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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
Joy Sanford

Joy Sanford

Monday, December 24th, 2018
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Obituary

Joy Sanford, 60, of Toms River, NJ, formerly of Acton, MA, passed away peacefully at the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence in Worcester, MA surrounded by her loving family on Monday, December 24, 2018.

Joy is survived by her brother, Dana M. Sanford and wife Barbara Hansen-Sanford of Lancaster, MA; her two sisters, Andrea S. Hockridge and husband Jack of North Adams, MA and Marily S. English and her husband David of Salinas, CA. She also leaves her nieces and nephews, Kendra Joy Millay and husband Ryan of Norwood, MA, Matthew Hockridge of Boston, MA, Meagan Curry and husband Patrick of Canton, MA, Neka Sanford of Clinton, MA, Laura Sanford of Los Angeles, CA; her two cousins, Gary Sanford of Westford, MA, Paul Sanford of Florida along with her loyal dog “Mattie," a Chihuahua-Pug mix breed female she loved and cared for, and her many caring and loving friends.

Joy was born in Denver, CO, the daughter of the late Lloyd C. and Marilyn (McNeill) Sanford. She was raised in Acton since the age of 1, attending local schools and later studying art at Boston University. Joy spent time in the 80s and early 90s working at the Rusty Scupper Restaurant in Acton, Bullfinchs Restaurant in Sudbury along with several other local food venues. She has resided in Toms River, NJ since 1993.

Joy was a very spiritual individual, bringing hope and happiness to everyone she met. She was the founder and owner of “The Joy of Cleaning” home cleaning company, which she operated for many years in Toms River, NJ. The friendships she developed over the many years through her work remained strong, even as her health declined recently and was unable to perform some of the tasks. Her clients were loyal friends who will cherish her giving spirit forever. In her spare time, her talents in the arts created a rewarding hobby and she was well known for her flare in customizing her clothing to suit her taste. She will be missed and never forgotten.

Family and friends are encouraged to attend visitation on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm followed by a Celebration of Life Service in memory of Joy at 2:00 pm in the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave. (Rte 111) Acton, MA. Urn burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton will be held later in the Spring of 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joy may be made to The Popcorn Park-Associated Humane Societies, Human Way at Lacey Road, PO Box 43, Forked River, NJ. 08731-0043, online at https://www.ahscares.org/ContentPage/145

Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Acton Funeral Home
    Address
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Family and friends are encouraged to attend visitation on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm followed by a Celebration of Life Service in memory of Joy at 2:00 pm in the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave. (Rte 111) Acton, MA. Urn burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton will be held later in the Spring of 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joy may be made to The Popcorn Park-Associated Humane Societies, Human Way at Lacey Road, PO Box 43, Forked River, NJ. 08731-0043, online at https://www.ahscares.org/ContentPage/145
  • Service

    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 2:00pm
    Location
    Acton Funeral Home
    Address
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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The Contardi Family

Posted at 09:40am
Joy was an angel on earth. We all will miss her.
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Lizabeth McLaughlin

Posted at 11:04am
omg my little sister... I can't believe what I am reading. My heart is breaking for you. Gone too soon. Know that only her physical being is no longer with us, but her true essence lives on in everyone she touched throughout her life.
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Jaclyn & Palma

Posted at 07:14pm
The JOY of ...unconditional understanding, support, & love ...is what Joy brought to our family. ♥️ Joy came into my life at the perfect time. I always called her my “life coach” & spiritual guide, as she truly was such a “magical mentor” to me in helping me with so many things in life. The gift of her soulful, intuitive depth guided both my Grandmother and I, & always made us feel so understood & validated. Moments we shared were filled with so much laughter, & time would just fly by in fluid, stimulating conversation. I could imagine others feeling as much comfort in her presence as we did, as she had this special way of connecting with others & offering a space free of judgment. She had such such a brilliant, passionate, whimsical, grounded & creative nature. We are heartbroken that she is no longer here, & send warmth to her family & her beloved dog Mattie. She was a true Earth Angel, & now Angel in Heaven ...& her genuine soul & bright energy will always be adored and felt across every realm. We love you forever, Joy. - Jaclyn & Palma
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Jo Luther

Posted at 11:15am
In loving memory of Joy and in honor of the family who holds her dear.
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Kiki

Posted at 10:06am
I'm truly sorry for your loss of your loved one. Losing someone special is heartbreaking. Please know that God cares for you and heals the broken-hearted, Psalm 147:3.
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