Joy Stewart Rice, 77, of Newton, Massachusetts died May 4, 2013. She passed away peacefully at home following a long illness. She is survived by Frank Rice, her husband of 48 years, and her four children, David (Beth) Engelsman of Merrimack, NH; Laura (Beth Everts) Rice of Watertown, MA; Leslie (Michael) Moran of Albany, NY; and Jamie (Stephanie) Rice of Walpole, MA. Born in 1935, Joy was a graduate of Lasell College (class of 1955) and remained active with the Lasell Alumni programs until her death. She was a 1990 recipient of the Lasell Medallion, the highest honor bestowed to alumni for distinguished service to the college or society and has brought honor to the name of Lasell. Before her retirement she spent nearly two decades working in real estate in the greater Boston area, in various roles including as a licensed real estate broker and appraiser. Since her retirement, she wa s a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the Auburndale Community Library. Her love of books and reading was something she shared with her children and grandchildren. Joy also had a lifelong love for the arts and was a long time member of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She and her husband were also avid fans of Boston University and Babson College hockey. In addition to her husband and children, Joy is survived by six grandchildren, Taylor, Emma and Sara Engelsman, and Mark, Erika and Kayla Rice, her brother Don Webb (Karen) Stewart and brother Greg Stewart, as well as many nieces and nephews. Her family would like to thank the staff of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd for their compassion and dedicated care given to Joy over the past several months, and especially to Joe Castro, Katie Kelly and Maryl Schapiro. A service to celebrate Joy s life will be held at St. Marys Episcopal Church on Concord Street in Newton MA on Thursday, May 9th, at 1pm. The service will be followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, Joy requested that people wanting to make contributions could make d onations in her memory to: Lasell College, 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466; Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2042 Beacon S treet, Newton, MA 02468-1431; or the Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn treet, Auburndale, MA 02466.
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Published in The Newton Tab from May 7 to May 14, 2013