Weir Mac Cuish Family Funeral Home

144 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148

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 Joan M. Paterson

1931 - 2021

Joan M. (Briggs) Paterson, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away peacefully in her home on Thurday, August 19th. Joan was born in new Brunswick, Canada, in 1931, the daughter of Charles and Myrtle Briggs. She was raised in Maine, growing up in Fairfield and Waterville. After completing high School, she attended Bentley College, where she earned her degree in Accounting. She worked as an accountant for years at the Kaitz and Levine Accounting Firm in Boston, and was most recently working at the Herbert Cohen Law Firm in Boston, working into her late 80’s. Joan married her sweetheart, George G. Paterson in Boston in 1954. The two would move to Malden where they raised their family. They shared 26 years of marriage until George’s sudden passing in 1980.

Aside being involved in her childrens lives while growing up, Joan had a great passion for dancing the Tango. She specifically loved the Argentinian Tango, and was a founding member of the Tango Society of Boston.

She is survived by her children, Jane E. Merrithew and husband Dana of Rumney, NH, Daniel G. Paterson and wife Valerie of Greensboro, NC, and Glenn A. Paterson and wife Jen of Rocky Mt, VA, her siblings, Gerald Briggs of ME and Dorothy Keach of SC, her grandchildren, Rebecca, Jesse, Shannon, Randi, Larry, Andrew, Lindsay, Abby, Rachael, Colleen, and Kyle, and her great-grandchildren, Georgia, Justice, Briggs, Wesley, Fallon, Ada, Max, Liam, and Desmond. Joan was preceded in death by her husband George.

Funeral services will be held at the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden, on Saturday, August 28th, at 10:00 AM. Interment to follow in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.

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