Joyce Skinner Hirtle
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HIRTLE, Joyce Skinner Of Lexington died peacefully on January 11th. She was the wife of Parker Hirtle and the mother of two sons: John of N. Hollywood CA and Timothy of Arlington MA. She had one granddaughter, Shari Hirtle of N. Hollywood CA. Joyce was the last survivor of three Skinner sisters, Marjorie (Fralick), Joyce, and Dorothy. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1943, earned a BA degree from Boston University, and became an automobile claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual and then Lumberman's Mutual insurance companies. When her son Timothy was diagnosed with learning disabilities she went back to school and earned a masters degree in special education from Lesley College. For many years after this she taught children with special needs at Brackett School in Arlington. While at BU Joyce joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority and attended meetings after graduation until problems with Altzheimer's disease made it impractical. She was deeply involved in women's affairs, was an active member of the Lexington Area NOW, and was president 1982-83. Joyce was married to Parker Hirtle for 62 years and was his treasured shipmate for almost 30 years of summer cruising on the coast of Maine. A memorial service will be held at the First Parish Church in Lexington at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 22. Donations in her memory may be made to Cooperative Elder Services, 9 Meriam Street, Lexington, MA 02420. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington 781-862-1800

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January 21, 2010
Dear Parker, We extend our sympathy and prayers. Joyce was very special/ I remember how she lauughed and used her hands. She so admired you. Love, Marie and Dave
January 20, 2010
Dear Parker, John and Tim,
Please accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathies. We were so happy that you were able to finish your book on the Hirtle boats and cruises along the New England coast and share it with Joyce with all of her many friends. She will be missed by all of us. Bill and Ginny Cavanaugh, Natick, Massachusetts
January 19, 2010
Parker, we are very sorry to learn of the the passing of your wife Joyce. We hope you find comfort in all those fond memories of your times together. Please accept our deepest condolences from all of us at CTA.
Gregory Tocci
January 17, 2010
John, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom must have been very special. I lost my dad last spring, and there is not a day that goes by that I don't miss him. But I also take solace in how lucky I was to have him as my dad. From her description, I am sure you can do the same. Evert Fowle
Evert Fowle
January 17, 2010
To the Hirtle family...

I send my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I remember, as a colleague in Arlington, being in Joyce's company on many occasions. She was a dedicated and respected professional. May she rest in peace.
Lauren Reiner Jastremski
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