Joyce Margaret Auclair, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2005. She was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts on November 18, 1932. She moved to the South Bay area with her husband and children fifty-one years ago. She loved her arts and crafts projects and when she was not busy doing them, she was often seen at the local bingo hall. She loved to cook and homemade candy was her specialty. She was known as “The Fudge Lady” and made over fifty pounds of various kinds of fudge every Christmas. It was said that her peanut brittle was better than See’s. Joyce loved life and never missed an opportunity to live it to the fullest. She is survived by her devoted husband of 55 years, Leo Auclair, her loving children Leo Auclair Jr. (Karen), William Auclair, Patricia Auclair, and Donna Ackerman (Scott), her grandchildren Leo Auclair III, Eric Auclair (Andy), Julia Ackerman, Jessica Ackerman, and Felicia Ackerman, and her great granddaughters Rainbow and Isabella. Joyce was deeply loved by her extended family and friends and will be greatly missed by all. Family and friends will gather on Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Rice Mortuary to share in a memorial service with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Joyce’s memory to the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation (P.O. Box 130819 Houston, TX 77219-0818 or

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  1. I loved Gramma so much, one of the greatest women I’ve met in my life. I will cherish memoires I have of holidays and birthdays shared with the Auclair family.

  2. Joyce was such a kind and loving person. I loved that she spoke her mind and was such a strong woman. Also such a giving person,when I commented on her bead work she was so kind to show up on Christmas Eve with one for me..I will cherish and think of her when I look at my mantle at Christmastime and see her angel and Santa all lit up. God bless you Joyce!

  3. Thank you for inviting us to sign the guest book and share the past good times.Estelle and joyce did hobbies together for many years.We also did a lot of camping with her and joyce.Estelle dearly loved joyce and will miss her very much.Please accept our sincere condolences to you and the rest of your family in the loss of a wondefull person.Stan and Estelle peterson

  4. I remember my Aunt Joyce as an incredibly honest person who ALWAYS spoke her mind. She never lost her enthusiasm for travel, her dogs, life, and especially her Soul Mate, Leo. We will miss her greatly but will never forget her. May she rest in peace.

  5. My prayers and peace are with you aunt joyce. We will miss you dearly. Love always Pamela & David Limoges

  6. Aunt Joyce was a special lady who loved life to its fullest – we’ll miss her. Our deepest condolences to Uncle Leo and the family.

  7. My heart goes out to all of you. I spent many days of my teenage years at the Auclair house. I will always remember how proud Joyce was of all of her children.

  8. After only knowing Joyce for one short weekend I can see why she is survived by such wonderful people. She was an inspiration to me, lively, generous and kind in her last few months with all of us.

  9. Joyce was so full of life. It is hard to believe she is gone. She was so talented and loved her hobbies. I feel that she was a friend of mine. She accepted this mother-in-law as part of the family. I miss her and I am so sorry.

  10. Dear Auclair Family, Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Fond memories of your Mom will always be with me. I will always remember the great peanut butter fudge she made on holidays. Joyce always asked me to take Donna shopping for clothes because she hated to shop. Donna had a credit card, Mom gave her, and she still did not want to go. I can go on and on but I feel blessed that I had the chance to spend an evening with her last month.

  11. Joyce was my best friend and like a mother to me. I loved her dearly and will miss her until the day I die.

  12. I had the priviledge of knowing Joyce over a period of many years. She was a strong woman who endured the pain of her affliction with grace. My sorrow for her loss is only replaced by the thought that she is now without pain and smiling down upon us all from a greater place. My heart goes out to all of those she left behind so my prayers are with you. My the Lord be with you all during this most difficult time.

  13. Words somehow seem inadequate to help you in your grief…but may your memories be a source of comfort and relief. She will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. The Gioulis and Deis families are saddened by the loss of Joyce and express our deepest sympathies to grandpa Leo and the Auclair family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Dear Auclair family and friends, When I think of Joyce I keep having a vision of her in a big Bingo Hall, with a plate full of peanut butter fudge and other delicious delicacies that she was so well known for making; passing them out to the others in the hall, talking about the beautiful dolls she made and the other wonderful crafts she’d done; conversing about her loving family and her grand life. These vessels we use while on this plant wear-out eventually, we are then left with memories of our loved ones that keep them close and immortal. May memories of Joyce keep her close to you forever and help to relieve some of your sorrow in this time of grief. Hey, I think I just heard Joyce yell BINGO!

  16. I was the luckiest girl in the world to have Joyce as my mother-in-law. I couldn’t have had a better mother-in-law if I had picked her myself. Joyce (and Leo) have always treated me as a daughter and I love them both dearly. I will always be appreciative of her advice and counsel through the years. But more than that – I am grateful that my children had such a wonderful grandmother. Leo and I were not fortunate enough to have grandmothers in our lives and we wanted that for our children. Joyce more than fulfilled that role. Leo #3 and Eric (and I’m sure Julia, Jessica and Felicia also) knew that their grandmother loved them unconditionally. Even when they did something stupid or got into trouble, Grandma was there to support them. I will be always be thankful for that and I will miss her forever.

  17. My Mom was the best person in the world. She was always their for me, even when I did stupid things. I could call her on the phone and talk to her for a long time and she would always listen to my problems. I will miss our phone calls, but I will always have her in my heart and I know she is looking down on me and still watching over me. Now if I want to talk to her I will just find a special place and just start talking and I know she will hear me. I love you!

  18. Grandma Joyce was the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She is also the strongest woman I have ever met. She was beautiful inside and out. I will never forget the night she kept me up for hours showing me all of her beany baby’s and telling me all about them. She was crazy about those things. I miss her so much. She was an absolutely amazing woman, and I can only hope that as I grow older I will follow in her footsteps and become as great of a wife, mother, and grandmother as she was.

  19. Hi Mom, This is Patty I thank God for him giving me to you and Dad. You both showed me Love, and to be a strong person which I have passed on to my children Julia and Jessica. You both where always there for me. To give me advice even if I didn’t want it. Mom you will always be with me in my heart and my memories. I Love you Mommy, I Love you Daddy. Mom do me one more favor thank God for me, for you. Your beloved daugther Patricia

  20. Leo Robert Auclair III misses her so much. He struggles with the loss daily. I see it and it breaks my heart.

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