Obituary: Joyce E. Ferrier, 92

Joyce E. (Doebener) Ferrier, 92, died on March 2, 2016.

Joyce E. (Doebener) Ferrier, 92, died on March 2, 2016.

Joyce E. (Doebener) Ferrier, 92, died peacefully on March 2, 2016 in Attleboro, MA.   Joyce was the wife of the late James G. Ferrier and mother of Karen Ferrier of Pittsboro, NC; James Ferrier and his wife Mary of Scituate, MA; David Ferrier and his wife Lynn of New Milford, CT; Gail Altfeter and her husband Bruce of Plainville, MA; Patricia “Tibby” VanEtten and her husband Gary of Berlin, CT and Jeanne Ferrier of Southbury, CT.

She leaves her brother Frederick William “Bill” Doebener and his wife Cristy of Marble Falls, TX; twelve grandchildren: Kelly Fuller and her husband Doug of Chapel Hill, NC; Brian Finan and his wife Brooke of Wichita, KS; Stacey O’Connor and her husband Patrick of Virginia Beach, VA; Sara O’Brien and her husband David of Manchester, CT; Amy Compagnone and her husband Christopher of Plainville, MA; Erica Wilson and her husband Brian of North Attleboro, MA; Kristen Brown and her husband Glen of Edgewater, MD; Katelyn McCandless and Eddie Cole of Southington, CT; Patrick McCandless and his fiancé Nicole Tagle of Newington, CT; Meaghan Tarver and her husband James of Middletown, CT; Liz Horta and her husband Alen of Stamford, CT;  Emily Ferrier and her husband Billy Wirasnik of Boston, MA; seventeen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce was born in Meriden, graduated from Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford and worked for the telephone company before marrying and bringing up her six children in Madison, Old Saybrook and Southington.   With her husband, she owned and operated the Yankee Homestead Colonial Furniture Store in Old Saybrook in the 1960’s.  When the children grew up she returned to the telephone company and retired in 1988.  She was singularly devoted to caring for her daughter Jeanne at their home in Southington for most of the last thirty-five years following a car accident which left Jeanne with a traumatic brain injury.  Joyce moved to senior assisted living in Attleboro in 2011 where she made many new friends and enjoyed the social activities, particularly daily bingo.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Joyce’s late husband and her daughter Jeanne, donations may be made to the ALS Foundation, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250 Washington, DC 20005 or to the Jeanne Ferrier Special Needs Trust, c/o Patricia VanEtten, Trustee, 319 New Britain Road Unit #318, Berlin, CT 06037.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. A Catholic prayer service will be held at 12 noon at the Plantsville Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington. For online condolences and directions, please visit

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