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Joyce Brooks, 86

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Joyce Claire Thomas Brooks, 86 of North Adams died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at her home.

She was born in North Adams on July 14, 1933, a daughter of Clyde Edmond and Mafalda Urbano Thomas. She attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1951.

Joyce was last employed by the City of North Adams as a teaching assistant at Brayton Elementary School. Prior to that, she was a bookkeeper at the former Aldo's Paint and Wallpaper and had worked at the former Sprague Electric, Wall-Streeter Shoe Co. and JJ Newberry's.

Joyce a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church and had been an active communicant of the former St. Francis of Assisi Church, where she sang in the choir and was a Eucharistic minister. She was a wonderful baker and donated her talents to the church and many other service organizations.

She was a devoted and loving wife to John George "Jack" Brooks, who died a week before her on Feb. 4, 2020. They were married on Oct. 9, 1954, in the former Incarnation Church.

Survivors include her "kids," Robert and Jessica Burdick of North Adams and nieces, nephews and cousins.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Joyce Brooks will be celebrated Monday Feb. 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, are Sunday from 3-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference of North Berkshire in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Such mixed feelings. I was so sad to hear that you passed and had hoped to see you once more to chat and reminise. Yet I understood that you needed to be with your husband and that life for you wouldn't have been life without him. Tough to know you're both gone in a blink of an eye. You had beautiful friends and family who cared deeply about you. I'll miss seeing you both.
from: Lori Parrinoon: 02-16-2020

Iím so very sorry, but not surprised that the love they shared In life will now be shared in death.... they could never be apart... God Bless and so very sorry for their familyís .... wonderful people...RIP
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 02-14-2020

Second time ....LOVE.....not very often does one see it....Jack and Joyce....two in LOVE....your witness Lennie
from: Len on: 02-13-2020

Jessica and Robert,
I had the honor of knowing both Joyce and Jack. They were both two wonderful and loving people that would do anything for you. They will both be missed dearly. May they both rest in peace knowing that you both loved them so.

Sue Nolan
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