WESTFIELD – Constance (Pierce) Joyner passed away on November 26, 2019 in Westfield. Connie was born on July 21, 1933 in Montpelier, VT. and was the daughter of Mortimer Collins Pierce and Beatrice Holton Pierce. Connie was a 1951 graduate of Montpelier High School. She received a B.S. in Education from the University of Vermont in 1955, and took graduate courses at the University of Conn. School of Social Work. After graduation, she spent the summer in Europe, a gift from her parents. She then taught second grade in Wilmington, VT. for two years. On February 22, 1958 she married her college sweetheart, Gerald Andrew Joyner and they moved to California where their two children were born.
In later years, Connie worked as a supervisor for Welcome Wagon International and as a real estate broker for over thirty years in Westfield. She was very proud of her real estate memoir entitled “REALTORS NEVER DIE—THEY JUST BECOME LISTLESS” published in 2004. Her other interests included traveling with her husband to visit their children, going to the horse races and casinos, bowling, skiing, coin collecting and square dancing. Connie was a former member of the Westfield and Ramapogue Women’s Clubs, the Pioneer Valley Square Dancing Club, The Mayflower Society and the Alden Kindred of America Association. She was a 12th generation descendant of John Alden. Connie is remembered for her kindness, sense of humor and ready smile. She loved musical theater, big band concerts and movies and took great pleasure in following her daughter’s professional acting career. She was a loyal friend and always enjoyed her school reunions. She is survived by her husband Gerald of 61 years. She leaves a son, Clifford Andrew Joyner, of Monument, CO., her daughter-in-law Patricia and their son Ryan. She also leaves a daughter, Michelle Louise Joyner and her twin sons Cassius and Duke Abraham of Los Angeles, CA. and Great Barrington, MA. and son-in-law Robert Egan. She was very fond of her late mother’s-in-law Gertrude and Irene Joyner, and late father-in-law Cy Joyner, as well as her sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Denise Joyner of Colorado.
There will be calling hours at the family home at 20 College Park Lane in Westfield on Sunday, December 15th from 2-5pm. The burial will be at the family plot in Berlin, VT at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross. A bench in her honor will be installed at Stanley Park.