Joyce Alice Ashe, 71, passed away suddenly and peacefully, with her loving family by her side, on Tuesday January 22, 2019 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
She was born on April 30, 1947 in Plainfield, Connecticut to the late Alfonse Coulombe & Rose Coulombe Cote. Joyce graduated from nursing school in 1972 and earned her RN in 1980 from Three Rivers Community College. Joyce spent most of her life caring for others as an RN and then Case Manager, retiring in 2012 from Backus Hospital, located in CT.
Left to cherish Joyce’s memory are her beloved husband, Mr. Ronald A. Dafoe of Murrells Inlet, SC. She is also survived by her three children: Pamela Costa and son-in-law Thomas of Pawcatuck CT; John Mathewson and daughter-in-law Lynn of Eastford, CT and Amy Mancuso and son-in-law Stephen of Long Valley, NJ. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Luke Mathewson, Liam Costa, Olivia Mancuso, Eric Mathewson and Samantha Mancuso; her brother, Robert Coulombe and sister-in-law Carol Evans; her nephew Robert Coulombe and niece Julia Rose Coulombe. She also leaves behind many supportive friends and neighbors. Joyce was predeceased by her former husband William Christopher Ashe and brother Thomas Coulombe.
Joyce was a passionate woman who loved with her whole heart. Joyce was a proud mother and grandmother and her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends at Prince Creek and she loved her cherished guinea pig, Frosty.
Joyce and her family have found comfort in the following scripture, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ( Philippians 4:6,7)
A Celebration of Joyce’s life will be held in Connecticut. The date and time will be announced when finalized.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s name in lieu of flowers to the Armed Forces, at www.military.com
Condolences may be made at, www.burroughsfh.com