. She was also a firm believer in, and a strong supporter of, many progressive political issues on a local, statewide and national basis. Finally she loved all sports, particularly hockey, where she found pleasure in supporting and watching her children play for many years. She would have been pleased with the Bruins series win over the Canadians on the day of her passing. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Acton Funeral Home, 470 Mass Ave. Acton, Ma followed by a service on Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 pm at the Boxborough United Church of Christ, 723 Mass Ave, Boxborough, Ma. Memorial donations can be made to the MGH Brain Tumor Research 165 Cambridge Street, Boston, Ma, 02114 or to the ASPCA Gift Processing Center, PO Box 96929, Washington D.C. 20077-7127

Published in The Boston Globe on April 29, 2011

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