Joan Ritch Hick, of Chester, Conn., formerly of Duxbury, passed away on November 20th after a long battle with lymphoma. She leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Donald W. Hick, and three children, Kristen Cunningham, her husband Gregg, and children Emily, Glenn and Scott; David Hick, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Devin, Dylan and Davis; and Douglas Hick, his wife Melissa, and children Colby, and Katelyn; and two brothers and their families, Roger (Janet) Ritch of Duxbury and Charles (Pamela) Ritch of East Sandwich.
Joan was a graduate of Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She also earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Conn. State University. She taught elementary school for five years before electing to stay home with her young children for the next 15 years. Joan’s next career turned out to be in residential real estate sales. She loved helping people buy or sell their homes, and enjoyed a successful career for the next 33 years. Joan served as president of the Duxbury Newcomers Club, and also as president of the Plymouth and South Shore Association of Realtors. She was active in her church, serving on the Christian Board of Education, Stewardship Committee, Board of Trustees, and finally as Moderator.
Joan “Joanie” loved her Duxbury community, her 1818 antique home, her many friends and colleagues, and living near the ocean.
A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, November 30, at 2 p.m. at the Pilgrim Church, Washington St., Duxbury, MA 02332. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chester Village West Foundation, Inc. 317 West Main St., Chester, CT 06412.