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Joan Mary McGinnis, age 91, passed away January 10, 2018, at Fairview in Groton. Joan was born August 31, 1926 in Hinton, West Virginia, to English immigrants Hugh Arthur Bryce, a mining supervisor, and Lillian Elizabeth Maid. Joan attended Marshall College, where she was swept off her feet by Robert A. McGinnis. They eloped May 8, 1946, and enjoyed 56 years of marriage until Bob’s death in 2002. Joan completed her bachelor’s degree and taught elementary school while Bob began his career in law. They settled in Northern Virginia where they eventually designed and built their home and raised two daughters. After Bob’s death, Joan stayed in Virginia until her move to Connecticut in 2013. Her southern charm stayed with her throughout her life. Joan enjoyed her friends and family, participating in ladies’ clubs, bridge groups, exercise groups, and needlework clubs. She loved the holidays and all the family, food and festivities that went along with them. Joan was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Margaret Joy Shelor, and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Joan leaves her daughter, Joy Langin of Sterling, Virginia; daughter Kathleen Keller and son-in-law David Keller of East Lyme; grandchildren Cori Langin, and Patrick, Joseph, Robin, and Colleen Keller; and great-grandchildren Zariah, Brielle and Jazzlyn Ricks. No services at this time. The family will gather in the spring when Joan will join Bob at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Arrangements are by Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home. The family wishes to acknowledge our friends at Fairview for the kind and gentle care they gave Joan (and us) during her time there. We can’t thank you enough. Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. www.neilanfuneralhome.com

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