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Joyce M. (Stickens) Creesy, 82, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born in Beverly to the late Evelyn (Gatchell) and Herbert Stickens, she lived her entire life in Beverly. After high school she worked at the United Shoe and Machinery, Corp. in Beverly. After raising her four children, she became a companion for the elderly and, during elections, was the warden for Ward 6. Joyce was a volunteer at Beverly Hospital on the maternity floor for over 30 years, and also spent time volunteering at the Ipswich Animal Shelter. She loved her grandchildren, her great-grandchild, her dogs, spending time at her camp in Maine, trips to Foxwoods, and a good game of Kings in the Corner. She had a devoted group of friends with whom she played in the Beverly Farms Women’s Golf League, Bowling League, and softball team. Each 4th of July they would enter a float in the Beverly Farms Horribles Parade. As a devoted member of St. Peter’s Church, Beverly she sang in the choir and was involved in various outreach programs.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Creesy, also of Beverly, as well as her four children, William Creesy and partner Mary Lyness of Swampscott, daughter, Brenda Soares and husband, David of Atkinson, N.H., daughter Barbara Alexander and husband, James of Rowley and daughter Wendy Gannon and husband, Kevin of Beverly, with whom she lived for the past 14 years. She will be greatly missed by her seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Joyce also leaves her sister, Elaine McIntyre and husband Daniel, of Troy, N.Y.
Her funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly, followed by interment at the Beverly Farms Cemetery. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (act.alz.org/donate), Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 (caredimensions.org) or to St. Peter’s Church. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Masconomet Health Care facility and Care Dimensions Hospice for the wonderful care provided to Joyce in her final days, along with the many individuals from Visiting Angels who came into her home over the past 10 years to care for her. Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  August 25, 2017
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