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Verna Joy

Verna Lorraine Joy (Richards)

Tuesday, February 19th, 1929 - Monday, November 25th, 2019
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Verna Lorraine Richards Joy, 90, passed away November 25, 2019, at a Bangor healthcare facility with her loving children by her side. She was born February 19, 1929, in Old Town the daughter of John B. and Mabel (Dawes) Richards.

Verna grew up in Old Town in a large loving family and gained many friends throughout her life. Verna married Alvin “Buster” Joy on November 30, 1957 and soon her children came along. Susette was Verna and Buster’s special child who became the center of the family. Verna loved and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Verna was a lifelong member of the Holy Family Church and was very active in establishing and helping with funeral receptions. She was a Eucharistic Minister and helped home-bound people with weekly communion and errands. Verna was also known for being an Avon Lady for over 30 years. She was very social, loved to travel, and spend time at Pushaw Lake at their camp. Verna’s dining room table was always open to friends and family. She always made a point of staying connected to her siblings and their families. Verna who was a happy, caring, and generous woman will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Alvin Joy; her siblings/in-laws, Laura and Edmund Brodeur, Vera and Raymond Bishop, Robert and Frances Richards, Arthur and Lillian Richards, Gerald Richards, Reginald and Geraldine Richards, and Darlene and William Polk. She is survived by her children; Susette Joy, Jeffrey Joy, Diane Brooks and husband Cory; grandchildren, Cody Brooks and Kayla Alexander and husband Tyler; great-grandchildren, Owen Brooks and Everly Alexander; sister-in-law, Pauline Richards (wife of Gerald), many nieces and nephews, cousins, and a special cousin Noreen White.

The family would like to thank all the home care staff and the staff at Ross Manor for caring for our mother in such a loving way.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Church of the Resurrection Parish, Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street, Old Town. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the parish hall following the service. Interment will be in the spring at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 10:00am
    Resurrection of the Lord, Holy Family Parish Hall
    429 Main St.
    OLD TOWN, ME 04468
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Kyle Doustou
  • Interment

    Lawndale Cemetery
    Stillwater Ave.
    Old Town, ME 04468
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    Spring of 2020
  • Reception

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Resurrection of the Lord, Holy Family Parish Hall
    429 Main St.
    OLD TOWN, ME 04468
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Etta Davenport

Posted at 08:17am
So sorry to learn of the loss of your mother, keep those precious memories close.

Etta Davenport

Al and Cleo Skolfieldfeld

Posted at 02:08pm
Susette, Jeff, Diane and family,

We were so very sad to hear of Aunt Verna's passing. She was truly a wonderful human being, and brought much "Joy" to everyone she met. We know she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you

Al (Bob) and Cleo Skolfield

Margo Boyd

Posted at 03:07pm
Dear Diane: So very saddened to here of the loss of your mother. Please know that my heart goes out to you and the entire family. I think of you often and especially now at this time.
Fondly, Margo Boyd

Albert Levesque

Posted at 01:41pm
Dear Susette, Jeff, Diane and family. So very sad to read of the death of your Mom, Verna. She was a great lady with a terrific sense of humor and I know that you all loved her deeply. My sympathies go out to all of you and your entire family. As you know Verna was a life long friend to Mom and I will always appreciate how she would visit and take her places, Mom had many fond memories of their time together. I am sorry to say that I will not be able to be with you as you celebrate her funeral Mass on Saturday. However please know that my thoughts will be with all on that day and all the days to come.
Albert Levesque

Leslie johnson

Posted at 07:03pm
So sorry to read of your mother’s passing. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I know you must have many happy memories.

leslie jw

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