Joyce McClung

Obituary of Joyce McClung

Joyce Taylor McClung passed away on November 28, 2021 in Mendham, New Jersey. She was 91 years old.

Joyce was born October 12, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey to parents Thomas and Betty Taylor. She spent her early years in Amesbury, Massachusetts; Reading, Pennsylvania; and Walden, New York, where she graduated from high school in 1948. After attending Wagner College on Staten Island, NY, Joyce moved to New York City, where she met and married Frank Arthur McClung, Jr. in 1954.

Joyce and Frank moved to Weston, Connecticut in 1962, and had two children, a daughter and son. In 1971, the family moved to Wilmington, Delaware.

Joyce excelled in her career as an interior designer in Delaware, especially at Winterthur Museum, where she retired in 1999. After retirement, Joyce moved to New Jersey, where she spent her final years.

Joyce was an outgoing woman, talking to people and making friends everywhere she went. She loved classical music, especially Mozart, and often attended the opera. Joyce was an expert in antiques and decorative arts, which served her well in her interior design career. She enjoyed the arts in general, reading, traveling, cooking, and crossword puzzles. Her laughter and inquisitive nature were infectious, and she was beloved by family and friends. Although dementia robbed her of her memories in her last years, she maintained her humor, grace, and kindness throughout.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Frank, in 1982. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Sue Carol Taylor; her daughter, Megan; her son, Evan; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Marisa, and Ryan; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on Cape Cod, her cherished getaway, in a private service for family and friends.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the Dementia Society of America or to a charity of their choice in Joyce’s name.

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