Joan A. (McKay) Spittle

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Joan A. (McKay) Spittle

June 11, 1934 - November 25, 2018

Joan A. (McKay) Spittle Rockport - Joan A. (McKay) Spittle, 84, passed away on Sunday night, November 25, 2018 at Den Mar Health and Rehabilitation, where she has lived, loved and been loved.
She was a longtime resident of Gloucester, having been born and raised there. She left school at a young age to help support her family.
Joan was a caregiver to so many over the years, having helped raise her nieces, nephews and her Robby McCurdy. She married the love of her life, Don Spittle. They shared many happy years together.
Joan was a devout Catholic and loved her God. At Den Mar Joan was appreciated for offering a caring hand and countless prayers for comfort and peace to those in need.
She was an amazing woman, with an amazing sense of humor, so many stories, words of wisdom, and lots of love. She was a loyal and caring wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, dear lifelong friend to Jamillia McCurdy and adopted mom and Grandma. Joan was loved and cherished. She will be missed by many.

In keeping with her wishes, we will celebrate and honor Joan’s life with a graveside service in Calvary Cemetery, Eastern Ave., Gloucester, on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Den Mar Activities Department, 44 South St., Rockport, MA 01966. For online condolences and register book, please visit
The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Published on December 4, 2018
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3 posts

Dec 12, 2018
I met Joan while working at Den Mar. I offered to wash, & press her clothes, she was very thankful to wear skirts without wrinkles & a nice flat hemline. Seeing her smile when I was hanging her clothes up, was wonderful. I loved her humor. Joan, you are missed & I hold you in my heart.
Dec 04, 2018
She very sweet lady met her when working at den mar she was always looking out for me an others she will be missed
Dianne Palmer Eason
Dec 04, 2018
Joan was my mother-in-law's roommate, and she was always looking out for her, reminding her to use her walker, and trying to keep her in line. No easy task! The last time I visited, Janette and I pulled some chairs up around Joan's bed and we sang some hymns. Joan loved it, and she told me I made her happy when I came to visit. God bless her and keep her. She was a lovely lady.