Town Manager Michael Driscoll paid tribute to Joyce Munger, who died this week after dedicating decades of service to Watertown.
At Tuesday’s Town Council Meeting, he said he worked with her on many issues, and at events, including when he was recruited to be a judge at the 1978 Miss Watertown during the town’s Fourth of July celebrations.
Just last year, Munger stepped down from serving as chairperson of the Watertown Housing authority, a position she held since 1994.
In her resignation letter, Munger wrote:
“It is with pride and sadness I am giving notice of my resignation to the Watertown Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. I have survived 35 years. Our dedicated staff and many board members have helped develop our properties as one of the top in the state and have been a wonderful part of my life.”
She also planned many big celebrations in Watertown, including the 350th and 375th Anniversary of the founding of Watertown and the Millennium Committee. She also organized the inauguration festivities, some of which were very memorable.
“One particular inauguration was held at the mall … where some guests ended-up in the water fountain, dancing the night away … that cemented Joyce’s reputation as the beloved ‘Party Girl,'” Driscoll said.
Other activities Munger participated in were: Town Election worker, Wedding Fair and Fashion Shows at the Commander’s Mansion, the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies and the Faire on the Square Apple Pie Contest.
“Joyce, you were entrusted with shouldering the responsibilities for each unique event that you planned, and some had challenges; but you always met them with grace and sensitivity toward everyone that lives and works in this community,” Driscoll said.
See Joyce Munger’s obituary by clicking here.