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NEWPORT-Joyce Eileen (Holman) Pepin, 78, went to be with our Lord on June 10, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 22, 1931 in Rumford, a daughter of Harold and Agnes (Harlow) Holman. Joyce was a Mayflower descendant of Richard Warren and was a descendant of Col. Jonathan Holman, founder of Dixfield, Maine (formerly named Holmanville). She was a 1949 graduate of Dixfield High School and was selected the "All Around Female Student" for her participation in sports, music, drama, cheerleading, and class/club leadership. She was Salutatorian of her class and was crowned Queen of Dixfield High School's first Winter Carnival. Joyce worked eight years as secretary at Timberlands , Inc. in Dixfield; one year in the office of Charles Crossland, Asst. to the President of the University of Maine in Orono; served as Town Clerk and Tax Collector for the Town of Newport for three years; and was employed as a secretary-real estate salesperson at Pine Cone Realty in Newport until her retirement.

She was a communicant of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Pittsfield. She had served as secretary of the Bishop's Campaign, church typist, choir member, church lector, Sunday school teacher and superintendent C.C.D. teacher and co-coordinator. She was involved as a PAL cheerleading coach, homeroom mother, Cub Scout leader, ballot clerk, substitute teacher, Dixfield Social Club member, secretary of the Dixfield High School Alumni Association, Little League assistant baseball coach, a Sesqui-Belle, volunteer for the Sebasticook Valley Community Center, and president of the S.A.D. #48 Music Boosters.

Joyce was happiest when she had her family around her. The highlights of the year were Christmas, their annual camping trip to Papoose Pond Campground and Resort, and Holman family reunions. She adored her grandchildren and shared many ties with them. Joyce was a very thoughtful, loving and caring person and will be greatly missed by those lives she touched.

On February 25, 1956, Joyce married Paul Joseph Pepin, a former high school teacher and coach at Searsport, Newport, and Nokomis Regional High Schools. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 2 sons, Michael Pepin of Oakland, and David Pepin and fiancée, Diane Whitmore of Newport; 2 daughters, Cheryl and husband Francis Gonzalez of Newport and Sandra and husband Brett Crosby of Hermon; 11 grandchildren, Christopher and Jinger Pepin, Jeremy, Rachelle, Brianna and Kyle Pepin, Kerianne Neans, Nicholas, Anthony, and Kristina Gonzalez, and Andrew and Katie Jo Crosby; 4 great grandchildren, Natalea and Silas Pepin, Faith Neans, and baby boy Pepin due in July; a sister, Barbara Kendall of Brunswick; many special nieces, nephews and friends. Joyce was predeceased by 2 sisters, Hazel Hardy and Sylvia Gordon; 5 brothers, Kenneth, Clayton, Lauren, Harold, Jr., and Elwood.

Funeral services will be held 3 P.M., Monday, June 15th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Newport. In lieu of flowers, at Joyce's request, donations may be made to the Kyle David Pepin Fund, c/o Sandi Crosby, 916 Fuller Road, Hermon, ME 04401. Kyle is waging a difficult battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written tributes at

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