Joyce Jean Weed Maclaughlin
Joyce Jean Weed Maclaughlin of Steuben, New York passed peacefully on August 28, 2017 in Rome, New York at the age of 78. Joyce, daughter of Frances Edward Weed and Ellen Gale Weed, both deceased, was born on May 23, 1939 in New Canaan, Connecticut. Along with her brothers Frank and Gary Weed, Joyce grew up with a life full of adventure that took her across the United States and Canada with experiences that a child could only dream of as part of her parents traveling animal road show. As often joked by her father Frank, as a young child Joyce became known as the “girl with the little bare behind” walking across show stages with a black bear in tow as an opening act. While in her teens, Joyce worked during the summer of 1954 at Frontier Town in Hudson, New York as an attendant for the theme park gun range where she would fall in love with a cowboy, Roger C. Maclaughlin. Chance circumstances brought Joyce and Roger together once again in Miami, Florida with them later being married on April 25, 1958. Roger and Joyce settled in Upstate New York eventually buying a horse farm in Steuben where they raised their three children. They also lived in Wilton, New Hampshire and Winooski, Vermont, but would return to the farm the loved in Steuben where they enjoyed their cats and horses.
Throughout her years, Joyce was primarily a homemaker taking care for her family and also working in several local restaurants. In addition, she was a self-taught sketch artist and silversmith by trade. She enjoyed involvement in the Daughters of the American Revolution focusing on preservation and education of America’s history. Joyce also served many years as the Town of Steuben Clerk of Court for her husband, the Honorable Roger C. Maclaughlin. Joyce had effervescent energy and loved to gab and make people laugh. She made a lasting impression on everyone she met.
Joyce is survived by her husband Roger C. Maclaughlin of Steuben, New York; their children Ellen G. Maclaughlin-Beers and her husband Herbert “Bud” Beers of Muse, Florida, Kurt D. Maclaughlin and his wife Wendy Maclaughlin of Barneveld, New York and Sheliah M. Kaufold and her husband William Kaufold of Milford, New Hampshire. She is also survived by her grandchildren whom she adored, Elizabeth Maclaughlin, Seth Maclaughlin, Elise Maclaughlin, Alyssa Kaufold and Benjamin Kaufold. In addition, Joyce is survived by her brothers Frank Weed of Alva, Florida and Gary Weed of Gainesville, Florida.