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FORT FAIRFIELD - Joyce M. Newcomb, 80, wife of the late Preston L." Prep" Newcomb, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 28, 2016, at a Presque Isle health care facility, following a brief illness. She was born June 26, 1935, in Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Roy A. and Amelia (Pinet) Finnemore.

She was a lifelong communicant of the Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield, and a graduate of the Fort Fairfield, Class of 1954. Joyce was married to Preston L. "Prep" Newcomb on November 2, 1955, and as a couple they owned and operated Newcomb's Variety in Fort Fairfield for more than 16 years. Joyce was also a member of the Fort Fairfield Alumni Association and enjoyed flowers, gardening and especially her family.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Preston; two sisters, Barbara Combs and Donna Cramer; and one nephew, Michael Keegan. She is survived by two sons, Peter C. Newcomb and his wife, Pam, and Ralph P. Newcomb, all of Fort Fairfield; two sisters, Phyllis Barnes of Fort Fairfield and Nancy Finnemore of Vermont; two granddaughters, Nicole Newcomb of Presque Isle and Kaci Osgood and her husband, Chris, of Ohio, stepgrandchildren, Rebecca Byrd and her husband, Thomas, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Jeffrey Brown of Arlington, VA; four great-grandchildren, Trey Preston, Eliana, Tatum Joyce and Aria Grace, all of Presque Isle; three great-stepgrandchildren, Autumn, Hope and James Brown, all of Myrtle Beach, SC; two great-great-grandchildren, Noah and Hannah, both of Myrtle Beach, SC; several nieces and nephews. The Newcomb family wishes to express their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Aroostook Medical Center, especially Dr. Karki and the Critical Care Unit for their wonderful care and support given to Joyce and her family during her hospital stay and also to the kitchen staff for their consideration and generosity.

A service of remembrance will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield, with Fr. Jean-Paul Labrie officiating. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mrs. Newcomb to the Fort Fairfield Alumni Association, P.O. Box 201, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com.


I'd like the memory of me

To be a happy one. I'd like

To leave an Afterglow of

Smiles when day is done.

I'd like to leave an echo...

Whispering softly down the

Ways of happy times and

Laughing times and bright

And sunny days. I'd like

The tears of those who

Grieve to dry before the

Sun of happy memories

That I leave behind when

Day is done.
Published on  June 1, 2016
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