|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1921|
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 2011|
ROCKLAND – Katherine Joyce Brown, 89, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden following a brief illness. Born Katherine Frances Rice, August 1, 1921 at Fort Lewis, Washington, she was the daughter of US Army Corps of Engineers Captain Keryn ap and Josephine Jonas Rice. She lived on numerous military reservations during her father's Army career, including the Panama Canal Zone and Nicaragua. After her father's early retirement to his native Rockland, she graduated an honor student from old Rockland High School, class of 1939. Mrs. Brown was an alumna of Emerson College Boston and the University of Maine, Orono, class of 1944. During World War II, she was employed by Stone and Webster Engineering Company, American Airlines and M.I.T. Radiation laboratory.
In 1946, she married Roy Joyce of Rockland, after a unique proposal broadcast over Nazi propaganda radio presided over by ‘Axis Sally', Mildred Gillars. This broadcast was heard by many in Rockland. At that time, Mr. Joyce was a POW in Germany. A B17 Engineer, he was taken prisoner in Holland after his plane was shot down following a raid over Berlin in early 1944.
Feeling that the American Red Cross food parcels and inspection of POW camps saved his life, Mr. Joyce joined this service to the US Armed Forces in 1946.
Katherine and their two sons, Keryn and Mark, lived on many US military bases during his long career, including the United States, France and Germany. After Mr. Joyce's death, she returned to Rockland.
In 1985, Kay married an old friend and school mate, Gardner Brown. He died in 1991.
Other than both her husbands, Mrs. Brown was pre-deceased by a daughter-in-law, Mary Power Kavanaugh. She leaves her two sons, Keryn Joyce of Rockland and Mark Joyce of Thomaston and his four children, Meredith, Keenan, Lindsay, and Alayna; two step-daughters, Nancy Clark of Cape Cod and Priscilla Elliott of Houston, Texas; six step-grandchildren, Kimberly Young, Ernest Kavanaugh, Ruth Hansen, Jennifer Webber, Andrew Elliott and Susan Fagan; four great-granddaughters, Madelyn and Audrey Young, Delilah and Elisabeth Hansen and a great-grandson, Josh Fagan.
Interment will follow at Achorn Cemetery. (BCH Funeral Home)
Created by: Bev Winship
Record added: Jul 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73037976