Joyce Connor Thibodeau

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Joyce Connor Thibodeau

August 07, 1932 - October 28, 2018

Joyce Connor Thibodeau Marblehead - Joyce Conner Thibodeau, a lifelong resident of Marblehead, Mass., died at Sunrise Gardner Park in Peabody on October 28, 2018, following an illness. She leaves a daughter Christiane Abbott; son-in-law Mark Abbott; and granddaughter Brooke Abbott, all of Cos Cob, Conn.
Joyce was born in Marblehead on August 7, 1932, to Hannah Cronin and Ralph E. Conner at the Mary Alley Hospital. A true “Marbleheader,” she grew up on Orne Street and enjoyed lifelong friendships with her classmates and neighbors. Her older brother, Ralph “June” predeceased her. Joyce loved the ocean and spent time out on the water with her father, a Little Harbor lobsterman, sailing and swimming at Gas House Beach. She loved sports, playing varsity field hockey and basketball. A graduate of Marblehead High School, class of 1950, she attended Virginia Intermont College, and the University of Maine, majoring in Chemistry.
While working at New England Spectro Chemical Analysis Lab, she met Rodrigue Thibodeau. The two “bonded” over research in product testing and forensic investigative work. They were married June 9, 1957 and moved to Marblehead where they lived for their married life. Joyce spent many years working for the Marblehead school system as a classroom and special-education aide. After retiring, Joyce and Rod enjoyed supporting local organizations, travel in New England, and visits to Conn., doggy sitting for their grand-dog Bijoux.

A funeral service will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street on Saturday, November 10, at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to: The Lobster Conservancy—working to sustain a thriving lobster fishery through science and community—located in Friendship, Maine,, or to the Massachusetts Humane Society —caring for animals in need—located in Braintree, Mass., To share a memory of Joyce or to offer a condolence to her family, please visit
Published on November 6, 2018
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Caroline (Chicki)Curtis
Nov 07, 2018
So sorry to hear of Joyce passing.She was a truly unique and interesting lady., My sympathy to Chris and her family.Cant drive by the house without thinking of her.
Steve Houtz
Nov 06, 2018
So sorry to hear about Joyce's passing. She and my mother, Dottie Briggs Houtz, were best friends growing up. I had a great visit with her and Rod when I was there for my uncle Charlie Briggs funeral six years ago. Please know our prayers are with your family during this challenging time.
Maribeth Rentz Barrell
Nov 06, 2018
My sincere condolences to Joyce's family. I have many fond memories of Joyce. She enjoyed working with young children and she was my assistant at the Eveleth School in Marblehead beginning in 1986. Joyce was so kind and patient with the five year olds and helped them create many treasures. Joyce and I also enjoyed spending time together outside of school at the Wenham Tea House, Rockmore Floating Restaurant and & Gas House Beach. Joyce was like a local grandmother to my daughter, Anna & she attended her school 'Grandparent' Days. This was so kind of Joyce because my parents lived in upstate NY.