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“Our family was saddened to learn of Joyce's passing. Joyce was our neighbor and friend for many years on Crest Ave. We remember her kind heart,...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Carolyn Doherty - Melrose, MA

“I remember Aunt Joyce and Uncle Jim (as we called them then) and Matt and young Jim coming to Reading to visit us and other family members in the...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Brennan - Olney, MD

“My dear Aunt Joyce will always have a special place in my heart. Her love and support and humor was a blessing in my life . God Bless you Aunt...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Alice Kuhns - Hamburg, PA

“Meet Joyce back in the mid 80's at Dotti Ridley home in Maine and we hit it off from the word GO. At the time i was just married to Dotti grand...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Steve & Paulette O'Dowd - Lima, OH

“To all of Joyce's family our condolences. Bruce and I would like to extend our sincere heartfelt condolences in the passing of a wonderful lady. ...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Bruce and Joan Carmichael - NH

“Aunti Joyce was always so good and accepting of me. When my mom passed away she was such a comfort. As a funny story, one time at camp she had a...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Margaret Tripp - Brunswick, ME

“going to miss you "MA" Foley. RIP ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Spencer Jones

“Dear Cathy and Family, There are people who I will always remember fondly, and 'Joycee', as I called her - is one of them. A smile or a laugh is...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Kenny Lynch - Tampa, FL - Friend

“Dear Jimmy, Matt and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have many fond memories of her from our St. Mary's days. I ran into...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Nancy Walsh Giannetto - Saugus, MA

“Sandy and family, I am sorry to hear about your mother. I ran into her years ago at the hospital had some laughs recalling our antics from when we...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Nancy Merrill MacLeod - AZ

“Dear Cathy and family, I was shocked to hear the news of your mom. I have so many wonderful memories of your mom helping us at every dance recital...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Patty O'Donnell - Reading, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: John W. & John H. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew


Joyce E. (McFarland) Foley, of Melrose, died at home on Dec. 6, 2012 at the age of 82. Joyce was born in Sanford, ME and raised in Springvale, ME, where she played in the high school marching band, sang, and performed in school theatre productions. She attended Curry College where she studied theatre. Joyce played the xylophone, drums and piano. She loved music, especially jazz and the blues, and was a singer who later in life sang in choruses. Everyone enjoyed being around Joyce because of her warmth, her wit and her great sense of humor. She enjoyed the beach, especially Long Beach in Rockport where family and friends gathered annually to enjoy each other's company and Joyce's lobster rolls. She also enjoyed going to the theatre, movies, jazz concerts, keeping in touch with family and friends, sending cards and, especially, babies. She was "Nana" to many and baby sat for all of her family and many friends and neighbors. She was the beloved wife of the late James G. Foley for 40 years. Loving mother of Michael Elgart of Wakefield, Sandy Swain & her husband David of NH, Scott Elgart & his wife Marie of Melrose, Lisa Wilder & her husband Gregg of NH, Jim Foley & his wife Kathryn of Hopedale, Matthew Foley & his girlfriend Pamela Maguire of Everett and Cathy Kennedy & her husband James of Byfield. Caring sister of the late Lenore Wong and Violet Carmichael. Also survived by 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. She enjoyed the loving companionship of the late Walter Libby for the past 10 years. A funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Tuesday, Dec. 18th at 11AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joyce's name to the charity of your choice.