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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Margaret B. Joyner, 72

Margaret Edith Blair (Susie to her family) Joyner of Gainesville, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 30, 2014 in Gainesville after a long respiratory illness. She was 72.

She was born May 16, 1942 in the Bronx, N.Y. She was the daughter of John Kenneth and Cornelia Ensign Joyner and grew up in Westport

She earned a B.A. in English, and a M.A. in English, with distinction, as well as a B.A. in plant physiology, and B.S. in environmental horticulture, at the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in plant physiology/tropical agriculture at the University of Florida. She had almost finished a dissertation for a doctorate in anthropology at the University of Florida.

She was editor of the Florida Museum of Natural History Bulletin for a time and supervised various science department laboratories at UF in her years as a student. Later she edited many theses and dissertations usually for students for whom English was a second language, as well as book manuscripts, journal articles, and grant proposals.

She was a former social worker, television commercial creator, an accomplished and published book editor at Oxford University Press and Yale University Press before going to Gainesville. She was an active member of the Gainesville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), co-president 2005-2007, and the original designer and creator of the annual certificate of the local Friends of Susan B. Anthony.

She was a registered Democrat, and a member of the Congregationalist Church in her youth.

She enjoyed spending time in St. Lucia where she did her major research. Her favorite connections to the rest of the world were subscriptions to The Economist, The New Yorker, Opera News, and Science News. She was predeceased by her cherished cats, Sam and Winston.

She is survived by her brother Douglas B. Joyner of Ligonier, Pa., and her cousin Arthur Anderson, of New York City.

A memorial service will be held later with her internment at the family’s plot in the Evergreen Cemetery of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport. Their pastor, the Rev. Allison J. Buttrick Patton, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Florida AAUW Tech Trek ( [a weeklong summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)] workshop for incoming eighth grade girls, or Gainesville’s Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.


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Oh, such sad news.  I knew Susie well for our whole childhoods.  The class of 1960 at Staples just held our 55th reunion and I remember people asking me, “Did you hear from Susie Joyner?”  This will come as q real shock to so many who loved her.

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