Joyce Barnes Heal, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pa., after a brief illness. At the time of her death, her beloved husband of 52 years, Lionel, and her two children, Mark Runius and Heidi Heal Bonner, were by her side.

Joyce was born Feb. 26, 1934, in St. George to Floyd W. and Marion Mossman Barnes. After graduating from St. George High School in 1951, she worked as a secretary at both Algin Corp. in Rockland and Bethlehem Steel in Quincy, Mass.

In 1963, Joyce returned to Maine, where she owned and operated the Rockland Motel in Glen Cove for 15 years. In 1979, Joyce began working at the Mary E. Taylor Middle School in Camden as a teacher's aide. She went on to become the administrative assistant at the school, and worked there for 25 years before retiring in 2004. Following her retirement, she and Lionel spent their winters in Dunedin, Fla., for 10 years. In 2014, she and Lionel moved from Maine to Pennsylvania to be near their daughter.

Joyce loved to dance, and some of her favorite memories were of time spent dancing with Lionel at Echo Hill Lodge and her retirement community dances in Florida. She loved her job at the Middle School, too, especially being able to develop strong friendships with many colleagues over the years.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Lionel, of Valley Township, Pa.; son Mark and his wife, Lauri, of Warren; daughter Heidi and her husband, Tom, of Chester Springs, Pa.; her grandchildren, Ben and his wife, Samantha, Meghan, all of Rockland, Michael, Aidan and Matthew, all of Chester Springs. She was also close to her nephew, David, and his wife, Linda. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Shirley.

There will be a committal service held at Ridge Cemetery this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Joyce's memory to either Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund, c/o Pen Bay Healthcare, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841, or The Hyssongs, P.O. Box 525, Rockport, ME 04856. Joyce always enjoyed hearing their musical ministry.

Local arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockalnd. To share a memory or condolence with the Heal family, visit their Book of Memories at