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Joyce P. Melillo, 84, of North Branford, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's for many years.
Joyce enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. She loved sewing and made many memorable and long cherished items. She became adept at fashion design often altering whole patterns to ensure proper fit for her family. Among her many triumphs were men's dress shirts, gowns, and countless beloved Halloween costumes. She reveled in doing laundry and spent many contented hours in meditation at her ironing board. She dressed fashionably and was always thought to be well put together.
She was widely known for her calming presence, rapt listening, warmth, and easy going nature.
Joyce was the fourth of twelve children born to Reva and Ladell Price.
She was born on October 19, 1936 in Monroe County, TN. Joyce came to New Haven, CT in the 1950's and was employed by the Southern New England Telephone Company for a number of years. She also spent many happy years employed at Bobbi & Heidi's and Fleischman's Department Store both of Guilford.
She is predeceased by
her siblings, Thurlow Price, Calvin Price, Ellis Price(Rosemary), Clarence Price(Gayle), Cordie Akins(Gene), and Lea Malone(the late Jerry).

She is survived by her husband, Bartolomeo, of North Branford; and daughter Laura Melillo(Brian) of East Haven. Siblings Linda Lambdin(Paris), of Tennessee, Don Price(the late Fran), of Florida, Laroma Kirkland,(the late Bob), of Ohio, Amos Price(the late Becky), of Florida, and Alice Akins (Julius), of Georgia; and numerous nephews and nieces.
The immediate family will be honoring her loss privately. There will be no formal services or celebration of life at this time.