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Fairfax, VT 05454
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Joyce Lamphere

Joyce C. Lamphere (Cootware)

Monday, March 26th, 1956 - Friday, April 26th, 2019
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On April 26, 2019, Joyce C. Lamphere passed away at her home after a long battle with Neurological Lyme Disease.

She is survived by her husband Dolor Lamphere; her son Schuyler and his wife Aliza and grandson
Brennan; her daughter Bailey and her fiancé Marty Rabtoy and his sons Isaac, Tripp, and Maddox; her
mother Margaret (Peterson) Cootware; her siblings J. David Cootware (Susan), Diane Schwarm (Ron), Barbara Lehouiller (George), Janet Mazzola (Bob), Brenda Edwards (Tom), Rick Cootware, Tracey Hunt (Palmer), Jennifer Cary (Alan); her closest friends Marlene Corse and Candace Pratt; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She is predeceased by her father William H. Cootware; her brothers Paul Cootware and William J.

Joyce worked for 33 years as a software engineer. In her retirement, she found great joy in being a driving force in their family sugaring business. She was deemed the “headlamp warrior” - always the last one out of the woods for the day; And nicknamed “Dynamite” (exciting, wonderful, and unpredictable) by her dad.

Joyce loved playing hockey with her partner-in-crime, Diane, gardening into the wee hours (also via headlamp), and spending time with her friends and family on the back deck. She was a gifted seamstress, a skill handed down to her by her mother, which came in handy when creating one of her many gag-gifts. She instilled in those around her the ability to have fun in most any situation. Her kind, selfless nature was felt by many, as she always found time to care for those in need, and never ceased to find the good in all.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joyce’s memory can be made to Sojourns Community Health Clinic, 4923 US Rte 5, Westminster, VT 05158, as it was her wish to raise awareness on the seriousness of Lyme Disease and to help others in their battles.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, May 3rd at A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Fairfax from 5-8pm. Joyce’s internment will be a private family service at the Binghamville Cemetery. A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at Fletcher Elementary School from 1pm to 4pm.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, May 3rd, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    A. W. Rich Funeral Home - Fairfax Chapel
    1176 main St.
    FAIRFAX, VT 05454
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    Visiting hours will be held Friday, May 3rd at A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Fairfax from 5-8pm.
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Fletcher Elementary School
    340 School Street
    CAMBRIDGE, VT 05444
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    A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at Fletcher Elementary School from 1pm to 4pm.


Donations are being accepted for: Sojourns Community Health Clinic.


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Art & Melody Tobin

Posted at 05:32pm
To the family and many friends of Joyce. We were all so blessed to have her in our lives and are still blessed as we gather to remember what she has left us with. Her courage, her smile, her great sense of humor will remain with us. Heaven will be the better for her arrival and she will be at peace and pain free. We grieve for ourselves at our loss, not for her because she is now with the Lord.
Art & Melody Tobin

Pat & Thomas Saylor

Posted at 04:35pm
Dearest Cootware and Lamphere Families,
Offering our thoughts for you at this difficult time:
Those we love don't go away - they walk beside us every day -
Unseen, unheard, but always near - still loved, still missed and very dear...
Wishing you Peace and Loving Memories, Always - Thomas & Pat (Elmer) Saylor

Kathy Pyorala Puttick

Posted at 04:08pm
So sorry to hear of your loss! Joyce was a great lady and I always enjoyed working with her on projects and sports with our kids. She always had a smile and an attitude that no matter how difficult the task was, it could be mastered. She will be missed by all.

Hazen Converse

Posted at 08:37pm
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a go getter and hard worker. She was always so supportive and knew how to wear a smile! My condolences to your whole family.

Hazen Converse

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