Joyce Harwood

Joyce Elisabeth Harwood (Ledger)

January 17, 1926 - April 20, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Joyce Harwood, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Joyce Harwood

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Joyce's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Joyce's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


Joyce Elisabeth (Ledger) Harwood, 94, formerly of Wilbraham, MA, died peacefully on April 20, 2020 at Sugar Hill Assisted Living in Dalton, MA.

She was born in Springfield, MA on January 17, 1926 to the late Albert and Gladys (Arnold) Ledger.

She was a graduate of Classical High School and Virginia Intermont Junior College. She married Frederick W. Harwood on September 27, 1952. Together, they danced through over 50 years of marriage with regular Saturday night dance dates. Joyce loved to dance! You name it, fox trot, jitter bug, swing and square dancing.

After her husband died on May 7, 2005, she turned from dancing to Tai-chi.

After college, she was private secretary to the Engineering VP of Package Machinery Company. She later assisted the head of the Rehabilitation Counseling Dept. at Springfield College, and finally she worked for her friends’ business, Simkins Square Dance Clothing Shop, which allowed her more flexibility while raising her children.

Her focus in life was nurturing her family and providing them with her unending love and support. She loved to make others smile and would tell just the right joke at just the right time.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Stephen W. Harwood of Ware, Ma and Becky J. Booker of Hinsdale, MA, and her son-in-law, Keith L. Harrison, as well as by the great joys of her life, granddaughter, Elisha J. Booker of Catskill, NY, grandson, Joshua C. Booker of Hudson, NY, and great-grandson, Dean C. Mellan of Catskill, NY, and as close as a great-granddaughter, Briana M. Rivera of S.Carolina. She also leaves her many beloved nieces and nephews and their spouses and children.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Dean C. Booker, her sister, Norma J. Auchter and brother in-law, John R. Auchter.

The family wishes to thank Sugar Hill for their devoted care of Joyce in her last years, as well as, HospiceCare in the Berkshires for their kindness and support in her final days.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at a later date when family can gather. Donations in her memory may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. DERY FUNERAL HOME is handling the arrangements.
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joyce Elisabeth Harwood (Ledger), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Joyce

Service Details

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Joyce Elisabeth Harwood (Ledger).


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Joyce here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Provide comfort for the family of Joyce Elisabeth Harwood (Ledger) by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Elizabeth Leonard

Posted at 07:02pm
Becky, I am so very sorry for your loss. In mom’s last months at Sugar Hill, I got to know Joyce, as she shared a table with mom. I so appreciated how sweet and kind she was. The three of us managed some stimulating lunch conversations! I was also present for one of her syncope episodes and was terrified for her. Her episode was so much more significant than mom’s ever we’re. I felt blessed that I could have a snippet of time to know such a sweet, gracious, lovely person. I know how much you will miss her. But what comfort for you that you could be with her, despite this
current health crisis. My deepest sympathy to you and all your family.
Liz Leonard

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: