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Joyce Bordeaux

BURLINGTON -- Joyce Bordeaux died at home in the company of friends on Oct. 16, 2003 with the Red Sox and Yankees tied in the 11th inning. She viewed the end of the game from a better seat. Joyce had a very happy, excellent childhood in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., daughter of Alice (Cain) and C. George Bordeaux, both deceased. Active in the Episcopal Church and sports, she began work of child, animal, and floral care at an early age. A tomboy who loved nature, she also discovered her love of her father’s typewriter, foundry, garden, and her mother’s fairness, teachings and cooking.

With strong leadership roles in school, avid reading, and as a summer governess of four children, they held her in good stead for Simmonds College and Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. She did not have the health or stamina for the rigors of nursing, and, after N.Y.C. secretarial school, she became an executive secretary at Fairchild Publications and secretary to the director of admissions at Columbia College. After five years, during which she suffered an assault and three apartment robberies, she moved to Vermont to work at Mad River Glen in Fayston, before moving to San Francisco. By this time she had seen most of Europe and all of the United States except Alaska. Choosing between Vermont and Zurich, Switzerland for her permanent home, she chose Burlington due to language, and graduated with a B.S. in education from the University of Vermont in 1971, where her best course was Philosophy.

After a disastrous hospital stay with neurological damages, Joyce married for a short time and taught kindergarten for nine and a half years in Shelburne, loving her job. She resumed figure skating, becoming a test skater, U.S. figure skating beginning judge and CVSC board member.

Joyce became disabled in 1980. In 1983 she moved to Greece and Switzerland, staying three years and began her book. She moved to Wilmington, N.C., then to Vermont to care for her mother.

In her later life, in Vermont, she visited nursing homes, was program director for the local AARP chapter, helped the Humane Society, was apartment house secretary, took painting classes, attended two bible study classes, joined Traumatic Brain Injury of Vermont, and continued her quest to find a publisher for her book “Black Boxes: Conspiracies of Medical and Environmental Malpractice.”

Joyce had a full, good, rich, Christian life. She is survived by her sister, Anne B. Douglass of Charlottesville, Va.; a niece and nephew, Gail Douglass and Jeff Douglass; several wonderful, valued relatives and friends; a brotherly cousin, Richard K. Niles of Prince Edward Island, Canada; a sisterly cousin, Elinor N. Gottlieb of Glens Falls, N.Y., and friend Becky Arnold of Essex Junction. Special thanks to Bill Daniello of Burlington, friends at Phone Assure, VNA Hospice and Professional Nurses.

Her body has been donated to UVM Medical School and in two years her ashes will go to Hinckley, Maine and Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church of Shelburne, P.O. Box 9, for youth summer camp scholarships or Death with Dignity Vermont, 708 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT. A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Road, in Shelburne Vt., reception to follow.

Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 21, 2003
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