Joyce was married to John P. Hickey who celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on April 19, 2015.
She was the daughter of the late John F. and Agnes Casey of Methuen, MA.
Joyce moved to Methuen, MA when she was three. She attended local schools graduating from St. Augustine’s Grammar School, Lawrence, MA in 1943 and from St. Mary’s High School, Lawrence, MA in 1947. Upon her graduation she received the Gold Medal for Excellence. She also attended Emmanuel College in Boston.
She was employed in the business office of Merrimack College in N. Andover for several years until her marriage to John P. Hickey in April 1951. They spent their honeymoon in Norfolk, VA where she remained while her husband served aboard the USS Mississippi. In August of 1952, she returned to Methuen, MA to await the arrival of their first born, Barbara.
The family then moved to Nashua, NH and purchased their first home in 1958. While there she was employed as a billing clerk at Nashua Memorial Hospital. Another move to N. Chelmsford in 1963 where they built their home and raised three children. Barbara wife of James Kelleher, of Enfield, NH, Daniel, and Cary Hickey of Sandown, NH and Susan, wife of Robert Eldridge of Portland Oregon.
Joyce continued her hospital work until her retirement in June 1994 by being employed for 31 years at the Lowell General Hospital as a secretary in the Laboratory.
Besides her husband and her children, Joyce is survived by 3 sisters, Lee Pekarski of Lawrence, MA, Kathleen Carter of Dracut, MA and Joan Stewart of West Newbury, MA; 2 brothers, John Casey of North Carolina and Robert and his wife Carol Casey of Londonderry, NH; and 9 grandchildren, Kristen Kelleher of Manchester, NH Kathryn Kelleher of Quincy, MA, and James and his wife Janeen Kelleher of Boston, MA, Erin wife of Andrew McCabe of Lowell, MA, Daniel and Kyle Hickey of Sandown, NH, Nathan, husband of Michelle, Brett and Evan Eldridge, all of Portland, OR. She is also survived by two great grandchildren, Liam Michael Eldridge of Portland, OR and Emmett Daniel McCabe of Lowell, MA as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours Wed. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Thurs. at 8:00 a.m. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial Fairview Cemetery, N. Chelmsford. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 www.alzmass.org. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.