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Barbara Joyce

Barbara M Joyce (Shields)

Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Barbara M. Joyce, age 91, passed away on April 13, 2020 after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife of H. Stephen Joyce who passed away in 1996. Barbara lived a long, full life with many accomplishments. She was a graduate of Newton High School and Boston University’s Sargent College. She worked as a Physical Therapist for 49 years, retiring at age 70 only so she could help raise her grandchildren. Barbara worked as a PT during the Polio epidemic, for many years at the Milford Visiting Nurse Association and with special needs children for Bi-Co collaborative. She was also an accomplished equestrian and riding instructor, teaching many children and adults in Millis how to ride. She loved to go on long trail rides with her friends and children. Barbara was diagnosed with MS in her forties but that did not slow her down. She fought using a wheelchair for many years and even up to a week before her passing would work with her PT to walk even a short distance every day. Barbara’s greatest joy was her grandchildren, she would not miss an event they were in, sporting event, play, concert or school event she was there! Barbara is survived by her three children. Richard Joyce (Sandra), Melita Koistinen (Eric) and Lydia Shields (Doug) all of Millis. Her 9 grandchildren: June, Richard, Kevin, Danielle, Peter, Irene, Stephen, Gerry and Tyler. And her 4 great grandchildren, Sapphire, Colton, Emma and Jaylen. As well as many dear nieces and nephews whom she loved so much. She is predeceased by not only her husband Steve Joyce but her sisters Shirley Ritchie, Marcia Thatcher and Lydia Shields and her 3 beloved nephews Timothy Ritchie, C. James Thatcher and Steven Thatcher.
Services for the family will be private, in the coming days. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be announced when the public gathering restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Multiple Sclerosis Society or you can contribute to her grandson's;
Muckfest for MS team
“Team Danielle”
Gerry Shields - captain
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    Prospect Hill Cemetery
    Auburn Road
    MILLIS, MA 02054
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    Services will remain private. A memorial will be announced for a later date.


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Hannah Ritchie

Posted at 02:28pm
I luckily saw Barbara recently with my parents Michael and Diane. Barbara is my great aunt and I have treasured knowing her. She always had something to chat about with you and touched my heart with many memories and stories. Aunt Barbara will be missed greatly but she is in a better place surrounded by many loved ones.

Lorraine Butler

Posted at 10:26pm
I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family You are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her

Kathleen Davis

Posted at 04:20pm
Barbara was one in a million. I worked with Barbara many years ago at the Bico Collaborative where she took me under her wing when I was a new teacher. She was kind, compassionate, encouraging and had a sharp wit. Barbara was very adventurous and would keep us entertained with stories of her many escapades! Barbara shared her many nuggets of wisdom throughout the years which have stayed with me to this day. Mostly, Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her family was her pride and joy.
Rest in peace my dear friend. You have fought the good fight. You have finished the race.
Kathy Davis


Posted at 04:06pm
My memories are endless - so many, all so much fun. I loved Barbara. I will miss her. Special prayers to all her family.

Kathleen Davis

Posted at 04:00pm
Barbara was a one in a million. I worked with her years ago at the Bico collaborative where she took me under her wing when I was a new teacher.She was always kind and compassionate along with having a sharp wit. She was a wonderful physical therapist and mentor to many. Barbara had an adventurous spirit and kept us all entertained with her escapades! She would often share her many nuggets of wisdom throughout the years which have stayed with me even after all this time.Mostly, Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Kathy Daviis

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