Patricia M. (Joyce) Woodin
Randolph, Vt. — Patricia M. (Joyce) Woodin, 51, of Randolph, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, with her family and close friends by her side.
She was born on May 3, 1961 in Worcester, Mass. and raised in Framingham, the daughter of the late James & Teresa (Fedeli) Joyce. Pat earned a degree in Plant & Soil Science at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She continued her lifelong love of plants moving to Vermont and working as a florist and horticulturist. Her home and gardens were always known for their beautiful perennial beds and the colorful plantings of annuals that provided summertime bouquets. She was called upon often to make floral arrangements for parties, weddings, and anniversaries. Her diversity of talents led her to take a variety of technology positions at the University of Vermont Extension Service, at the Brown’s River Middle School in Jericho, and at the Randolph Elementary School. Her most rewarding years of work were the recent ones spent at The Sharon Academy, where she found the grateful appreciation and love of the entire school community. After college, Pat married her high school classmate, Joe Woodin, with whom she recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. The best of Pat’s energies were happily devoted to her family and she reveled in her successful life role as mother. Her greatest legacy lives on in the creativity, sincerity, compassion, and good humor of her children. She lived day to day with a gentle and peaceful faith in Christ.
Pat is survived by her husband, Joe; and children, Maegan of New York City, Rebekah of Burlington, and Timothy of Randolph; her beloved aunt, Eleanor Fedeli, of Worcester, Mass.; and her brothers, Timothy and James Joyce. She leaves a constellation of friends whose lives she touched with encouragement, her warm smile, and a ready laugh. She was an inspiration to all who knew her throughout a long battle with breast cancer.
Calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at Day Funeral Home, 4 Franklin Street in Randolph. A memorial service celebrating Pat’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Bethany Church, in the village of Randolph. Donations in Pat’s memory can be made to The Garden Fund at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, or to The Sharon Academy, in Sharon, Vt.