Joan C. Duffy WATERBURY CENTER — Joan C. Duffy, 83, a longtime resident of Waterbury Center, passed away in the comfort of her home and family on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, while resting in her sleep. She had battled cancer the last months of her life. Born on May 22, 1935, in Waterbury Center, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Martha (Thurston) Gibbs. On Oct. 16, 1953, she married Richard W. Duffy in Waterbury Center. Richard predeceased Joan on Nov. 19, 1997. They had celebrated 47 years of marriage. Joan worked for Bailey’s Department Store as a teenager. While raising her two sons, Alan and Ryan, she made Moriarty hats and sweaters. Once the boys were in school, she went to work for the Vermont State Employees Credit Union from which she retired following 25 years of service. She was an active member in the Waterbury Center Community Church, its Ladies Aide, and Queen Esther Lodge #7, OES. For the past 16 years, she cherished a loving relationship with her partner, Larry Sweetser, of Waterbury Center. They enjoyed trips all over the country. Day trips in Larry’s convertible were a highlight for her. Larry was devoted to caring for Joan during her long illness. Joan loved gardening, cooking, country music, fishing, hunting, traveling and most of all, her family, sons and grandchildren. Her friends meant a lot to her, as well as her loving dog, Dusty. Joan is survived by her sons Alan Duffy and partner Donna, of Bolton, Ryan Duffy and wife Joann, of Danville; her grandchildren Shawn Duffy, of Colorado, Lisa Duffy, of Starksboro, Michelle Duffy, of Deltona, Florida, Laura Duffy, of St. Johnsbury, Kyle Hoyt, of Montpelier, Tina Hoyt, of Bolton, Amanda Killam, of Lyndonville, and Nicholas Williams, of Middlebury; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as extended family. Joan was predeceased by her siblings Lorraine Sarabia, Paul Gibbs and Marie Russell. Funeral services will be held from the Waterbury Center Community Church on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church dining room. Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Friday from 6–8 p.m. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Waterbury Center Community Church, P.O. Box 216, Waterbury Center, VT 05677. To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

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