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Joyce M. Monroe

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MANCHESTER -- Joyce M. Monroe died peacefully at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on Sept. 18, 2004 after suffering a sudden heart attack. She was surrounded by family and close friends when she died.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick; a daughter, Joyce Abbott, who resides in North Wales, Pa. with her husband, Richard, and their three sons Patrick, Schuyler, and Nathan; a son, James Borocz, of Sunderland and his fiancée Lindsay Clark; a daughter, Kathleen Monroe, of San Francisco; and her sister, Marene Harof, of Atlanta, Ga., with her husband John. The Harof children - John, Edward, Michael and Marene - live throughout the country.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 8, 1943, Joyce attended school in Queens and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. She had a successful career in the fashion industry at both the retail and corporate level.

In 1986, Joyce relocated from New Jersey to Manchester with husband Patrick. They bought Wilson’s Country Clothiers, and later opened The Village Valet dry cleaners. They made their home in Sunderland.

Joyce retired from The Orvis Company, where she was a successful buyer for 10 years, sourcing products in Asia, South America, India and Canada.

Joyce pursued various creative interests, including teaching pottery at Frog Hollow Craft Center. She was also an accomplished painter, designer, actress and stage director. She is greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the First Baptist Church in Manchester from 5 to 9 p.m., during which the Rev. Wayne Bell will conduct a celebration of Joyce’s life at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Manchester Health Services.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 20, 2004
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