Corey, Joyce Frances (Gudoyan)


Joyce Frances (Gudoyan) Corey, 82, of Warwick and Block Island, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2023. She was the loving wife of Rev. Mr. John A. Corey. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Nazareth and Carmela (La Polla) Gudoyan.

Joyce was raised in Providence where she graduated from Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and from St. Teresa High School. Joyce was an active member of the Block Island community for 17 years and later moved to Warwick. She worked at the Narragansett Inn, Gables Inn and Joyce served as a Librarian at the Island Free Library. After moving back to the mainland, she worked at G. Fox Company, a Sales Representative for Cranston Mercantile and The Fabric Place.

She was a member of the Block Island Ecumenical Youth Group. She was also a member of the St. Andrews Catholic Guild as well as the Rhode Island Quilting Society. In her free time, she enjoyed creating quilts (donated to Hasbro Children Hospital), making oriental rugs, baking for family, and community events.

Alongside her devoted husband, she is survived by her beloved children, John A. Corey (Rhonda) of Warwick and Douglas J. Corey of Wakefield, her sister Judith DeFrancesco (Ronald) of Exeter and three grandchildren, Alexander J. Corey, Lara S. Corey, and Nicholas M. Corey. She was the sister of the late Ann Maccarone.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 10:30AM at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 84 Exeter Road, Exeter. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass in Church from 9:00AM-10:30AM. Interment will follow at St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.

Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to THE URQUHART-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.