Joyce Ryan-Calabrese



Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Joyce Ryan-Calabrese passed at home on Saturday, September 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was the spouse of the late Ronald Calabrese of the Boston area. Joyce was the daughter of the late Henry and Josephine (Regnault) Moss of Warwick, RI. She graduated from St. Xavier Academy, Roger Williams Hospital School of Nursing obtaining her R.N. She was awarded her undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI and her graduate degree in Business from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Joyce had the honor of sitting on many Boards of Directors including GRACE Ministries, Neighbor to Neighbor, Horry County Council on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association and the Waccamaw Aging Advisory Council.

Besides her wonderful and giving daughter, Kerri J. Brown, Joyce is survived by her son-in-law Brad, her very loving grandson Cody, and a great grandson, Adam. She also leaves three stepsons, James, Jack and Bill, a brother in New England; eight other grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Joyce’s legacy was that she always worked with those less fortunate than she: managing inner city clinics, implementing better healthcare systems for inmates in jails and prisons, attempting to teach about and treat alcoholism issues on Indian reservations in California, and before retirement, establishing an unsurpassed hospice delivery system for the surrounding counties in Myrtle Beach with an elite and professional staff.

A celebration of Joyce's life will be held at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to W.A.R.M. (Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission) at PO Box 1764 Conway, SC 29528 or which is a no kill rescue for any type of animal.

The family wishes to send many thanks to the staff of Regency Hospice who cared for Joyce with much love, integrity and professionalism and to all her friends who cared so lovingly during her journey, especially Reagan Callaghan RN of Elder Advocates and Dr. Laura Flint, PhD. of Specialty Physical Therapy.

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Burroughs Funeral Home of Murrells Inlet, SC (843.651.1440) is assisting the family with the arrangements.