FARMINGTON — Joyce E. Barnaby, 82, a resident of Jay, passed away peacefully at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Thursday, Jan. 3.
Joyce was born April 8, 1930, to Claude and Della (Dudley) Whittemore of Crown Point, N.Y. She also received her education in the Crown Point school system.
On July 24, 1948, she married the love of her life, Gilbert J. Barnaby Sr. in Ticonderoga, N.Y. In 1965, they moved to Jay, where they raised their three children and shared their love of the outdoors with them.
Joyce was a communicant of the St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post 3335 in Jay, and she was also a member of the Super Seniors bowling league for many years.
We will always remember her joy of cooking, along with her self-taught seamstress skills, but most of all, her kindness. Gatherings of family and friends meant a great deal to her.
She loved the outdoors; she loved fishing, camping, hunting, archery, snowmobiling, dancing, bingo and bowling. Joyce and Gilbert thoroughly enjoyed their log cabin on Chain of Ponds for many years. Joyce was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Although Joyce will be missed, she will remain in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her husband of 641/2 years, Gilbert J. Barnaby Sr. of Jay; three children, Regina Voter, her partner, Tom Savage and her children, Ryan and Rena of Farmington, Gilbert Barnaby Jr. of Augusta, his partner, Jane B. Adams and his children, Brian Barnaby and Jennifer Sanborn and LaRena Nickerson of Moosehead Junction; Joyce is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Emmalee and Carlee Sanborn and Britton Barnaby; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Claude and Della Whittemore; son-in-law, Winston Nickerson Jr.; her sisters, Francis Christian, Marion Lee and Helen DuShane; and brothers, Donald Whittemore, Charles Whittemore and Sherman Whittemore.
She will be greatly missed. Her family would like to offer a special thank-you to the nursing staff and doctors at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Margarett LeBlond and Dr. Knapp.
Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com.