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Clare A. Joyce
December 8, 2023
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Clare Ann Joyce, a beacon of kindness and faith, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2023, in Milton, at the venerable age of 85. Born on January 11, 1938, in Boston, she was the cherished daughter of the late Julia R. (Carlton) Joyce and the late Patrick F. Joyce. Clare's life was one of dedication and service, marked by her unwavering commitment to education, her community, and her faith.
Growing up in a close-knit family, Clare was the beloved sister of the late Mary P. Joyce, Ann Marie Joyce, John J. Joyce, and the Rev William F. Joyce. Cousin of Thomas Joyce of Milton and Marion Hopkins of Marshfield as well as several cousins in Ireland, and a host of long-time friends who became an extended family to her. Also survived by her beloved dog Pesky.
Clare's academic journey began at Msgr. Ryan High School and culminated at Boston State Teachers College, where she prepared for what would become a lifelong vocation in education. For over 35 years, Clare was a dedicated member of the Boston Public School System, serving with distinction as both a teacher and a school administrator. Her passion for teaching was only paralleled by her commitment to improving the lives of the students and colleagues she worked with, leaving an indelible mark on the countless lives she touched.
Her work extended beyond the classroom as Clare was a devoted member of St. Elizabeth's/Visitation Parish. Her service to the church spanned many years and many capacities, from volunteer roles to leadership positions. Clare's faith was the cornerstone of her existence, and her contributions were recognized when she became a past recipient of the Cheverus Award, an honor bestowed upon those who have served the Catholic Church with exceptional dedication.
Those who knew Clare best would describe her as funny, faith-filled, and kind. Her sense of humor brought joy and laughter to every gathering, and her kindness was felt by all who had the pleasure of crossing her path. Clare's faith was an inspiration to many, guiding her through life's challenges and triumphs with grace and humility.
In her leisure time, Clare enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as spending time with her family and friends, engaging in thoughtful discussions, and participating in church activities. She had an uncanny ability to make each person feel valued and loved, a testament to her compassionate nature.
Clare's departure leaves a void in the hearts of those she leaves behind, yet her legacy of love, laughter, and faith will continue to live on. Her life was a journey of giving, and the impact of her generous spirit will be felt for generations to come.
As we bid farewell to Clare Ann Joyce, we celebrate a life well-lived, full of purpose and boundless generosity. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Clare's memory will be cherished forever as a guiding light and a source of comfort to all who were touched by her extraordinary life.
May she rest in peace, knowing that her life was a testament to the beauty of a soul that truly cared for others. Clare Ann Joyce will be remembered not only for her achievements but for the love and laughter she shared, the community she built, and the faith that defined her.
Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Wednesday 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Milton Thursday morning at 10:00. Burial New Calvary Cemetery, Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clare's name to a charity of your choice.