1936 – 2017
Danielson – Joyce H. (King) Williams, 80, of Westcott Rd., died Sunday, July 9, 2017 in Day Kimball Hospital. She was the former wife of the late Adelard J. Cotnoir and her second husband, the late Arthur Ray Williams. Born in Putnam, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Christine King.
Ms. Williams grew up in the Pomfret Landing section of Pomfret. As a teenager, she worked on the local Jarvis Horse Farm. Her passion for horses enabled her to become an excellent rider being named New England Grand Champion. This gave her the opportunity to ride with Gene Autry’s rodeo show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Raising her four boys as a single mother, Joyce started waitressing at the former Bosworth-Maygold Farms. This later became her first management job that started her career. She would move throughout the country having worked at many famous restaurants, Ken’s Steak House of Massachusetts, The Grand Hyatt of Marco Island, Florida, Chateau Elan of Georgia, and many other local restaurants. Her other activities in life were riding mini bikes and racing go carts with her boys. She loved playing cards, going to the beach, dancing, and just having fun. She was an avid Red Sox’s fan and dog and cat lover which she had many. She was known as a very hard worker which she passed on to her boys. She taught manners, respect and cherish your friends.
Joyce is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Brenda) Cotnoir of E. Putnam, Bruce Cotnoir of Webster, MA, Timothy Williams of Owensboro, KY, and Randy (Jenna) Williams of Gainsville, GA; her sister, Beverly Place of Chepachet, RI; and four grandchildren Lindsey Williams, James Williams, John Robert and Emily Baldwin; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her twin sister Jean Bosworth.
Relatives and friends are invited to Mass of Christian Burial for Joyce on Friday July 14, 2017 at 10:00 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in Eastford Grove Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to support small or large animals, 200 Westboro Rd., N. Grafton, MA 01536. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.