MacGovern, Joyce Ann (Gifford)

Joyce Ann MacGovern

Joyce Ann (Gifford) MacGovern, 85, of Farmington died unexpectedly, but peacefully with her family by her side at Hartford Hospital on Saturday, September 3. Born in Middletown, CT on September 26, 1930 to Randall H. and Dorothy S. Gifford, she spent her childhood in West Hartford and summers in Maine on her beloved Messalonskee Lake. In June 1953, she earned her B.S. degree and was licensed as a Registered Nurse by Hartford Hospital School of Nursing. She married her husband, Warren Taylor “Bud” MacGovern, in September 1953 and they moved in 1955 to their current home in Farmington, where they raised their 4 children. After Bud retired in 1988, they were lucky enough to be able to spend 26 summers in the home that she helped her father build on the lake. Joyce was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Janet Ficken. She is survived by her husband, Bud, and their children and spouses: Stephen John (Paulette), Nancy Jo (Philip), Robert Warren (Tammy), and Randall Harding (Ellen). She is also survived by her five grandchildren Stacey (Jared) Richard, Samantha (Jay) Garfall, Kevin Lombardo, Sarah (Robert) Watson, and Jonathan (Kelly) MacGovern, a great-grandson, Henry Stephen Richard, and a brother, Randall H. Gifford Jr. of Florida. She was the best wife and mother her husband and children could have had, and she will be greatly missed by them as well as by all other relatives and her friends.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

At her request, services will be private at the convenience of the family. 


Memorial Contribution

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joyce's memory to Friends of Messalonskee, P.O. Box 532, Oakland, ME 04963 which is dedicated to the preservation of the lake and its ecosystem.

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