Joyce H. Doody
March 2, 1934 – June 12, 2020
The family matriarch, Joyce H. Doody 86, a longtime resident of Swanzey, NH, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020 at Langdon Place of Keene.
One of thirteen children, her parents, Edgar and Marion (Smart) Madden, welcomed their daughter into the world on March 2, 1934 in Greenbush, Maine. Joyce grew up in Keene and was a 1952 graduate of Keene High School.
Early on, Joyce worked for insurance companies in Keene. After her marriage to Donald Doody of Keene, they moved to Roswell, New Mexico while he served in the Air Force.
They returned to Keene after discharge from the Air Force. After her children were grown, she worked as a bookkeeper with Fairfield Motors in Keene. Her greatest joy in life however was the many memories she created raising her family and caring for her home. She was an assistant Girl Scout leader with her daughter’s troop in Swanzey. She also served as a member of the Supervisors of the Checklist for the town of Swanzey for several years.
Joyce and her husband, Donald, enjoyed traveling. They also spent 23 years wintering at their home in Port Orange, FL. Joyce was a fierce competitor when playing cards and board games, something she truly loved to do. She also enjoyed completing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. She will be greatly missed by many, especially her four children, Linda Price and her husband, Harry, of Marlborough, Donald J. Doody, Jr. and his wife, Margie, of Keene, Ellen Orkins and her husband, Gregory, of Marlborough, Molly Melanson and her husband, Bob, of Keene; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers, John Madden and Owen Madden, both of Keene, and Lyle Madden of Florida; three sisters, Glenda Henderson of Keene, Judith Avery and Janice Parker, both of Swanzey; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Joyce was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Donald J. Doody, Sr. in 2015; five brothers, Amos Madden who died as a young child; and Edgar Madden, Milan Madden, Dennis Madden, Kermit Madden, and a sister, Marilyn Castor.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 10:00 to 11:00am at St. Bernard Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Doody’s memory to Patient Care Needs of Hospice, c/o Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431-0564.
- Linda Price (Harry), Daughter
- Donald J. Doody, Jr. (Margie), Son
- Ellen Orkins (Gregory), Daughter
- Molly Melanson (Bob), Daughter
- John Madden, Brother
- Owen Madden, Brother
- Lyle Madden, Brother
- Glenda Henderson, Sister
- Judith Avery, Sister
- Janice Parker, Sister
- Donald J. Doody, Sr., Husband (deceased)
- Amos Madden, Brother (deceased)
- Edgar Madden, Brother (deceased)
- Milan Madden, Brother (deceased)
- Dennis Madden, Brother (deceased)
- Kermit Madden, Brother (deceased)
- Marilyn Castor, Sister (deceased)
- Joyce is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Patient Care Needs of Hospice
c/o Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services PO Box 564 , Keene, New Hampshire 03431-0564
Monday, June 22, 2020
A Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, June 22, 2020
Joyce H. Doody
June 17, 2020
The Hawley family (originally from Swanzey/Richmond ,NH and still in Port Orange) send our condolences. While in NH the Doodys, Maddens, Parkers, Lefebvres and Castors were always good to us and helped our family. We appreciated all their friendships. The kids still keep in touch via social media. In fact the Doodys and the Hawleys again lived close to eachother here in FL., as well as some of Mrs. Doody's 'snowbird' family members. We, too, are grieving since we just lost Gordon's wife , Mary. They had just celebrated their 62nd anniversary days before.
Gordon (and his children Alison & David )still have good memories of Joyce and Donald, their children and of course the extended family. We hope during this sorrowful time you are able to reflect on all the people she touched (including ours). God Bless all reading this and keep in touch.
Gordon, David and Alison Hawley
June 17, 2020
Before Covid-19 disrupted our lives, I was a volunteer at LP on the unit where Joyce lived.
Her smile was contagious! She loved to follow the words to the hymns we sang every Thursday. Then, I began coming on Mondays to play Bingo. I smiled when I read that she loved games. She won at Bingo a LOT!!
Joyce was always willing to help the person next to her turn the hymn pages AND help at Bingo.
Thank you for sharing some of Joyce's life with us! It's always great to see the "back story" of our beloved elderly.
May you reach for the Peace that only Jesus can give to help you through your sadness and grief.
PS: My oldest son actually lived in Greenbush for about 12 years. Remote town!