Shrewsbury – Joyce A. (Barber) Farley, 67, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully with her daughter by her side Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, after a long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Joyce was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After completing school, she joined Trans World Airlines (TWA) as a flight attendant and flew with the company for over thirty years. Hard working and always adventurous, Joyce enjoyed traveling extensively around the United States and abroad through her profession.
After starting her career in St. Louis, Joyce then moved to New York where she married Jim Farley, gave birth to her daughter, Shannon, and then made their family home in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. in the Hudson Valley – a region that she cherished. When she was not flying with TWA, Joyce also worked for many years as a custodial secretary in the New York City Public School system.
Joyce adored her family and friends and always made time with them special. She is survived by her daughter, Shannon Farley Creedon and her husband, John W.S. Creedon Jr., and their children, John III and James of Worcester; her brother, John Barber, and his wife Carin of Nunam Iqua, Alaska; her brother, Jim Barber and his wife Debbie of Dittmer, Missouri; her brother, Chuck Barber of Eagle River, Alaska; her sister-in-law, Marge Barber of Tucson, Arizona; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joyce was predeceased by her parents and by her brother, Jerry Barber.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 -7 p.m., at Britton- Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m., at St. John's Church, 44 Temple St., Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UMass Medicine Development Office, 333 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545, which will be used to advance the work of the outstanding UMass Pulmonary team whom Joyce admired and trusted.