Joye Ann Levesque
25 August, 1929 – 14 October, 2020
Joye Ann Levesque (née Cleveland) passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 14 with her husband and children by her side. She was 91 years young. Joye was a dedicated wife, devoted mother, loving grandmother, and enthusiastic great-grandmother.
Joye was born in Skowhegan, Maine on August 25, 1929 to Dwight and Hazel Cleveland along with her sister Betty, who died in 2001.She met her husband, JMA “Al” Levesque, on the pier at Old Orchard Beach. She was cold; he offered her his arm, his sweater, and, before long, an engagement ring. She and Al built a family and a home together in Auburn, Maine with a summer cottage on Taylor Pond.
Joye enjoyed to travel, and went on trips to Hawaii, Florida and the Bahamas through Al’s work with Allstate Insurance Company. The couple eventually winterized their cottage and retired there, where they enjoyed watching the sunrise over the water each morning and social activities at the Taylor Pond Yacht Club. She and Al spent the last 25 winters in Fort Pierce, Florida, where they owned a home by the beach. She liked to go for walks, collect seashells, swim in the pool, play bocce and golf, and socialize with her many friends. They moved to Highland Green in Topsham in 2008, to be closer to their children. Al still resides there, on the third hole of the golf course. Joye and Al, 94, were married for 69 years. She once said that the secret to their strong marriage was the ritual of sharing a bowl of ice cream together every night. That’s how Joye lived her life: taking pleasure in simple joys shared with those whom she loved the most.
Joye loved attending the Maine State Music Theater, wearing her favorite bright pink lipstick, and shopping with her girlfriends. A devout Catholic, Joye was a member of All Saints Parish.
She is celebrated by her husband, Al; her children, Linda Levesque, of Brunswick, John Levesque, and his husband Marc Gup, of Portland, Mary London, and her husband Kevin, of Topsham, and James Levesque, of Charlotte, NC; her grandchildren, Ian London and his wife Erin of Steamboat Springs, CO, and Ellen London Crane and her husband Ben of Boston, MA; and great-granddaughter Aurora Crane of Boston, MA; along with several nieces and friends in Maine and Florida.
The family extends its deepest gratitude to Joye's caregivers: the compassionate teams from Comfort Keepers and CHANS Hospice, and Dr. Sarah Davis.
Mass at St. Mary’s in Bath on Saturday, October 31 at 4pm will be said in Joye’s memory. Donations in her name may be made to: CHANS Home Health & Hospice, Catholic Charities Maine, and the Biden Victory Fund.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Crosman Funeral Home 40 Main St. Lisbon Falls. Please visit www.crosmanfuneralhome.com to leave heart felt messages to Joye’s family and friends.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Joye Ann Levesque
26 November 2020
So many times I have thought of your mother. I remember she always let me eat the left over salad after your supper when I came over to play with Linda and “Johnny.” I remember Friday nights she’d make popcorn and we’d watch the Flinstones. I remember her warm smile, and gentleness. When my dad died and we had his service at the Unitarian Church in Brunswick your mom and dad both were there in the front of the church. I got up to say some words about my dad and while I was speaking I looked at your mom. Her eyes were closed, and she was smiling just a little. She looked very peaceful and I was sure that her thoughts were of when we were all young kids playing together every day. I thought of her as quiet yet strong. I loved her and will always remember her in my childhood memories. I will be thinking of you all especially through the holidays. The “firsts” are the hardest.
26 October 2020
Dear Al, Linda and family,
Sincere Sympathy and prayers for you in memory of your wife and mother. We enjoyed her spirit and company at our gatherings and times together, especially at our Super Bowl parties 🏈🎉!
Thank you for allowing us to visit her when she was ill. A sweet, quiet personality, her kind smile, always made us feel loved.
Thank you, Al and Linda for our many days together on the golf courses, especially at Vista Plantation on Friday’s.
Joye and you remain in our fond memories and our prayers.
RIP JOYE! ❤️🙏🏻
Love, Ellen Manning and Bob Chalifoux