Joyce's Story

Joyce Marion (Webster) Olsen died July 19, 2016, at a health care facility in Brewer, ME. She was born December 16, 1925, in Hyannisport, MA, where her father, Leon Webster, a native of Patten, ME, was a caretaker of a large estate on Cape Cod until his untimely death in 1929 at the start of the Great Depression. Joyce, her mother, Mattie and her two older brothers, Cliff and Hadley Webster, returned home to their roots in Patten, where they made the best of a difficult situation, as did many others in those years.

During Joyce's school years in Patten, there always was someone close by with a mischievous smile and a sparkle in his eyes by the name of Henry Olsen. Joyce and Henry graduated from Patten Academy in 1944, where Joyce was Salutatorian. After graduation, Joyce went to Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing and became an RN in 1947. She and Henry married in 1948 and moved to Burlington, ME, where he was in the lumbering/logging business with his father. Joyce described the years she lived in Burlington as the happiest days of her life where she made many lifelong friends and had their three children, Andrea, Lynn and Kendall.

Joyce, Henry and the family moved to Lincoln in 1957, where they started the next chapter in their lives. Joyce went to work at the Workman Hospital and made many great friends many of whom started and joined a "Nurses Club" which continued to meet until a few years ago. Joyce attended the First Congregational Church in Lincoln where she was a member for nearly sixty years and made many longtime friends.

In her retirement years, Joyce had three main passions, her 7 grandchildren and later great-grandchildren, quilting and helping friends and others who were sick or down on their luck. Clearly, once a nurse always a nurse, as she would readily help others in need when some might look the other way. Joyce loved quilting and all her children and grandchildren have handmade quilts with an embroidered love note attached.

Joyce loved her home that she lived in for fifty-five plus years and the many fond memories created there with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but she fully realized that the page must eventually be turned so the younger generations of Olsen descendants could create lives and homes full of similar pleasant memories and love.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Henry Olsen Jr., in 2003; and is survived by her daughters, Andrea Olsen Thurlow and her husband, Rollin, of Atkinson and Lynn Olsen Brown and her husband, Wayne, of Houlton; and her son, Kendall Olsen and his wife, Dr. Denise Theriault Olsen, of Scarborough. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Adam Thurlow and his wife, Carleen, of Essex, MA, Christopher Brown and his wife, Amber, of Gray, Krista Thurlow of Milo, Amanda Brown Burton and her husband, Ryan, of Mt. Vernon, Jacob Olsen and his wife, Kimberly, of Lincoln, Andrew Brown and his wife, Vallerie, of Etna and Laura Olsen Graustein and her husband, Dr. Bradley Graustein, of Falmouth. Joyce is also survived by great-grandchildren, Isabella Thurlow, Henry Thurlow, Charlie Thurlow, Alisha Brown, Zachary Brown, Madeline Brown, Alexander Brown, Nathaniel Burton, Silas Burton, Andrea Olsen and Aiden Henry Graustein.

Visiting hours will be at Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22, and the funeral will be at the First Congregational Church in Lincoln on Saturday, July 23, at 4 p.m. Donations may be made in Joyce's memory to the First Congregational Church of Lincoln - Utilities Fund. Condolences may be expressed at www.clayfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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