MEREDITH, N.H./READING, Mass. — Joyce B. Conlan, 81, of Meredith (formerly of Reading, MA), passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital after a brief illness.
Born and raised in Medford, MA on August 23, 1932, she was the daughter of Walter and Doris (Kingston) Barnard. Joyce attended local schools in Medford, graduating from Medford High School. She went on to further her education at UMASS Amherst, where she earned her bachelor's degree.
Joyce spent many happy childhood years camping at Camp Andover, in Meredith and eventually became a camp counselor herself and spent many summers there as a dedicated employee. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother; she loved spending time with her family, cooking for family and friends, was a talented glass painter and she also did stencil work.
She was a member of the Reading College Club, Reading Garden Club, and a 50 plus year member of the Reading Congregational Church.
Joyce is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Alan T. "Skip" Conlan, of Meredith; two daughters, Janet and husband H. Kirk Steen, III, of Marblehead, MA, Nancy Conlan, of Portland, ME; brother, Bruce Barnard and wife Carol, of Mashpee, MA; two grandchildren, H. Kirk Steen, IV, and Eric T. Steen, both of Marblehead, MA; brother and sister (in-laws), David Conlan, of Charlotte, NC, and Constance Wescott, of Salem, NH.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & 104), Meredith. Rev. John Davies, chaplain for the Central NH VNA & Hospice, will officiate. Interment will be held in the spring at Oakland Cemetery, Meredith.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joyce's memory to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, P.O. 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226 www.lrct.org.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Joyce's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com