Joyce Marie Borges
Scottsdale - Joyce Marie Borges passed away peacefully at age 66, on February 3, 2018 surrounded by her loving husband, son and daughter-in-law. After a long illness, Joyce is now at peace with our Lord Jesus. Joyce was born in Bristol, R.I. on February 4, 1951 to Irene and Michael Prezioso. She grew up with two brothers, Michael and Tom Prezioso. Joyce married her high school sweetheart, Ron Borges, in 1970 and she spend the rest of her life with him – theirs was a wonderful love story, best friends, constant companions and always caring for each other. In 1973, they had a son, Ryan whom she greatly loved.
Joyce graduated from Bristol High School in June 1969. She worked in the banking industry until 1977 working her way up to assistant branch manager. That year, Ron’s work took the family to Houston; from there the family moved to Saudi Arabia and eventually to the Phoenix area –making it home in 1988. She made many friends at each of these locations. In Saudi, she worked as an assistant to the business manager for Aramco schools. When she came to Phoenix, she worked mostly at Westwood High School in their Career Center, where she got much satisfaction when helping students find careers and job opportunities.
Joyce had an outgoing personality and a smile that would light up a room. She made friends easily and loved being with and talking with her friends. She enjoyed reading, baking, scrap booking, quilting, and playing piano, and had a knack for interior decorating. She was an elegant hostess and always made everyone in her home feel special. The holidays will not be the same without her incredible Italian Cookies.
Career aside, Joyce loved being with her family. She was the heart of the family, putting her husband’s and son’s wellbeing ahead of her own. She was a loving and thoughtful wife and Mother; caring for her family and raising her son to be an honest, trustworthy and respectful person – mission accomplished! She was happiest when the family was together, at dinner, holidays and special occasions. She enjoyed travelling with Ron; favorite places included Hawaii, Italy and a special cruise to Bermuda with her parents.
On a personal note, Joyce and I have been together for 50+ years; we were constant companions, traveled the world, enjoyed our family and friends, and especially enjoyed simply being in each other’s company. We loved each other, cared for each other, and otherwise lived our lives for each other- I really don’t know how I will get along without her. She was a loving wife, loving and caring mother and a true friend - simply a beautiful person. The world is a sadder place without her.
She is survived by her husband Ron, son Ryan (Krista) and grandson Alan of Gilbert, mother Irene Prezioso and brothers Tom (Maria) of Bristol, and Michael (Donna) of Mission Viejo, CA, brother-in-law’s Bruce (Becky) of Swansea, Mass., Ken (Sheila) of Smithfield, RI and Michael (Betty) of East Providence, RI and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Funeral services from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood Street, Bristol, RI Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State Street, Bristol. Burial will follow in North Burial Ground, Hope Street, Bristol. Visiting hours will be Friday, August 31, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or online at www.stjude.org/memorial For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com
Eulogy for Joyce
My Joyce, my Joycee, my Babs, you left us too early – much too early. Joyce was full of life; fun to be with, always happy, always smiling. And what a beautiful smile, it would warm your heart as it did mine from the very moment we first met and throughout our life together.
I met Joyce in the summer of 1966, I was 17 and she was 15. We started dating and after a few months, were inseparable. She was so right for me; she outgoing and a chatter box and I was introverted and hardly said anything. It was a wonder she stayed with me – but I am so glad she did.
Joyce graduated high school in 1969 and we got engaged; we married a year later. We didn’t have much at the time but it was a wonderful time in our life; our love for each other grew every day and never did stop growing. In 1973, we were blessed with a son, Ryan – we had started our family and couldn’t have been happier.
Joyce worked throughout her life and was successful at the positions she held. She was successful because she was intelligent, had a good work ethic and was so easy to like - always cheerful and smiling. She enjoyed getting out of the house, interacting with her co-workers and getting all dressed up. She really enjoyed nice clothes and shoes – and she has much of both.
But as much as she enjoyed going to work, she enjoyed getting home - as did I. We couldn’t wait to get home to see each other, to be at home with each other even if we did not have anything planned for the evening. On most weekends, we would pick a restaurant and have dinner and maybe an occasional drink. Sometime we would get out Friday night, and Saturday night and yes – even Sunday morning – a real trifecta.
Joyce loved being with her family. She was the heart of the family, putting her husband’s and son’s wellbeing ahead of her own. She raised her son to be an honest, trustworthy and respectful person – and she did this job well. She was happiest when the family was together, at dinner, holidays and special occasions.
What else did Joyce enjoy doing? She enjoyed reading the paper in the morning with me, was a good cook but really loved to bake, created scrap books, quilted, loved to shop (and was a “good” shopper) and had a knack for interior decorating.
·She did two wonderful scrap books; one for her son and one for me (please stop by our house to see these works of art),
·She spent six months remodeling our Temple home - it came out beautiful.
·She learned to quilt later in life from a friend. For her first quilt, she spend four months making cutting, matching fabric and sewing a beautiful quilt which she presented to me at a Christmas party. She was so proud of that quilt and I was so proud of her for creating such a beautiful quilt and giving it to me – it is something I will cherish for as long as I live.
·She also was an elegant hostess and always made everyone in her home feel welcome and special. And she was known far and wide for her Italian cookies – made only at Christmas time.
Joyce and I have been together for 50+ years; we were constant companions, traveled the world, enjoyed our family and friends, and especially enjoyed simply being in each other’s company. We loved each other, cared for each other, and otherwise lived our lives for each other - I really don’t know how I will get along without her. She was a loving wife, loving and caring mother and a true friend - simply a beautiful person. The world is a sadder place without her.
Joyce first got sick in 2011 and has had many hospitalizations since; she has always fought back from these sicknesses. She had a strong will to live. This last hospitalization was more serious that the ones before, but I always believed she would recover and we would continue our love story, her and I together, as we have in the past. It was not meant to be. She has suffered more than most, but I can tell you that not one time did she complain – and I would not have blamed her if she did. I hope, no I know, she is at peace with our LORD in Heaven, no longer suffering. What I do hope is that when I pass, I find her in heaven so we can spend the rest of eternity together.
So Joyce – my love and my hero - goodbye for now, see you in a bit. Your loving husband Ron
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