STONINGTON - Edrie Ciomei, age 83, died peacefully, after a brief struggle with cancer on January 23, 2016 at the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle.
Edrie was born at her parents home on Oceanville Road, Stonington on July 12, 1932, the daughter of Alfred and Alice Joyce. Edrie was the only one of four children that graduated from high school. In 1952, she graduated from Stonington High School.
Edrie enjoyed life and always had a beautiful outlook on everything. She adored her family and always cherished and took great pride in her 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Edrie is survived by her children which includes six sons, Clayton Joyce and his companion, Liz Alley, Glen Dunham and his wife Irene, Butch and his wife, Shari, Kurt and his wife, Jody, Stephen, Thomas and his wife Debbie and daughter, Stacey Beal and her husband, Wayne, and special foster daughter, Teresa Hall.
Edrie was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Alice Joyce, an infant son, Gary, a special daughter-in-law, Norene Joyce, a sister, Hilda Orcutt, two brothers, Robert, "Bob," Joyce and Arvard Joyce, and two special friends- Teddy Eaton and Teresa Kinnie.
Some of Edrie's most enjoyable years she spent working at Connie's restaurant. She also took pride in the fact that she was known as the "Queen of Oceanville," and was able to live her later years in her family home where she had grown up. One of her favorite past times was talking on her CB and VHF to many local fishermen that lovingly called her by her nickname, "Ding-A-Ling." She enjoyed frequent visits from special friends- Donnie McHenan (Edrie thought of him as a son.), Jimmy Kennie and Bonnie.
Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2016 from 4pm to 6pm in Stonington at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home. A graveside service is scheduled for May 22, 2016 at 1pm, Greenwood Cemetery in Oceanville, Stonington. A special celebration of Edrie's life will follow to share memories and to celebrate her life.
Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Stonington.