OBITUARY: Joyce P. (Murray) Rogers Wise

Below is an obituary from Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Joyce P. (Murray) Rogers Wise, passed peacefully Wednesday, December 8th, in the Memory Care Unit at Windsor Place of Wilmington, MA, where she had been a much loved resident during these last four years.

She had resided the previous thirty years in Merrimac, MA with her beloved late husband, William D. “Bill” Wise. Prior to that she resided in Medford, MA where she and her first husband, Richard Rogers, Sr., proudly raised four sons. Joyce was the beloved mother of Richard Rogers and his wife Donna, Paul Rogers, Mark Rogers and Steven Rogers. She was also a devoted step-mom to William “Billy” Wise and his wife Cindy, as well as Pamela (Wise) White and husband Jeff. Joyce also leaves her cherished grandchildren, Joshua and wife Julia, Jacqueline, Veronica, and husband Brian, Mark and wife Laura, Amanda, Andrew, Samantha, Stephen, John and Eric; and one cherished great-granddaughter, Rosemary. Joyce was also a loving sister to Marsha (Murray) Boermeester and husband Donald, brother, Bruce Murray and partner Janet, as well as a devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Joyce most enjoyed the simple things in life. She was an avid bird watcher and feeder, excellent gardener and the grower of the most gorgeous peach trees! If you visited during late July or early August you would often be able to enjoy a luscious fruit from her prized trees. She passed on these loves to her four sons, each of whom has planted fruit tress in the yards of their homes. She loved to drive to Florida each winter with her husband Bill. These trips provided adventures and stops along the way that she talked about for years. This included being snowed-in for days in a hotel in Pennsylvania during one of their trips. Of course, she and Bill, having packed extra food, made the best of things and were able to provide conversation and things to munch on to others stranded along with them. The experience added to, rather than subtracted from their enjoyment of the trip! We will always remember mom’s dedication to her family, in one way, exemplified by her cherished annual Christmas Eve open house. She was happiest hosting all who could make it with her extravaganza of home-made treats.

The family will be having a private service to celebrate her life.

Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac, MA.

Donations in Joyce’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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