Tewksbury, MA — On July 12, 2014, Janet Ferguson, 84, of Tewksbury, formerly of Cambridge and Haverhill, beloved mother of Eileen Angel (Ferguson) Joyce and her husband, Bill, devoted grandmother of Billy, Jeff, Maggie, and Tommy, passed away peacefully at her home, with her loving family, after a lengthy decline in health.
Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Margaret (Collins) Ferguson. She attended St. James Grammar School and Haverhill High School. She moved from Haverhill in 1954, eventually settling in Cambridge, where she lived for 32 years. She had spent the last 22 years with her daughter and family in Tewksbury.
Janet worked in electronics for most of her life, retiring in 1993 from the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, where she worked for almost 25 years. There she was a quality control inspector and served on the executive board for the Research and Development Technical Employees’ Union. Throughout her life, she also waitressed part-time at many establishments, beginning with the Normandy Lounge in Salisbury Beach, back in the early 1950s. She was foremost, a dedicated grandmother, but also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, listening to Tony Bennett and watching anything with Bette Davis. Janet was a very hardworking woman and a 37-year friend of Bill W.
She leaves her loving daughter and son-in-law, Eileen Angel Joyce and William M. of Tewksbury; four cherished grandchildren, William M. Joyce Jr. and his wife, Kristin, of Bradford, Mass., Jeffrey R. Joyce and his fiancée, Emily of Fairhaven, Mass., Margaret A. Joyce and Thomas J. Joyce, both of Tewksbury; and a great-granddaughter, Keiley M. Joyce of Fairhaven. She leaves a brother, William N. Ferguson and his wife, Carole, of Salem, N.H.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her siblings, Robert H. Ferguson and Shirley F. Gigliotti, and her husband, Albert, John J. Ferguson, Richard E. Ferguson, and Eugene C. Ferguson.