Joyce Arsenault Tribute

Mrs Jocelyn P. "Joyce" Arsenault

Tribute Page for  Mrs Jocelyn P. “Joyce” Arsenault

December 22, 1945 – September 27, 2017

| Age 71

Palmetto, Florida

Loving Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, and Friend


It is with great sadness the family of Jocelyn “Joyce” P Arsenault of Palmetto Fl. announced her passing on Sept 27th, 2017 at the age of 71 years.

She was born on December 22, 1945 in Lewiston, Maine where she attended the local schools and later worked in the shoe shop where she met her husband of 52 years. She was active in the Jaycees and Eagles Club in Maine and in Bradenton, Fl. She also loved playing bingo, dancing, and trips to the Hard Rock, decorating for all the holidays, and shared her talent for bead work with many friends over the years. They moved to Saco, Me in 1968 and she worked for the Biddeford Journal Tribune for many years until moving to, Fl in Dec of 2002 when her husband retired.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Henry S Arsenault, Daughter Donna (Larry) Bryant of Georgia, Sisters Carman Green of Michigan and Nancy (Leo) Lessard of Nevada, and her sisters-in-law Marcia Hughes of Maine, Catherine Buck of Maine and brother-in-law David Hughes of Maine. Also her grandchildren Katie Woodward of Florida and Tyler Woodward of Georgia.

Joyce will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.


Dear Sis I sure miss and love you wish I could call you and say hi LITTLE BITE like in the old days.
I can hear you giggle now. How you loved it when I called you that. We sure did have good times together.
I know some day we will be together again with mom you and all the gang. And don’t forget Carmen,we will know then where she is. LOL. So much love NANCY
Nancy Lessard

September 27, 2018

Miss you and love you mom. Wish I could have one more hug. One more “Love you punkin”. You were and are always in my heart and soul. There could never have been a better Mom than you. My fave pic of all the photos here is this one,
Donna Bryant

September 27, 2018

So very sorry to learn about the passing of Joyce. Glad to have had the opportunity to have gotten to know her, when she lived in Maine. Will have many memories. My condolences to Henri and Donna and family.
Wil and Jean Trottier

October 16, 2017

Meme as the grandkids called her was always a very sweet woman as I remember her. She always liked cooking and doing things for us and looooved the holidays. I didn’t get to spend as much time with her as I would’ve hoped but the time I did get to will be cherished.
Tyler Woodward

October 12, 2017

You will be greatly missed my dear friend. I think of you often. I will miss our many talks about many things, your infectious laugh and our sharing a bottle (or two) of wine. So very glad that we met and shared many happy times together. Don’t know if I can go to the Hard Rock without you. You were a very special lady and friend. I will cherish your memory.
Marge Pryor

October 10, 2017

I have nothing but fond memories of my sister in law (sister to me) Joyce. I don’t think I ever seen her mad more that a minute. She was a special soul, one who always made you feel important. She never put herself above others and she always made you feel important. I think back of the times my wife and me lived with Henry and Joyce, while I was in college. She opened her heart to us, she was so very much a part of our lives. I was able to talk to Joyce when I would call and she was always down to earth. I just know that she is now in heaven with my wife. I will forever miss her and and all the love she gave to others. A true angel. Peace be with you…..
david hughes

October 9, 2017

Joyce will be missed. She was a very special person. She made you always feel important, never spoke bad of you and was very down to earth. She opened her house to my wife and me when I was going to college. I never saw her mad, she had a great personality and was always a quick to compliment you. I had the great opportunity to be her best man at her and my brothers wedding. I am sure I was visibly nervous, but was so happy for Joyce and Henry, as he was one very lucky man. I will miss the talks I had with her, especially near the end – she is now in heaven with with wife. Peace be with you Joyce – with my love and fondest memories.
david hughes

October 9, 2017

Aunt Joyce i will miss the times spent together while visiting and all the precious homemade gifts you made for me thru the years….hugs to all
Jeff Gauthier

October 6, 2017

You will be missed and i will miss your phone call saying this is ” “Baby sis” and also miss you saying …” You want a par nine??” Love you so very much..
Carmen Green

October 6, 2017

Hello, Joyce,
I never had the pleasure of meeting, but I am a friend of Hank, and I have an Angel in Heaven (my spouse Portia). Please look her up, and I am certain she will show you around, and introduce you to the Boss. While you are it, tell her I love her and miss her very much. Then maybe the two of you can get things ready for the arrival of Hank and I. Bless you both.
Richard ( Dick ) Coury

October 6, 2017

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Aunt joyce you will be missed by all the people that were blessed to have had the pleasure to meet you.Sending hugs to Uncle Henry, Donna ,Katie and Tyler <3- Marcie Buck , Niece, Auburn,Me
Marcie Buck

October 5, 2017

You will be remembered by many who loved you. May God bless and keep you forever in his arms. Till we meet again…love ya. Marcia
Marcia Hughes

October 5, 2017

Dear Henry, Donna n family:
Dick n I were saddened to hear about Joyce’s passing, We had many good times together in Jaycees, Bingo’s, or just hanging around. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Dick n Pris Fradette

October 5, 2017

My mom. It’s so bittersweet to sit here and write this. Partly smiling with memories and partly tearing up with the knowledge that she’s gone.
But, here’s to my mom. Let me introduce you to her some, as much as I can describe her.
She’s mom in every sense of the word. From baking cookies to playing games, reading stories (Little Red Riding Hood about a thousand times. You know after hearing it just a few you are about insane but she read it over and over for me as it was my favorite). She would bandage my “boo boos” and comfort me when I was sick like only mom can (no offense to dad). I could talk to her about everything.
She didn’t yell and scream at me when I messed up. Like the time she came upstairs, opened my door and found the room covered in powder. (well, I had discovered that when I set down the powder, it poofed like a powder volcano, which was cool. So I Poofed the hell out of that powder. Not trying to make a mess and not even noticing that it was, just a kid thing to do.)
My mom was kooky, must be where I get it, and fun. She would dance the Can-Can with her sisters, play practical jokes, laugh til she teared up while playing the old ET or Joust and just enjoyed life. She got a kick out of Animal Crossing too, I loved to hear her laugh when we played.
And oh boy did she have some stories to tell about her and her sisters and their mishaps. One that comes to mind was when they were teens and my grandfather was asleep on the couch taking a nap. They took the opportunity to put his leg hairs in bobby pins. lol.
Mom was my best friend. She was beautiful, witty, smart, creative, a great cook, fun and fun-loving, and just a great woman.
“Did you ever know that you’re my hero, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, ’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.” ~Wind Beneath My Wings
I love you so much. Forever.
Your Daughter,
Donna Bryant

October 5, 2017


Provided by Hank Arsenault

Song written by granddaughter Katie for Joyce and Donna

Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison was our song.

The Animals – House of the Rising Sun. I would hear this playing every time I went to see her when we were dating.

I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Another of her faves.

Oh Danny Boy. She sang it in the hospital. She also sang I’m a Little Teapot. Will post that if we can get the tape.