Mary Elizabeth "Mary Lee" Joyce

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Mystic - Mary Elizabeth Joyce, 78, of Mystic, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Lee, as her friends and family knew her, was born the youngest of four children, in Riverton, N.J., in 1934, to Mary and John Strohlein. She graduated with a degree in primary education from Glassboro State College in New Jersey. She taught first and second grades in Sierra Madre, Calif., until her marriage to Howard W. Joyce in 1959. Mary Lee and Howard moved with their family to Mystic in 1974, where they were members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her four children, Lisa Aldrich of Groton, Steven Joyce of Wallingford, Laurie Joyce of San Anselmo, Calif., and Kristen Joyce Flanagan of Madison, N.J., and her sons-in-law, Glen Aldrich, Kevin Lozaw, and Kevin Flanagan. Mary Lee also leaves 16 adoring grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Nicholas, and Peter Aldrich, Michael, Andrew, and Rachel Joyce, Jacqueline, Katrina, and Caroline Lozaw, and Kyle, Brendan, Liam, Katie, Jack, and Nolan Flanagan. She is also survived by her sister, Ann McAnulty, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mary Lee was a seamstress extraordinaire and creator of prom gowns, Halloween costumes, and endless arts and crafts. She possessed a love of interior design, art, and theater that she shared with her wonderfully blessed children and grandchildren. We love you, Mom and Grammy forever!

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Patrick's Church, 32 East Main St., Mystic. Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Cardiac Care Unit, c/o Office of Development, 365 Montauk Ave., New London, CT 06320.
Published in The Day on Dec. 12, 2012
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