Joyce L. Barker, 83, passed away on December 8, 2021, of Alzheimer’s, at the Bangor Nursing & Rehab Center with her loving husband at her side. She was born July 15, 1938, in Ellsworth to Milton O. and Alice M. (Snowman) Linscott.
Upon graduation from Bar Harbor High School, Class of 1956, Joyce started working at the First National Bank of Bar Harbor. She worked at the bank until her retirement, taking just a few years off to be home with her children when they were very young. For many years she enjoyed her morning walks around town and meeting the ladies at Jordan’s Restaurant for breakfast. Joyce loved all sports and she and Gary attended basketball events with Jean Barker, Don and Helen Wood, Anna Ryan, and Eleanor Raynes for over 20 years.
Joyce and Gary were married on July 19, 1997, and honeymooned in Hawaii. They also loved to travel to Disney World, took a second honeymoon to Hawaii and many trips to Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Bruce and Karen also went on trips with them to Nova Scotia.
Joyce’s children share fond memories of growing up playing catch in the driveway, bike riding and blueberry picking, all with their mom; of holding skeins of yarn between their hands for Mom to roll and then knit into beautiful sweaters; and of Mom baking her famous frosted cocoa drop cookies around Christmas time.
Joyce is survived by her husband Gary and her children, Timothy Higgins (April Arrington), Barbara Higgins, Rebecca Higgins (Ann Sullivan) and her cherished granddaughter Olivia Smith; brothers Ronald Linscott (Pat) and Roger Linscott (Belva); many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Gary’s children, especially Bruce (Karen) Barker, who was loved by Joyce and had the ability to communicate with her, Carol (John) Blackstone, Brett (Candace) Barker, Debbie (Mark) Getty and Scott (Rebekah) Barker and their children and great-grandchildren. During Gary’s entire marriage to Joyce, he was always there for her. Joyce was predeceased by her parents and her brother David Linscott.
Joyce will be remembered by all who loved her as a caring person, always smiling and just loving to hug and be hugged. Donations can be made in Joyce’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, 04074.
Joyce’s interment will be in early May 2022.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert, 04660.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.