Joyce Harris

Obituary of Joyce Harris

Essex Junction,

Joyce A. Harris, 86, of Whitcomb Woods passed away peacefully Sunday April 8, 2018 in the University of VT Medical Center in Burlington.

Joyce was born June 16, 1931 in Ticonderoga, NY, the daughter of the late Clifton and Eva Quebec Sousie.  She graduated from Burlington High School with the Class of 1950 and on December 9, 1950 she married Sam Harris in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Burlington. Sam predeceased her on April 21, 2002.

While living in Essex she served her community as a Selectperson from 1980 to 1983. She and Sam lived for a while in Fairfax where she enjoyed being a parishioner of St. Luke Catholic Church and singing in the church choir. A very caring and giving person, Joyce enjoyed volunteering at the Northwest Medical Center. Her hobbies included ceramics and painting by number and playing Bingo at her senior apartment complex where she especially loved winning and enjoying the food prepared for her.

Joyce is survived by her children, Kathleen Benoit and her husband Gary of Jericho and Samuel Wayne Harris and his wife Betty of Fremont, NH; Her grandchildren, Thomas Cota, Krista Smith, Eric Harris, Mysty Olson, Tristan and Christopher Harris; Her great grandchildren, Kelly, Mason, Austin, Camden, Dominack and Marissa and Mason C., Sam, Jackson and Tucker Harris, and Trey Martin and one great great grandson; Her sister, Anne Fagga and her husband, Frank of Burlington; Her sisters in law. Blanche Zeno and Loretta Sousie; Several nieces, nephews and many good friends. 

She was predeceased by her son, Mark and her daughter in law Kathleen Harris; Her brothers, Clifton, Robert and Richard Sousie.

Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 4 to 7 pm in the Minor Funeral Home, Route 7 in Milton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 12th at 10 am in St. Lawrence Catholic Church on West Street in Essex Junction.

Memorial Contributions may be made to either the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-9813 or to the Franklin County Animal Rescue Association, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT  05478