Winooski, VT – Joyce A Walker, 81, passed away at home with her family by her side on Friday, March 17, 2023.
She was born in New York City on June 9, 1941, the daughter of John and Laura (Triola) Pepple. She was employed in healthcare as an LNA with Green Mountain Nursing home until retirement. Anyone that knew Joyce knew that she did not have a mean bone in her body; she was a kind soul full of love and laughter and lived and worked to see her family, but especially her children, happy. Joyce would move heaven and earth for her loved ones, always putting everyone before herself.
She leaves her companion, Richard Bordeau; her children: Laura Walker, Clint Walker and his partner, Desiree Fisher; grandchildren: Makayla Yandow and her husband, Adam Yandow, R.J. Cota and his wife, Ashley Cota, Tommy Drogalis and his wife, Danielle Bourbeau Drogalis, along with several great grandchildren and extended family.
Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Tina O’Toole, who was Joyce’s first blessing in life.
Joyce’s family would like to thank the University of Vermont Medical Center’s efforts in the year-long battle with dementia in keeping their mother, grandmother, and friend as safe, comfortable, and stable for as long as possible. They would also like to personally thank the family’s social worker, Odessa Kilby-Way, from UVMMC, Eliza LeFevre from Age Well, and Carrie Rae, Addie Chadwick, and Jen Campbell from Bayada Hospice.
Visitation is on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 5-8pm at Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home, 97 Elmwood Ave., Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 10 am in St. Joseph Cathedral, Burlington. Spring Interment will be in FT. Ethan Allen Cemetery in Colchester at a later date.
Those wishing may send memorial contributions to:
Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516