Mary "Joyce" Goodspeed
1931 - 2024
Mary "Joyce" Goodspeed
Service Information
Service Date
Friday May 24, 2024
Service Time
11 am
Service Location
St. Andrews United Church
Requested Charity
Cancer Care of QEII Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Atlantic Chapter or charity of choice
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Mom died on Thursday, May 2, 2024 peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Born in 1931 to George and Mary Esther (Putnam) Porter, she was the last surviving member of the original Porter family from Masstown.

Mom was predeceased by sisters, Francis Pash (Ernie) and Dorothy Rice (Glen); brothers, Arthur Porter (Dawn), Donald Porter (Helen) and John Porter (Vivian); daughters-in-law, Kathleen (Dan) and Teresa (Jeff). She was also predeceased by her husband, Don Goodspeed (2021). Loving partners for over seventy years, Mom and Dad together raised and inspired four children, travelled extensively, cultivated many close and devoted friends, and spread their love of song and dance.

Mom was a welcoming, forgiving and loyal parent. She maintained close relationships with her extended family, always offering love and support for all. She was proud of her rural roots, and strove to instill a love of Mother Nature in her children. She created wonderful vegetable and flower gardens and shared many insights into the natural world.

Music was a part of her soul. She taught many students piano and continued to find much enjoyment from her time at the piano bench. She and Dad loved to sing. They were long-time members of St. Andrews United church choir and also sang in the Truro Cantabile choir. True snowbirds, they joined their church choir in Florida and participated in many musical productions staged at C21 Park in Fort Myers, their winter home for three decades.

Mom had a creative spark, resulting in many and varied treasures that have been gifted to family and friends. She would often create narrative poems to mark significant family events. She was an accomplished seamstress, making clothing, draperies and quilts for herself, her family and others. In her later years she particularly enjoyed needlework. As a long-time member of the Marigold Guild, she undertook many intricate and challenging projects that have become family keepsakes. Mom also enjoyed painting, working in various media over the years, and often teaming up with Dad decorating wooden pieces built in his workshop.

Mom and Dad were among the first members of Ski Wentworth and enjoyed many winters on the slopes with their family. She was also a member of the Truro Curling Club for several years. She was passionate about golf, a long-time member of the Truro Golf Club, playing regularly up to her 90th year. She was an avid card player and took great delight in winning. Dancing was perhaps her favourite activity. It was a joy to watch her and Dad glide around the dance floor together.

A life well lived! She is survived by her sons, Dan (Rosemary), Jeff (Amara), Paul (Genie); her daughter, Karen (John McNeil), five adult grandchildren and four delightful great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held 11 am on Friday, May 24, 2024 at St. Andrews United Church, Reverend Shannon MacLean officiating. Donations in memory of Joyce can be made to Cancer Care, QEII Health Sciences Foundation, The Kidney Foundation, Atlantic Chapter or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Tributes, words of comfort and memories may be shared at:

Mary "Joyce" Goodspeed