SWANTON — Joyce Winifred Fiske, 93, died peacefully at The Vermont Respite House in Williston on April 16, 2014.
Joyce was born on June 17, 1920 in Hitchens, England to Eric and Gladys Freeman. She graduated from Hitchens Girls Grammar School in June 1936 and Business School in June, 1938. While in England, Joyce worked for several companies including Spirella Company, Cox and Danks. At the start of World War II, Joyce did her civic service at Pob Joys, an airplane factory. Following the war, she worked for Chryseclo Company, a manufacturer of lamps. During the war, Joyce met David Fiske and they were married on August 30, 1943. Joyce came to Vermont in 1945. Joyce and David divorced in 1953. Joyce held various positions in the Swanton/St. Albans area. Some of those workplaces include: The St. Albans Messenger Office, Associated Hotels and Dubois and Taylor. Joyce also worked as a waitress at several area restaurants.
Over time, Joyce attended both Swanton Christian Church and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. At Holy Trinity, she was a longtime leader and attendee of Morning Prayer as well as a faithful lector and participant in the 8 a.m. Sunday Service.
Joyce was an avid reader and enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. She was also a fabulous knitter and made many scarves, sweaters, blankets and dish clothes. Anyone who received one of her creations felt very special and loved. Joyce also loved the written word and enjoyed sending and receiving notes in the mail.
Joyce had a soft spot in her heart for animals and was known to leave food for stray cats on the landing outside her apartment.
She leaves her loving feline companion, Spunky and a close-knit circle of friends both within and outside Swanton.
Joyce’s friends wish to thank the staff and volunteers at The Vermont Respite House for the many kindnesses and excellent care they provided Joyce and Spunky.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m., at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 38 Grand Avenue in Swanton, VT.
Memorial Donations in Joyce’s honor may be sent to the ASPCA, the Champlain Human Society, Alley Cats or The Vermont Respite House.