Joyce A (Mulligan) Mac Arthur

December 9, 1932 ~ July 11, 2017 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Joyce Mac Arthur Obituary

MORRISTOWN- The funeral services for Joyce A. Mac Arthur, 84, of 302 Caroline St. in Morristown, will be held on August 4th at 10:30AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Morristown by co-celebrants Rev. Douglas Lucia and Rev.  Jay Seymour, officiating.  Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Joyce died Tuesday July 11, 2017 at her home in Morristown

Born on December 9, 1932, she was the daughter of Harold J and Dorothy Carole (Harrington) Mulligan. Joyce graduated from Sherburne High School in 1950.

She worked at Norwich Pharmaceutical Company for two years before marrying her husband of nearly 65 years, Dr. Earl Mac Arthur. The Mac Arthur’s were wed on July 12, 1952 in Sherburne, NY at Saint Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church. Joyce quickly assumed the role of “President’s Wife,” as her husband was the President of SUNY Canton for 20 years. A true host, she was instrumental in having the annual Christmas Gathering. Joyce had a way of making everyone feel welcome in her home. Joyce was the Honorary President of the Women’s Club at SUNY Canton, and served on the Board of Directors at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, as well as the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Foundation, for many years starting in the late 1970’s. She was a member at St. John the Evangelist in Morristown, a former member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton, and St. John the Evangelist in Naples, Florida, where she and her husband spent winters for many years.  

Joyce is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Dr. Earl Mac Arthur, and two sons: Steven, of Diamond Point, NY, and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Peter (Martha), of Canton; 4 grandchildren: Christopher (Alene), of Saratoga Springs, NY, Nicolas (Carly) of Clifton Park, NY, Samantha, of Boston, MA, and Shane, of Canton, NY; 4 great grandchildren: Joseph, Paul, Chloe and Jon; Two brothers: Harry (Sandy) Mulligan of Norwich, NY, Paul (Gloria) of Hamilton, NY and one sister, Theresa (Andrew) Heinegg of Potsdam, NY, as well as multiple nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Joyce A. Mac Arthur Scholarship Fund, Canton College Foundation, 34 Cornell Dr., Canton, NY 13617. Condolences, flowers, food and pictures may be shared at

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Memorial Service
August 4, 2017

10:30 AM
St. John the Evangelist Church
506 Gouverneur Street
Morristown, New York 13664


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