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Joyce Leola McPherson (1944-2018)

Joyce Leola McPherson

Joyce Leola McPherson

FARMINGTON - Joyce Leola McPherson, 73, was born in New Sharon on November 27, 1944 and died at Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center in Farmington on June 7, 2018, where she had been a resident for several years.

She was the daughter of Nellie (Rackliff) McPherson Makepeace, also of New Sharon, and Leo McPherson, who died when she was 4 years old.

Joyce graduated from New Sharon High School and the University of Maine at Orono with an English major. She taught a few years before leaving teaching to attend Seminary, planning to be a minister. During that time she held many jobs while pursuing a new occupation. She became active in town activities, serving as Town Clerk, and writing a weekly column on town activities for the Franklin Journal. Selling Avon products around town kept her in touch with the daily activities of the townsfolk.

Although serving as a substitute minister around the Franklin County area, Joyce did not complete her Seminary work, but chose instead to work at Franklin Memorial Hospital, and later at Skowhegan Hospital in the registration office. She worked at Skowhegan until she retired in 2009.

Joyce was an active member of the New Sharon United Methodist Church, the New Sharon Grange, and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #28. From the time she was in high school and many years after, she was a loved staff member at Mechuwana. She was lovingly known as "Aunt Juice" by the young campers.

Since Joyce did not have any children of her own, she lavished attention on her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed hiking and picnicking with them and attended many of their school activities. As young children, “Aunt Joyce” was special to all of them. After being selected as a delegate herself to Dirigo Girls State, she served as a counselor every June for many years until her regular job prevented her from attending. She continued to keep in touch with special staff friends until her death.

Joyce was an avid reader and card player. After retirement, she enjoyed getting together with a group of ladies to play cards. Although not known by many of her friends, she spent time composing poetry. This was a personal outlet which she never shared with friends and family but it allowed her to express her feelings of "being alone."

Joyce is survived by her sisters, Donna Tracy of Farmington, Nora Thombs and husband Marshall of New Sharon; her brother, Gary McPherson and wife Betty Mae of Industry; nieces, Kathy Thombs and Sherie Karkos; nephews, Norman Thombs, Peter Tracy, Bruce Tracy and David Tracy; and special aunt, Betty Butterfield.

She was predeceased by her parents, her step father, a brother, and a sister in-law.

Donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to Mechuwana at the Methodist Church Camp, PO Box 277, Winthrop, ME 04364. Hopefully a scholarship fund for children can be established in her name.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 1 p.m., at the New Sharon United Methodist Church, 18 Starks Rd., in New Sharon. There will be a private burial at a later date. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. Rest in peace Dear Joyce

  2. I am sorry, God speed comfort and healing..

  3. Dear McPherson family, I knew Joyce very well growing up next to you folks. Joyce was a special person and was a very smart and caring person. I lost touch with her and many others when I moved away to attend college and got married. I still have great memories of growing up on Industry Road and the many times we worked together on wood piles. Joyce was instrumental in organizing a ride on a punt behind her grandfather's horses.
    MY wife Peggy knew Joyce from attending Mechuwana several times.
    We will be away July 1 or we would be in New Sharon.

  4. Sorry to learn of Joyce McPhersons passing. She was a friend for a long time. May you RIP Joyce and prayers for your family and friends

  5. My mom Virginia Buotte was roommates with Joyce until her passing in 2011. I got to know Joyce and play
    cards with her several nights a week, a very nice lady. May she now rest in Peace.

  6. We are so sorry for your loss! Joyce was an amazing lady and will definitely be missed. RIP Joyce!

  7. I guess I knew you better than I thought. I used to visit your mom quite often as a young girl in New Sharon. Never would I have guessed you were the topic of our conversations. It's no wonder I connected to you as a CNA. May you RIP Joyce and don't be surprised when one day you're gonna look back and I'll be there. You were one of the best.

  8. Joyce, Rest In Peace my friend. You were a very good person.

  9. A dear dear friend. Have thought of her often. We moved away in 2007 & lost touch. Our condolences to you all.

  10. Love and condolences to Joyce’s family. It was an honor to be part of her care at Edgewood, she was a very special lady. She is and will continue to be missed very day!

  11. Aunt Juice, Joyce, was my counselor at Mechuwana in the '60s.. She was the first person to ever speak to me about the reality of God and Jesus. She was also the first person who encouraged me to sing. Her influence back then has had a profound affect on my life ever since. I am sorry to hear that she has passed but only for myself as I had hoped to see her again. I am thrilled for her! Well done though good and faithful servant, enter into thy rest. Marnie Voter