Joan's Story

ELLSWORTH - Joan Willey Tucker joined her family in Heaven Sunday morning, June 28, 2015 while daughters Persis and Stacy held her hands until Joan's last breath on earth.

Joan was born on Easter Morning March 27, 1932 in Milbridge to the late Lawrence C. Willey Sr. and Persis Morrison Willey. She was raised by her maternal grandparents James F. and Nettie Colson Morrison after Joan's mother passed away unexpectedly.

Her 65 year love story with her husband, L. Lionell Tucker started when he drove his car up on the sidewalk and asked her out on a date one evening after she worked at Kennedy Pharmacy. They got engaged shortly after Joan graduated from Milbridge High School and were married on September 28, 1950. They moved to Northeast Harbor in the mid-1950s to raise their family and to work for summer residents including Mrs. Flagler Harris followed by Henry F. and Penelope Harris.

When asked what brought her joy, she always answered "my family" including children Persis Tucker Jordan and husband William "Bill" Jordan of Machias, Russell Tucker and wife Alice, Ann Tucker of Trenton and their youngest daughter, Stacy Helen Tucker-Stanley and husband Anthony "Tony" Stanley, Jr. of Greater Portland. They were blessed with six grandchildren, Shawn, Britt and Heather, Willey Jordan of Brewer, special granddaughter Nettie-Kate Jordan of Machias and pre-deceased by grandson Joshua Sprague plus five great-grandchildren. Her siblings include James "Jimmy" Willey and wife Mary of Bellingham, MA, Jeanne Willey of Sullivan and pre-deceased by twin brothers Alonzo and Lawrence Willey.

Joan was known for her wholesome cooking and the Union Church suppers always sold out when her special Aunt Helen Morrison Dodge and she cooked. They cleaned summer cottages and served formal dinners together for Mrs. Vincent Astor, Mrs. John Pierrepont and the Halls.

Joan's last words were all encompassing- "I love you all."

In honor of Joan, donations can be made to the MS Society, 74 Gray Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 and to the Josh Sprague Scholarship Fund, c/o The First, P O Box 258, Bar Harbor 04609

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth

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