Joyce Marjorie Eldring

Grantham, N.H. — Joyce Marjorie Eldring (nee Parry) died at home in Grantham, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, after battling late-stage lung cancer with grace and dignity for 18 months. She was 82.

Born in Finchley, London, England, in 1930, Joyce was the eldest daughter of Edmund and Elsie Parry. Raised in London during World War II, she graduated from St. Hilda’s College at Oxford University in 1952 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Joyce’s career as an economist included positions at The Economist, London; Courtaulds PLC, London (then the world’s biggest textile manufacturer); the Ontario Department of Economics, Toronto, Canada; The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and National Economic Research Associates of Marsh & McLennan Cos.

She married Manfred P. Eldring in 1962 in Toronto, Canada and moved to Boston, Mass. They lived in Larchmont, Westchester Cty, N.Y. for 27 years, retiring to Grantham in 1998.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she leaves husband, Fred; three children, Susanna Parry-Hoey and her husband, Terence Hoey, Bryan and his wife, Julie, and Philip; along with four grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Aaron and Dylan (Hoey); and siblings, David, Glenys and Margaret Parry, all three living in England.

A fetching conversationalist, Joyce above all loved people, discussing books, music and politics. She was a hiker with a keen passion for nature. An avid traveler, in her earlier travel years she ventured to Mexico and Guatemala, in order to experience those cultures before tourism spoiled them. She and Fred also revisited Europe for extensive travel in 1964 and 2001. A Saab aficionado, she toured with Fred from Grantham to the Midwest and Western Canada.

She derived great pleasure singing in choral performances in Larchmont and New London, and with Fred also enjoying the social activities of Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (COA, New London), the GreenWays Hiking Club, her local book club, the theater, garden shows, and above all the solitude and great vistas of their property.

A memorial service was held at the Phaneuf Funeral Home in Manchester on Jan. 14.

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