MOUNT VERNON -- Joan (Hoyt) Dewey, 77, of Mount Vernon, found eternal peace on the morning of Feb. 7, 2013. She passed away peacefully with her grandson Joshua by her side at Lakewood Continuing Care Center in Waterville.
"Joannie" was born on April 22, 1935, in Houlton, to Beatrice and John Hoyt. She attended Bridgewater Classical Academy before moving to Southington, Conn., where she grounded herself, raising her four children. Joan worked at Lori Lock Co. for many years before retiring and buying her home in Mount Vernon by the lake -- a lifelong dream. Joan will be forever known for the smile that she always had on her face, no matter what the weather or the struggle. She was a loving, caring lady who was always ready to help anyone in any way that she could. A member of the Southington Moose Club, American Legion and Sons of Italy, she helped with many benefits for local families over the years. She was always more concerned with the well-being of others than her own. Before retiring, she enjoyed spending summers in Maine at her brother's family camp, being out on the boat and taking her grandchildren to tag sales. Upon moving to Maine, she obtained her resident permanent fishing license that she enjoyed using very much.
She enjoyed the company of her family, trips to the lake and spending time with her beloved dogs, Sammy and Benji. She will forever be remembered for walking around any summertime get-together and placing a plastic cup over the top of an open beverage to keep bees from getting in them -- a longtime fear of hers.
Joan was predeceased by her son, Wilbur Kinney, in 1988; her parents, Beatrice and John Hoyt; a sister, Daphine Antworth; brothers Malcolm, Earl, Eddie and Francis Hoyt and his wife, Dorothy; and special longtime friend Charlie Arnold.
She is survived by her brother, Albert Hoyt, of Mount Vernon; a daughter, Lisa Ann Kinney, of Waldoboro; a son, Gary Kinney, of Clinton; and son Frederick Kinney, of Connecticut; grandchildren Joshua West, of Bangor, Dwayne West, his wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Travis and Shawn, of Minot; granddaughter Erica Lynn Boyington, of Waldoboro, and her children, Kylie, Alexa and Kaysen; grandson Justin Kinney, of Mount Vernon, and his children Madison and Zackary; and grandson Matthew Kinney, of Bremen, and his daughter, Kayla; and her former husband, Gerald Dewey, of New Hampshire; as well as many nieces and nephews in Connecticut.
Joan will be cremated at her request and a springtime graveside service will be held at Old German Church Cemetery in Waldoboro, where she will be buried with her son, Wilbur Kinney.
A true Hoyt family style celebration of her life will be held at her brother's family camp following the graveside service, where some of her ashes will be spread around the property, so that a part of her will always be in the place that she loved the most.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lakewood Continuing Care Center, c/o Moonlight Bay -- Dementia Unit, 220 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville, ME 04901.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and nurses in the Moonlight Bay unit at Lakewood Continuing Care Center for the care she received during the time that she was unable to care for herself as well as the care and support they gave to her family during the final days of her life. A special thank you to Nicole, for the extra special care which her grandson feels truly made an impact on the final hours of her life.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott's Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.