1938 - 2016
Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
DOWNS, JOY ANDERSON Joy Anderson Downs, 77, of North Haven, wife of John E. Downs, passed away peacefully after a long illness with her loving husband of 46 years by her side on Monday, March 7, 2016 at Connecticut Hospice. Joy was born October 8, 1938 in Bristol. She was the daughter of two proud parents, the late A. Leroy and Edna Claflin Anderson. Joy graduated from Bristol High School and from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in History (1960) and the University of Bridgeport with a Master’s Degree in Guidance (1965). She worked as a Social Studies Teacher at Branford Junior High School (1960-65), Guidance Counselor at Amity Junior High School (1965-70), and a Retail Associate at Talbots in Hamden (1990-2003). Joy married John E. Downs in April of 1969 and was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Joy loved to work in her garden and to entertain. She and John were the hosts to many elaborate tailgate parties at the Yale Bowl. Joy loved to travel with her husband from the East Coast to the West, and many states in-between. They enjoyed visiting Canada, Sweden, Denmark, England, Bermuda, Nova Scotia, and her favorite Paris, France. Some of their best times were exploring the State of Maine together and sitting by the lake in Lincolnville. Joy was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where she served on the Altar Guild and held various positions on the Church Council. She was also a past President of the Lioness Club of New Haven. She was the beloved mother to Kristen (Al) Bruno of Seymour and Andrew (Lisa) Downs of Dover, NH. She adored her three grandchildren, Anthony and Katie Bruno, and Olive Joleen Downs. She is also survived by her brother, John Anderson, and her dear nieces, Rachael Anderson Williams and Erica Anderson Warburton. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Friday, March 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. A Funeral Service celebrating Joy’s life will take place at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Church on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405 or Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Memorial Fund, 3680 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518-1516. To send a condolence please see obituary at

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Published by The New Haven Register from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2016.
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Joy's name defined her personality....a wide smile and laugh at all times. Our friendship started as workmates at Talbots and carried over into our retirements.
It was my privilege to know her. I will miss her.
Sheila peckingham
March 11, 2016
On behalf of her classmates and friends at Bates College we express our deepest feelings to Joy's family and friends upon hearing of her death. Joy was a beloved student and an inspiration to many of us who knew her.

Dean Skelley
President, Class of 1960
Bates College
Lewiston, Maine
March 11, 2016
My Mother. Eileen Ferguson worked with Joy at Talbots. Joy, Marge, Sheila and Eileen were like high school girls when they spent time together, they had fun. Joy was so kind to me during my Mother's illness and comforted me when she passed. I will think of Joy with a smile and pray for peace in your hearts. With sincere sympathy, Elizabeth Ferguson Deane
Elizabeth Deane
March 10, 2016
I met Joy many years ago while shopping at Talbots. She was such a wonderful person. We shared so many stories about life, love and even heartaches. I was touched deeply when my mom passed several years ago and received a sympathy card from her. The message she wrote was so heartfelt. I still have that card. Such an amazing woman!
March 10, 2016
My sincere sympathy to John and their children. Joy was such a wonderful person. Sorry to hear of her death.
Barbara Douglas
March 9, 2016
John, Joy sounds like a wonderful person and your life together enviable. My sympathy to you and your family. Gayle Larke clancey
Gayle Larke
March 9, 2016
Joy lived into her name in a way that was inspiring. I will miss her.
Pastor Daphne Burt
March 9, 2016
Joy was such a pleasure to meet at Talbots. We shared mny moments together chatting about our lives. She was a women to be admired in many ways. She left this world much to soon. My sympathy to the entire family.. You should be so proud of the legacy she left behind ..kind, , honest and just a great lady!
March 9, 2016
We treasure your friendship and the wonderful memories we shared over the years. May you rest in peace until we meet again.
Kerry & Rick Hunter
March 9, 2016
Joy had a personality that was contagious. We had many wonderful chats at Talbots. She was a pleasure to meet. My sympathy to the entire family. She was a great lady! RIP Joy...
Madelyn Boni
March 9, 2016
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