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JOYCE A. (HOSKINS) BASILIERE - ESSEX - Joyce Alice (Hoskins) Basiliere, 84, recently of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Long Beach, Calif., passed away surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 21, 2013, in Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, after a sudden illness. Joyce was born on July 19, 1928, in Colchester, Vt., to the late Harry Hoskins and Dorothy Hoskins Fleming. She graduated from Burlington High School and earned an associate's degree from Becker Junior College. After working for the University of Vermont, she was hired by IBM in Essex Junction, Vt., in 1969, where she worked for 12 years before transferring to IBM in Boulder, Colo. She worked as an educational specialist, until her retirement in 1990. Joyce will always be remembered for her kindness and compassion. She was a member of The Daughters of Rebekah and the Eastern Stars, both service organizations, and she volunteered with the Special Olympics. She was a good-natured spirit who loved a little friendly competition, whether it was playing cribbage or Bingo. She was a lover of dogs, especially Boston Terriers. Joyce is survived by her five children, Rick Basiliere and wife, Deborah, of Berthoud, Colo., Michele "Mickey" Basiliere of Evans, Colo., Barry Basiliere and wife, Sally, of Long Beach, Calif., Babette Basiliere and longtime companion, Jim Booska, of Greeley, Colo., and W. Jay Basiliere and wife, Shaun, of Eaton, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Trumbo, Elizabeth Basiliere, Jessica Behunin, Carrie Jaeger, Bryan Applegate, Katie Baker, and Michael Basiliere, and their spouses; and nine great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Mariah, Zander, Julian, Logan, Wesley, Wyatt, Charlotte and Evelyn. She is also survived by her brother, Jack Hoskins and wife, Mae, of Melbourne, Fla.; and her ex-husband, Richard "Dick" Basiliere of Williston, Vt. She was also predeceased by beloved daughters, Suzanne and Theresa. Per Joyce's wishes, no formal funeral services will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to The Humane Society of the United States (; The Shriners Hospital for Children (; or to your local hospice care. The family does invite you to share your memories by visiting

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 3, 2013
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