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Journalist Marie Elizabeth Joyce died peacefully December 29, 2014, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, from metastatic breast cancer. She was 49.Joyce was born May 13, 1965, in Buffalo, NY. She grew up in Marleton, NJ, and graduated from Camden Catholic High School. She attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she was the editor in chief at The Cavalier Daily, a student newspaper, a post that earned her a prestigious room on the Lawn. Joyce graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1987.Joyce worked as a reporter at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. from 1987 to 1994. She covered medicine at The Virginian-Pilot from 1994 to 1999. Joyce won a dozen awards for her writing from the Virginia Press Association while working for these two newspapers, including first-place prizes for spot news writing, features and a series. Her 1993 series about breast cancer, called "A Woman's Story," won Best in Show, the association's highest honor. She also won first place in the feature writing category in 1998 for a story called, "A Partnership for Life," about Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones, who pioneered the field of in-vitro fertilization.Joyce traveled to Africa as a Knight International Press Fellow from 2000 to 2001, where she trained journalists in Lusaka, Zambia. Joyce worked as a free-lance writer and volunteer for many organizations after she returned from Africa. Her volunteer projects included tutoring schoolchildren in writing at the Museum of Unnatural History, the Washington branch of the 826 Project. She was also a fellow with the Organization for America, a Democratic group, from 2013 to 2014.Joyce is survived by her partner of 25 years, Andrew G. Mosher, of Washington; her parents, Phillip and Mary Joyce of Marleton, N.J.; and her brother, Thomas Joyce. She will also be missed by her four dogs and 11 cats. Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Martha's Table of Washington.

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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 1, 2015.
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January 30, 2015
I have many memories of Marie from CCHS. She was one of the kindest and smartest people I've ever known. Heaven definitely gained another special person. RIP my old friend.
Maureen (McTaggart) Malechuk
January 26, 2015
I am sorry I cannot be there for the celebration of Marie's life. She is in my heart and prayers as are you, Andy, and all of Marie's family. We worked together at the Pilot and I have many happy memories of her. She was such a support to me, too, when my mom and then my dad passed in '98 and '00.
Patty Dooley Horansky
January 17, 2015
Marie and I were classmates back in high school, and I will always treasure her for her intelligence and razor sharp wit. At a time when it seemed most of us were trying to figure out who we were, Marie already seemed to know. We stayed in touch through our college years but then life took us out of each other's orbits. She was never far from my thoughts as I always think of her whenever I drive past Erindale Drive. I wish I could have told her how impressed I am by her many accomplishments since college. I always knew she would do great things. I was honored to call her my friend. All my love and prayers to her family and loved ones.
David Burns
January 9, 2015
My deepest, deepest condolences uncle Phil, aunt Mary and Tom...she rests with many great people now!
Eileen Fitzpatrick
January 6, 2015
Aunt Mary, Uncle Phil and Tom
Know that my prayers along with Mary are in our hearts and we are ofering special prayer and masses for you all
Jack Ladouceur
January 3, 2015
Rest in Peace Marie and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon You.
With Deepest Sympathy,
CCHS Class of 1983
January 3, 2015
Aunt Veronica
My love to all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Aunt veronica
January 3, 2015
Aunt Mary, Uncle Phil, Tom,
So sorry for your loss.
I had found some stories Marie wrote, what a great writer! I am in awe of her accomplishments!
Yes, Renee was also jealous of those boots as were most of us girl cousins I am sure!
You are all in our thoughts and prayers,
Judy, Eric and Family
January 3, 2015
Marie made a difference in her life. My sympathy to the entire Joyce family.
Gene Foreman
January 2, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Joyce and Tom,
I was friends with Marie (and you, too, Tom) way back at Camden Catholic. Although I was only able to reconnect with Marie recently through the magic of Facebook, she is such an important part of many, many wonderful band memories and some really fun weekends back in high school. She gave me countless rides home in her VW beetle and I told her that I always felt bad I could never reciprocate, and I will never forget what she told me: Pay it forward. I have tried to live up to that when I could! She was quite a amazing person back then and apparently continued that throughout her life. She will be greatly missed.
Karen Neidig Scott
January 2, 2015
My deepest, sincerest sympathy goes out to you, Uncle Phil, Aunt Mary, Tom and Andy. It is so hard to have words of comfort at such a sad time. Marie was an exceptional young woman and you all had a part in making her so. My family is keeping you all in prayer at this difficult time and I will leave you with this...
Psalm 71:20-22
You have let me see troubles and hard times, but you will give me new life; You will help me do even greater things. You will comfort me again!
Patty O'Toole
January 2, 2015
Mary, Phil & Tom - Until I can hug each of you, I pray that God will enfold you in his peace. Marie was such a talented person who accomplished much in her too short life. She not only used those talents for her chosen field, but also to help those less fortunate. I remember the bright, promising child and the enthusiastic, energetic young woman and pray that you can too. Let those memories help you through this awful time.
Aunt Michaela
January 1, 2015
Marie was such a talented writer and a witty woman. And I will never forget her wonderful laugh. I am sorry to say that I had not seen her in many years, but I enjoyed working with her as a journalist at The Free Lance-Star and spending time with her as a friend. She was far too young to go and will be greatly missed. My sincerest condolences to Andy, her family and all who loved her.
Kate Krishnamurthy
January 1, 2015
Sheila Joyce
January 1, 2015
Uncle Phil and Aunt Mary, I am heartbroken for you. You are open-minded, kind-hearted parents, and Marie knows she was much loved by you. Tom, you are a stalwart son and brother, and I know you will be there for your parents. Remember to take care of yourself. Ted and I love you all.

Andy, it was at least 20 years ago when you told me that you fell in love with Marie because she was the smartest woman you had ever met. It said much about you and your relationship with Marie; it was both romantic and respectful, and I knew it was exactly what Marie would want from her life partner. I'm sorry for your loss.

Marie, I promise I will always be jealous of those white-patent-leather knee-high boots and the smiley-face, cross-body patent-leather pocketbook. And I will miss you very much. Love and Peace.
Patty Joyce
January 1, 2015
How very proud I am as I remember young, grinning Marie to know she is so well defined here as she would have most wanted.. Time for charity, time for jobs that are just as meaningful, and time for pets that kept her smiling! You will be missed Marie. God bless you.
Angela Joyce
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