Donna Marie (Sullivan) Joyce passed away Thursday, February 28th surrounded by her loving family. She remained strong and hopeful throughout her courageous 11-month battle with a rare and inoperable form of GI cancer. She was born and raised in Methuen, MA, one of three daughters of the late Atty. Donald & Madeline Sullivan.
She was a 1963 graduate of the Presentation of Mary Academy and 1968 graduate of Boston University School of Nursing. Donna also received a Masters Degree in Nursing Education at The University of Virginia in 1969. Subsequently, she was accepted into The University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1979, but changed plans and moved to CT as a result of her husband accepting a legal position at GE Corporate headquarters in Fairfield.
She obtained a Masters in Public Health at Yale University after she moved to CT. After several years working at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, she had a long career in healthcare administration as the Vice President of The Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.
Donna generously gave back to each community that she lived in. She was on the Board of Education in Easton, a parishioner of Notre Dame, as well as a member of the Garden Club there for many years. In St. John, which became her principle residence after she was retired, she was on the Board of Directors of both the Gift Hill School and The St. John School of the Arts. In Maine, where she spent summers, she was on the Board of Directors of The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust.
She enjoyed traveling, running, tennis, playing bridge, landscape gardening, reading and most of all, entertaining and enjoying the company of family and friends. Her greatest moments were those she shared with her daughters’ families and her six grandchildren in Maine and St. John.
Donna is survived by her loving husband Atty. Arthur Joyce, her daughters, Colleen and Kelly, six adoring grandchildren, a sister, Geraldine, and a nephew and nieces.
A funeral mass and reception will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Gastro Intestinal Cancer Institute http://gicancer.org.au/ or Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust http://www.rlht.org/.
— by the family