“And she loved the Republican Party. She was always there to help with anything. Any time there were tough issues, she was the first to call and offer support and words of encouragement. She was chairwoman of the committee for about 10 years.
“She is going to be missed by everyone in the county,” Jackson said.
“She collected elephants — porcelain ones, stuffed ones, pictures of elephants,” he said about one of her hobbies.
Sam Grimon is a town councilman and deputy supervisor in St. Armand.
“There’s so much to say,” he reflected on the loss. “Joyce was such a caring person. It didn’t matter if you were listed among prominent people or not, she treated everyone equally with dignity and respect. Joyce was well-loved. She would go to bat for anyone.”
The Town Council will continue to manage town business, he said, and, in time, will take steps to address the now vacant supervisor’s seat.
Essex County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Randy Douglas said it was a sad day in Essex County.
“That’s for sure. She is going to be dearly missed. She was a wealth of knowledge and a financial expert, a tremendous leader and a tremendous help to me. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
Long-time colleague and friend Joseph Provoncha, who is Essex County clerk, said no one could calculate the amount of good work Morency has done in more than 30 years in office.
“It’s a terrible loss to her town and to our county,” he said of the supervisor’s passing.
Provoncha recalled her quick intellect, steady humor and the special place she held for her daughters and granddaughters.
“She and I were talking many, many Halloweens ago. She came up and said, ‘I’ve got to run over to Potsdam. My granddaughter Serenity is having a little girl costume party, and I’ve got a witch’s costume in the car — and you don’t need to comment on that!”