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Joyce Saunders

Joyce M Saunders (McLaughlin)

Friday, November 17th, 1933 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce M. Saunders age 86 into eternal rest on 5-8-
20 surrounded by her loving family.
The beloved wife of John Michael Saunders for 63 years, Joyce was born in Houlton, ME. one of nine
children born to Henry and Elizabeth McLaughlin. Joyce was predeceased by her parents and her siblings,
Helen McQuarrie, Rita Boyd, Joan Fitzpatrick, Mary McGillicuddy, Charles McLaughlin, Thomas
McLaughlin and Harold McLaughlin. She is survived by her sister Pat Koepp of San Diego, CA. and
sister in law Theresa McLaughlin of Brewer ME.
Joyce moved to CT in the 1950’s where she met her husband John on a blind date and they married in
1956. Joyce was a long time resident of Enfield where she was a charter communicant of Holy Family
Church and a regular volunteer at the Enfield Food Shelf. Joyce and her husband were also snow birds
who enjoyed their winters in Vero Beach FL
Joyce was a wonderful, loving wife, a devoted mother and grandmother who was lovingly referred to as
Mema. Joyce was a voracious reader and had a love for travel. Joyce was a beautiful soul who maintained
her sense of humor and easy smile until the end.
Joyce is survived by a son Brian Saunders and his wife Nancy of Enfield CT, a daughter Brenda Mooney
and her husband Mark of East Calais VT, a daughter Cathryn Carroll and her husband Edward of Broad
Brook,CT. as well as 7 beloved grandchildren, Kristina (Bryan), Spencer, Madeline (Geoff), Shannon,
Colin, Drew & Cameron.
Joyce was blessed with many very special nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to Hospice nurse Cristy Wheeler for her devoted care.
Due to the current health circumstances, services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Felician Adult Day Center. Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels has care of the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.leetestevens.com.
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Joe McLaughlin

Posted at 02:14pm
Aunt Joyce was a kind and caring woman who always greeted us with a warm smile. She was genuinely interested in my family, what my kids were doing, and had a frequent chuckle when hearing news of them because I think it reminded her of her own kids or her childhood days on the farm.
I'm grateful to her and Uncle John for their still frequent visits to Maine after my dad, Harold died. Aunt Joyce would patiently indulge me when I asked questions of my dad during their time growing up and later when they were young adults.
Aunt Joyce was also a dear friend to my mother, Therese, and they maintained that bond since the early 1950s, cherishing those days and all the wonderful memories that followed.
My sincere condolences to Uncle John, Brian, Brenda, Cathy, and their children. Take care.

Sharon Mitchell

Posted at 12:03pm
A lovely or sweeter person you couldn't find, Joyce was the best. Remember her smile and quick wit, a pleasure to know and call friend. She will be so missed to all that knew her. My deepest condolences to John and her whole family. Cherish the memories and thinking of you all. A beautiful person. Rest in Peace, Joyce. Love and miss you.
Sharon Mitchell
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Carline Seville

Posted at 11:32am
My condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss, Joyce was an exceptionally wonderful person to work for, you will be greatly missed, and that beautiful smile, rest in the arms of Jesus, may your soul RIP. My prayers are with the family
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Peter King

Posted at 07:27pm
So sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family.
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Laura Allen Fiore

Posted at 04:01pm
Your family has my deepest condolences. Laura Allen Fiore
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