SOUTH PORTLAND — Simone M. Hache Ramsay Joyce, 87, of Cape Elizabeth, died Oct. 19 at Maine Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born in Rumford June 25, 1926, the daughter of Alphonse and Thedelind Thibault Hache. She attended local schools there and graduated with honors from Stephens High School, Class of 1945 . She continued her education at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, receiving her degree in 1948.
On Nov. 25, 1950, she married William T. Ramsay at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Portland. Together they lived and raised their family in South Portland. William died on March 8, 1977.
She worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital for her entire career, retiring in 1991 after more than 42 years. Her dedication and compassion to her job and patients was admired and welcomed by many. In 1991, she married John J. Joyce and together they enjoyed retirement living life to the fullest, traveling, going on several cruises, wintering together at their condo in Florida, and spending time with family and friends.
Joyce was especially happy when she had her two grandsons, Daniel and Neil, at her side. Whether they were playing games or spending time at the beach, they were her “boys.” She also enjoyed knitting, playing beano, and many summers at the cottage on Crystal Lake in Gray with other families. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking, especially her molasses cookies and her chocolate and peanut butter fudge. She never missed a day of solving the puzzles in the newspaper.
She was a lifelong communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church in South Portland where she was an active member, served on the parish council, and took part in the annual Christmas fair.
She was predeceased by her second husband, John J. Joyce, on July 11, 2007. She also was predeceased by a brother, the Rev. Msgr. Edmond J. Hache; and three sisters, Germaine Therrien, Jaquelyn Melanson and Theresa Brumby.
She is survived by son, Thomas E. Ramsay, of South Portland; two daughters, Patricia A. Ramsay and partner Phil Kline, and Kathleen M. and husband Neil Maietta, both of South Portland; two sisters, Martha Bartlett of Minott and Joan Peabody of Portsmouth, N.H.; two grandsons, Daniel L. and Neil W. Maietta, of South Portland; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Egan and Mildred Whitmore; brother-in-law, Richard Joyce and wife, Susan, all of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were held Oct. 23 at the Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, South Portland. Prayers were recited at the funeral home on Oct. 24, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Holy Cross Church, South Portland. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.
Those who wish may make contributions in her memory to the Parkinson’s Center, 5 Bucknam Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.