Long-time Needham resident Joyce Bent passed away on March 19th at the age of 94.
Joyce grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton High School. She attended Boston Bouve and received an associate degree in Physical Therapy. In 1949, she and "Buddy" married. Joyce, like many women of her generation, dedicated herself to homemaking, motherhood and being an active and involved member of her community. She volunteered for many years at Glover ( now Beth Israel Deaconess) Hospital and was active in The Congregational Church of Needham, the Kalmia Garden Club, Post-Comers Club and The Palestine Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, among others. The family summered for many years in Sandwich MA, and later, Ossipee NH.
She was predeceased by her husband Charles A. Bent, her parents Hugo and Marie Nordstrom, her sister Ruth Blondell and an infant daughter Ruth. Joyce is survived by her son John Bent of Norfolk MA, daughter Priscilla Luckhardt of North Stonington CT, grandsons George Bent of Walpole MA and Morgan Bent of Norfolk MA, granddaughters Maggie Luckhardt of Natick MA and Annie Gavitt of North Stonington CT and two great-grandsons.
Joyce spent the last 8 years in Rhode Island. Her family would like to thank the staff of Atria Harbor Hill and Westerly Nursing Home for their many kindnesses.
Burial services will be private with a memorial service at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders.
Charles Ashton Bent
Ruth Marie Nordstrom Blondell
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