Joyce Matthews

Joyce V. Matthews (Johnson)

Saturday, February 2nd, 1929 - Friday, June 5th, 2020
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Eastport – Joyce V. Matthews, 91, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Joyce was born in Eastport on February 2, 1929, daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Peel) Johnson.

Joyce was raised in Eastport and worked at Guilford Mill for many years. On October 30, 1952, she married Clarence Matthews in Perry. She loved taking care of children and was proud to be a Foster Mother. Joyce was Baptist by faith and currently was attending the Second Baptist Church in Calais.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Matthews; a grandson Matthew Neptune; great-granddaughter, Bobbi Pendleton; four sisters, Jane Schantz, Patricia Rier, Maxine Seeley, and her twin sister Geraldine Scadova; and a step-son Clarence “Chuck” Matthews and his wife Ada. Surviving are her four children, Brenda Neptune and husband Sabatis of Pleasant Point, David Matthews and wife Lupe of Laughlin, NV, Michael Matthews and wife Juanita of East Machias, and George Matthews of Calais; a step-son Richard Matthews and wife Linda of AZ; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Ina Lank of CT, and Ruth McCarthy of FL; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Hillside Cemetery in Eastport. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    Hillside Cemetery
    High St
    EASTPORT, ME 04631
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Matt Burden
  • Interment

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    Hillside Cemetery
    High St
    EASTPORT, ME 04631
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Cathy Lank Mills

Posted at 10:07am
Aunt Joyce,
I remember the story of how you and dad raced to Aunt Maxine's to tell her the news I was born. We lived in Eastport with Grampy and Grammy Johnson. My grandparents had gone to Pennsylvania to help Aunt Jane out with little Ronnie and newborn Jody who was bone two weeks before me. I have many wonderful memories of visiting you during the summers. You were so welcoming. I always remember the love and how sweet and kind you were. I'll miss you. I'll keep you in my heart til we meet on that beautiful shore in the sweet by and by. I love you!

Cadence Grenier

Posted at 05:11pm
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Blanche Barnes

Posted at 03:30pm
I was lucky enough to see Joyce a couple of months ago. I worked with Joyce for quite a few years along with many of my friends. Joyce called us the kids (we are now all 65 or older) but for any of you that knew Joyce you will believe me when I say she acted worse than any of us "kids". If we got in trouble it usually could be traced back to Joyce, we all loved her. She knew how to tell a story and most of them were true. She may have embellished "just a bit". We heard lots of stories about her and her sisters and the good times they shared. I will always be grateful to have known her and her family. I will always remember her giggle.

Ina Johnson Lank

Posted at 01:33pm
What wonderful warm memories I have of you, Clarence and family. Picnics at Edmund's Park, walks uptown with Mike and Skip in strollers, visiting with Pat in Lubec. Never a time that you didn't greet us with warm smiles and "flaky pastries". You sure did like your "Lila" donuts! I will miss you always but know that you are in a far better place. Until we meet again.
Sister Ina

Sally Doten

Posted at 11:23am
Rest in peace, Joyce. I will always remember your sweet face from church. Fly with the angels!

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