Joan's Story

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Joan V. Boynton, 82, died peacefully at the home of her daughter in Old Orchard Beach after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. She was born November 15, 1933 in Mattawamkeag, the daughter of Lloyd and Velma (Leathers) Speed.

Joan was a graduate of Mattawamkeag High School, class of 1952. Following graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for the U.S. Government for 2 years. After returning to Mattawamkeag, she reunited with her high school sweetheart, Kebo Boynton. They were married January 1, 1956, after which time Joan worked in the banking industry for 2 years, and then settled into the home at 39 Pine Street, where she raised her family and made a comfortable home for her husband and children for the next 59 years. She worked with her special friend, Ellen O'Grady, teaching pre-school, where she was affectionately known to her students as "Mrs. O'Boynton".

Joan is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Keith "Kebo" Boynton, her parents, a brother, Kenneth Speed, and a sister, Pauline Gillis. She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Boynton of Old Orchard Beach, and Mary Jo Fontaine and her husband Richard of Saco; three granddaughters, Katie Fontaine of Saco, Amy Springer and her husband Jason of Old Orchard Beach, and Kristin Gaudette and her husband Andrew of Biddeford; a brother, Dean Speed and his wife Carolyn of Florida; a sister, Mary Effie Guzman and her husband Joseph of Texas; a brother in law, Ronald Boynton and his wife Irene of East Millinocket; a sister in law, Bonnie Douglass and Ralph of Little Deer Isle; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joan will be missed by her Tuesday morning breakfast group, Gloria Hendsbee, Alice Wallace, Ella Mckenzie, and Carole Boynton.

At the request of the family, services will be private. Joan will be buried beside her husband, Kebo, at the East Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Hospice of Southern Maine, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074, or to the American Cancer Society of Maine, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, East Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
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