Joyce A (Mulligan) Mac Arthur

Born: Fri., Dec. 9, 1932
Died: Tue., Jul. 11, 2017

Memorial Service

10:30 AM Fri., Aug. 04, 2017
Location: St. John the Evangelist Church

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MORRISTOWN- The funeral services for Joyce A. Mac Arthur, 84, of 302 Caroline St. in Morristown, will be held on August 4th at 10:30AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Morristown by co-celebrants Rev. Douglas Lucia and Rev.  Jay Seymour, officiating.  Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Joyce died Tuesday July 11, 2017 at her home in Morristown

Born on December 9, 1932, she was the daughter of Harold J and Dorothy Carole (Harrington) Mulligan. Joyce graduated from Sherburne High School in 1950.

She worked at Norwich Pharmaceutical Company for two years before marrying her husband of nearly 65 years, Dr. Earl Mac Arthur. The Mac Arthur’s were wed on July 12, 1952 in Sherburne, NY at Saint Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church. Joyce quickly assumed the role of “President’s Wife,” as her husband was the President of SUNY Canton for 20 years. A true host, she was instrumental in having the annual Christmas Gathering. Joyce had a way of making everyone feel welcome in her home. Joyce was the Honorary President of the Women’s Club at SUNY Canton, and served on the Board of Directors at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, as well as the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Foundation, for many years starting in the late 1970’s. She was a member at St. John the Evangelist in Morristown, a former member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton, and St. John the Evangelist in Naples, Florida, where she and her husband spent winters for many years.  

Joyce is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Dr. Earl Mac Arthur, and two sons: Steven, of Diamond Point, NY, and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Peter (Martha), of Canton; 4 grandchildren: Christopher (Alene), of Saratoga Springs, NY, Nicolas (Carly) of Clifton Park, NY, Samantha, of Boston, MA, and Shane, of Canton, NY; 4 great grandchildren: Joseph, Paul, Chloe and Jon; Two brothers: Harry (Sandy) Mulligan of Norwich, NY, Paul (Gloria) of Hamilton, NY and one sister, Theresa (Andrew) Heinegg of Potsdam, NY, as well as multiple nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Joyce A. Mac Arthur Scholarship Fund, Canton College Foundation, 34 Cornell Dr., Canton, NY 13617. Condolences, flowers, food and pictures may be shared at

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Louise & Randy Wright
   Posted Thu July 13, 2017
Dear MacArthur Families,

We were so sorry to hear about Joyce. Please accept our most sincere condolences.........

Louise & Randy Wright

Richard Clark
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Please accept the condolences of Clan MacArthur

Bryan and Joan Felitto
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Earl and family : We were saddened to learn of Joyce's passing.

She was such a vital force for good for so many years who always sought the best in others and extended herself to make others lives meaningful. She will be missed , but her legacy lives on through her children , grandchildren , great grandchildren and all who's lives she touched .

Earl , no words are adequete at times like this , but the sixty five years you shared together are testimony to the depth of your love . True love never dies it simply shines through those who continue on and you will be her beacon .

Our deepest sympathy , prayers and thoughts are with you all

Bryan and Joan

Jerry & Patty Durant, Sevierville, TN
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Our sincere condolences, Earl and family, on the passing of your beloved Joyce. Our prayers are with you.

Jerry & Patty Durant

Freda and Charlie Bradt
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Dear Earl/family - so many years of wonderful memories. We could always count on loving
support from both of you. Joyce blessed the Canton community in many ways. Please
accept our sympathy at this sad time.
Freda and Charlie

Hope Barden VanScoy
   Posted Sat July 15, 2017
Earl and children,
We of the Candor School and community extend our heartfelt sympathies. Joyce was part of your amazing team of compassion, humor, love of children, and care of friends. May your memories, friends, family and faith bring you comfort.

Love wrapped in wonderful memories.
Hope ( My folks must have greeted her with open arms.)

Dave and Diane Keller
   Posted Sun July 16, 2017
Earl and family,
You and Joyce were the winning combination that enriched the Canton campus for 20 years. What a beautiful team to enrich the academic and social lives of students, faculty and staff.
Joyce was such a gracious host at numerous Presidential gatherings at your home and on campus where the guests were made to feel comfortable and welcome.
Sincere condolences to you and your family at this time.
With deepest sympathy, Diane and Dave

Dan King
   Posted Sun July 16, 2017
Dear MacArthur Family,

So sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. I met her and Earl at many family functions and Canton and ATC events with Martha's parents (my Aunt & Uncle who I still miss today but will always carry those happy memories with me as I know you all will). I really enjoyed her and Earls company when we spoke and fondly remembering sharing laughs together with them. I had an extra fond liking of Joyce being that she was Sammi and Shane's grandmother. Of course that goes for Martha and Pete too. All my best to you all. Remembering all the good times and the laughs from past, present and into the future. Cousin Dan King (Sammi & Shane's Great Cousin)

Judy Martin
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
Dear Dr. Mac Arthur and Family,
My sincere sympathy for your loss of Joyce. Many years ago she was a customer of my beauty shop. I could always count on her, Friday at 9:00, to come though the door with a smile on her face and an ear to listen ,about my week. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely Judy

Lori Smithers
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
Dear Marti, Peter and Family:

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one, your friend, your mother. Although I only met her a few times, I could tell she was a special person. She was always very friendly and a very classy lady.

Please know I am thinking of you during this difficult time and may you take comfort in knowing she touched so many lives. Her legacy will live on in not only all of you, her loved ones, but in the community and through the lives she touched by giving back to so many.

God bless,
Lori Smithers

Paula Jacques
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
Dear Earl and family,
So very sorry to hear of Joyce's passing.
Her gracious manner and her smile were so very special. Prayers for each of you.
Phillip and Paula Jacques

Lorraine (Humphrey) & Rory McTarnaghan
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
"Uncle" Earl, Steven, Peter,,

So sad to learn of "Aunt" Joyce's passing. Wishing you strength & love in this difficult time.

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you !

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