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Joyce E. Scanlon (nee Nelson) passed away on 7/20/21. She was born in Kearny, New Jersey and graduated from Kearny High, where she was the drum majorette leading the ‘Kardinal’ marching band at every parade. After high school she attended Bucknell University, focusing on creative writing and a general pursuit of greater knowledge as a member of Delta Zeta sorority. After school, she worked for Blue Cross in Newark before marrying Martin J. Scanlon in 1957, who moved in across the street from her on Stuyvesant Ave. They relocated to Fair Haven and immersed themselves in the community, while raising four children. Joyce worked in the Fair Haven school system for many years, coached girls’ softball, and volunteered in any way she could. She also was an avid participant in Boy Scouts, beginning as a den mother, then working endless summers at Quail Hill Camp as the Arts & Crafts Director until she was awarded scout’s highest honor from the Monmouth County Council.

Joyce was also life-long Yankees’ fan, attending Babe Ruth’s funeral at Yankee Stadium as a teenager. She loved movies, took adult Spanish classes, and cooking. Maybe most of all was her love of nature and animals. She adopted many animals and loved them all. She traveled to Maine nearly every year of her life, most often camping. Her genuine, kind personality led her to many wonderful friendships and experiences. Her life was meaningful, and she made a positive impact wherever she went. Her family is very proud of the legacy Joyce left behind.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Kathryn Nelson and her loving husband of 52 years, Martin J. Scanlon. She is survived by her children, Ellen, and her husband Cameron, Harry, Jim, and his wife Veronica, and Steve, and his wife Patti. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Alex, Matt, Lynelle, Carolyn, and Holly. Her step-grandchildren Jake and Madison Clapp.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 25th from 2 to 5 pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, July 26th at 10 am at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.


Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740