Joyce (Bover) Cook, 91

FISKDALE/SOUTHBRIDGE — Joyce (Bover) Cook, 91, of Main St., passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, in the Southbridge Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

She leaves two daughters, Abigail Veshia and her husband Michael of Southbridge and Sydney O’Connor and her husband Jerome of Moultonborough, NH; two grandsons, Mark Denault and his wife April of Southbridge and James Denault of Framingham; her great granddaughter, Samantha Denault; two brothers, Raymon Bover, and Douglas Bover and his wife Lynne; and two sisters, Irene Hull and Ann Reed.  She was predeceased by Charles Bover, Peter Bover, Gloria Brooks and Beverly Kaye.  She was born in Brattleboro, VT, the daughter of the late Harold G. and Anna (Gembarowski) Bover. 

Joyce started playing the piano at the age of 3.  This passion continued throughout her life and took her to many venues.  At 18, she had a jazz trio on Nantucket; in the 1970’s she was employed as a harpsichordist at The Club 33 as well as a pianist at the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland CA.  After this, she played a grand piano in the lobby of the South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA.  Her final “gig” was entertaining the residents of the Southbridge Rehab.  Joyce did not have a mean bone in her body and was adored by everyone she met. Joyce was a friend of Bill W. for over 60 years.

Joyce’s family is deeply indebted to the angels at Southbridge Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center who treated her with great care, love and dignity during her two years there.  They would also like to thank the caregivers of the Hospice of Western and Central MA.

Joyce’s funeral services and burial will be private.  There are no calling hours.

The Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, directed arrangements.

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