BRENDA M. JOYCE – in South Royalton, Vermont, formerly of Woburn, January 22nd. Beloved sister of Maureen Noble and her husband John “Jack” of Winchester, Sheila Greenlaw and her husband Don of Woburn, and Atty. Daniel L. Joyce Jr. and his wife Beverly of Westford. Lovingly survived by ten nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and nephews, along with several very dear friends. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, January 27th at 9 a.m Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Brenda’s memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.
Brenda M. Joyce peacefully and quietly passed away at her home in Vermont early Monday morning after an aggressive, hopeful and optimistic battle with breast cancer.
The beloved daughter of the late Dr. Daniel and Mary (Logan) Joyce, she was born in Woburn and educated at St. Charles School, graduating with the Class of 1955. Since she was a child, Brenda was extremely active and thoroughly enjoyed playing sports. Pursuing her love of sports, Ms. Joyce received her baccalaureate degree in Physical Education at St. Catherine’s College, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Following her graduation Ms. Joyce returned home and began her teaching and coaching career in Cambridge. After several years she relocated to Arizona, where she was involved in recreational therapy for a brief time, and again returned home, taking a position in the Woburn Public Schools as a Physical Education teacher, Kindergarten through High School. In 1959-1960, Ms. Joyce moved to the high school where she taught Physical Education and was the coach of the basketball, softball, cheerleading, field hockey, and swimming teams and started the first girls tennis team.
Beginning in the seventies, Ms. Joyce narrowed her fields of coaching and focused only on field hockey, basketball and softball. This was the beginning of a very long and successful coaching career, starting a winning tradition in girls softball. Her team won the first Middlesex League Championship in 1972, again in 1976 and then in 1978. She was a very well respected person and coach amongst her peers and colleagues throughout the Middlesex League. Ms. Joyce throughout her coaching career always stressed the importance of striving for one’s personal best in all that one sets out to achieve.
Throughout Brenda’s life she had a love of animals, especially horses, dogs, and cats and she had a special fondness for Vermont. As a youngster she took up horseback riding with her father, who also had a love of horses, and together they shared many happy hours together in shows and horseback riding.
In the late sixties Brenda aquired her farm in Vermont, where she and many of her friends spent many happy times. Nestled in the mountains of Vermont, Brenda was able to indulge her love of animals, and became co-owner of Royalton Hill Kennel, where she was able to give a loving home to many horses, dogs, cats, and Hereford cattle. All her vacation time and weekends were spent there and, when she retired in 1988, she moved permanently, but always came home to Woburn for holiday festivities with family.
Following her move to Vermont, Brenda became actively involved in her community there. She began tutoring at Royalton School, the Upper Valley Services, where she was assisting the disadvantaged and less fortunate, and the John Dunn House in Vermont, dealing with youngsters who were experiencing difficulty functioning within the realm of the regular classes.
A little over five years ago, Brenda was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she faced head on. Ms. Joyce followed the regimes ordered and also became part of the newer treatments presently in the experimental stages. On Monday morning Brenda succumbed to the illness she had so valiantly kept at bay.
In addition to her parents, Brenda was predeceased by her loving aunt, Marie Joyce, and her very dear cousin, Sr. Bernadette Joyce SND.
Surviving are two sisters, Maureen Noble and her husband John “Jack” of Winchester, Sheila Greenlaw and her husband Don of Woburn, and her brother, Atty. Daniel L. Joyce Jr. and his wife Beverly of Westford.
She is also lovingly survived by ten nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and nephews, along with several very dear friends.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, January 27th at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Brenda’s memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.