Joyce B. Clark obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Joyce B. Clark

June 13, 1939 - October 8, 2016

Obituary


Joyce B Clark

June 13th 1939 to October 8th 2016

Born in Boston Massachusetts to William and Flora Myers.

My Mom grew up in Lexington Massachusetts with her two sister Virginia, and Lorraine, and her dog brownie. When mom was 17 her nephew Steven was born and he always held a special place in her heart. When I look at old pictures I can envision my mom a spunky teenager, going to dances, and having fun with friends. She told me stories of her adventures in her Volkswagen beetle driving into Boston...

Joyce B Clark

June 13th 1939 to October 8th 2016

Born in Boston Massachusetts to William and Flora Myers.

My Mom grew up in Lexington Massachusetts with her two sister Virginia, and Lorraine, and her dog brownie. When mom was 17 her nephew Steven was born and he always held a special place in her heart. When I look at old pictures I can envision my mom a spunky teenager, going to dances, and having fun with friends. She told me stories of her adventures in her Volkswagen beetle driving into Boston to go shopping, and taking her Aunt Etta. My Mom met my Dad at work, A neat story my Dad left an apple on her desk with a note if she wanted to go out, well the rest is history. They were married on September 30th 1962 in Lexington, Massachusetts. They went to Daytona Beach for there Honeymoon where my dad drove his 1962 Ford Falcon onto the beach where the tide was coming in and the car became stuck! Luckily there were some guys on the beach that helped get them out of the sand. I was down there in 2014 on the beach trying to visualize this story, and it still makes me chuckle, but my mom was not amused!!!! They lived in Waltham Massachusetts until 1969 when they found our family home in Sudbury where my mom was a resident for 47 years. My mom took so much pride in her house, and especially her gardens. She loved working in the yard either mowing, designing her many gardens or her pride was her hedges. You may not believe me, but my mom would trim her hedges every year with a pair of scissors. Yes scissors!!!! She would be so proud and show everyone her masterpieces, but that was my mom every attention to detail. I can't forget to mention our pug dog Oliver. He was her joy, and before Oliver there was Bootsie. Mom loved animals, and within the last year she loved seeing the Alpaca that lives next door to my husband and I in New Hampshire. She would frequently ask me if her friend had made a visit to our yard. The alpaca was not a frequent visitor, but I did have pictures, and mom loved seeing them. Ironically the Alpaca made a visit of all days the day we lost mom, go figure. To back track a bit in the late 70's mom started working at The Casual Male and was the assistant to the President. She was there until the late 80's when she then went on to work at Regis college in Weston Massachusetts where she was in the IT department. I loved when she was at Regis because I could go and use their huge indoor pool anytime, I always Loved that. She also met one of her dear friends there, Ann. She worked at Regis until 2001. Now that is a very important time because soon after mom was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes she was 62 years old, but that did not slow my mom down. In August of 2002 my Dad passed away suddenly. They were married just one month shy of there 40th Wedding Anniversary. Soon after mom began working at Pope John the 23rd Seminary in Weston Massachusetts. She was the Assistant to the Academic Dean, and she loved it. She loved interacting with the seminarians, and always looked forward to the new incoming class. She made many friends there up until her retirement in 2013. Traveling was also something she enjoyed. We did a big trip to Europe just the two of us in 1985, and it was a trip of a life time. Her and I were always going shopping together, getting stuff for the house whether it was furniture, a new rug or just some new curtains. We would go to York Maine every summer, and mom would have her lobster, and we would walk the beach or just sit listening to the ocean. We would do day trips to places like Rockport, Newport, Nantucket, Boston, New York City. Oh, I could go on. My Mom and I had a special relationship, and she was always my go to for advice, or just have out long chats in the kitchen. In 2013 soon after she retired mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. She had her right lung removed in 2014, and it was a huge struggle for her, and for me to see her go through this. In 2015 I moved her up to New Hampshire so we could be closer, and she was needing a little bit more care. As I sit and write her obituary I know I have left some things out, but as I saw my mom failing in health, and trying to be a brave daughter it broke my heart to see my strong willed mom just become someone I could not believe was my mom. I will have millions of wonderful memories of our years together, and all we did together, but Saturday October 8th as I sat by my mothers bed side and held her hand, and watched her as she took her last breath will be something I will never forget. I hope she knew I was there telling her it was OK to leave, and be free. I was going to be OK, we are all going to be OK. I love you mom, and I will see you and dad someday. Joyce was survived by her Daughter Heather and Son in Law Gregory, sister Lorraine, her Nephew Steven, and Niece Jill, and many other Nieces, and Nephews, and many, many friends. She was pre deceased by her Husband Edward, and her sister Virginia.