Aghagower, Westport; Enniskillen, Fermanagh and Westcliff-on-Sea, England
Joyce Foy passed away suddenly on March 17, 2019 at her home in Aghagower, Westport. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and all her friends. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Joyce was born on April 16, 1952 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh to Winnifred and James Dixon. She came from a family of nine children with four brothers and four sisters. She often shared wonderful stories of her very happy childhood in Co. Fermanagh. Her stories were always filled with laughter about the great times she had with her brothers, sisters, cousins and friends, playing in the streets of Enniskillen and on the shores of Lough Erne.
When Joyce was nine years old the family moved to Westcliff-on-Sea, England, where her father had found work. She settled into life there and made many friends over the years. Joyce and her family were a big part of the Irish community in Westcliff where they would regularly attend the Irish clubs and Irish dances. Joyce was a great dancer and loved to dance at these events.
When she was 18, she met Vincent Foy, from Aughagower, Westport, who had moved to Westcliff to work. They were married a year later and spent 48 happy years together. Over the years they returned each Summer to holiday in Aghagower, where Joyce found a home away from home. She always knew she would love to settle in Mayo and did so in 2004, when the family moved back to Aghagower. She found a happy home here, surrounded by great family and friends.
Joyce was a keen gardener and loved to fill her garden with beautiful flowers. She would spend a lot of her time outside tending to her plants and growing vegetables. Her home was always a happy place and frequented by many visitors. Her children and grandchildren visited often and this was always their favourite place to come.
Joyce was a wonderful lady and always had a smile on her face. Her infectious laugh and generosity made her very popular and fun to be around. She loved her family dearly and loved to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She could always be depended upon to lend a hand to family, friends and community. Nothing was too much for her and all she ever asked for in return was a cup of tea and a chat.
Joyce will be sincerely missed by her husband Vincent, daughter Anne Marie, sons Michael, Sean, James, Patrick and Vinny; her mother Winnifred, her grandchildren Alana, Ollie, Poppy, Millie, Evie, Rosie, Rory, Alex; her sisters Rita, Phyllis, Kathleen and Maureen, her brothers Noel, Jim and Derek (she was predeceased by her brother Damian); her son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.