Joy K. (Vandgrift) Reuss Sheldon, age 75, passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at her residence in Swansea. She was the wife of Robert V. Sheldon to whom she had been married for the past 20 years and was previously married to the late David W. Reuss until his passing in 2003.
Born in Salem, MA, she was the daughter of the late George and Barbara (Chipman) Vandgrift. She was a longtime resident of Swansea.
Anyone who knew Joy would say her name went with her personality. She was always cheerful and ready to help anyone in an instant, expecting nothing in return. Joy graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to earn master’s degrees in english and psychology from Providence College. She worked as a school counselor for 33 years for the Town of Swansea, before retiring in 2005. An avid reader, she had enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one cousin, Susan Monet and many close friends.
Her funeral will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 10:00AM, in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardner’s Neck Rd, Swansea. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery, Swansea.