Joyce M. Swartz
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Brewer - "Joyce M. Swartz, 95, passed away January 27, 2020, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. She was born July 9, 1924, in Bangor, the daughter and eldest child of Ray D. and Phyllis Amy (Manuel) MacKinnon of Brewer.
Joyce attended Brewer schools. After graduating from Brewer High School in 1942, she served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Afterwards, she worked as a federal civilian employee in Florida and, upon returning to Maine, at Dow Air Force Base, the Armed Forces Induction Center, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Bangor. An exemplary example of a dedicated, hard-working employee, she retired from federal service in 1984.
With the assistance of her parents, Joyce built a home on the edge of MacKinnon's Rock Wall Farm in Brewer and raised her three children there. She enjoyed caring for her house and, being the consummate cat lover, spending time with the many kitties who shared her abode over the years. She was a member of the Brewer Historical Society for about 30 years.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Inez Hynes of Lewiston; her brother, Donald MacKinnon of Minnesota; a grandson, Jason Swartz; and her aunt, Inez "Bing" Witham, who helped care for us children when she worked.
She is survived by her sons, Brian F. Swartz and his wife, Susan; Leslie N. Swartz and his wife, Lillian; and her daughter, Tracey S. Smith and her husband, Randy; five grandchildren, Christopher Swartz (Jennifer), Amanda Swartz (Garner), Jared Swartz, Shannon Swartz, and Austin Smith; a great-granddaughter, Emery Swartz; and three step-grandchildren, Rachel, Riley, and Kaitlin Hastey.
Joyce was particularly fond of her sister's children, Patricia Bergin and her husband, John; Danno Hynes and his wife, Stacy; Patrick Hynes and his wife, Heather; and Barry Hynes and his wife, Pam. She always thought so highly of her dear friends and neighbors, Ronnie and Helga Kittredge.
She was a long-time member of Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 11 at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 133 Center St., Bangor, Maine. Those who wish to remember Joyce in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, Maine 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Published on January 29, 2020


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Gloria Craig
Jan 31, 2020
We are very sorry for the loss to the family. We are blessed with wonderful memories of a wonderful person. Grace and Peace to you. The Craig Family.
Tania McIntyre
Jan 30, 2020
It was an honor to care for Joyce over the few years , "they" tell us in our nursing class to be compassionate, while trying to not get too attached to those we care for. I was attached to Joyce, I enjoyed talking to her, we always would end up laughing about something. I will certainly miss her.
To Joyce's family and friends, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.
Wayde & Sue Leighton
Jan 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. It is never easy to lose a parent, no matter how old they are. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family during this difficult time
Shirley Chase
Jan 29, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Tracy & her family, I met Tracy at Hannaford's Brewer store while working there . I always enjoyed talking to your Mom when she came shopping Loved hearing about the Kitties Your Mom was a lovely lady
Donald and Lisa Robbins
Jan 29, 2020
Brian, Les, and Tracey - So sad to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to you at this time of loss. It is never as easy or difficult as you might imagine until it happens. Love to All. See you in April.