Joan L. Grist
Joan L. (Fortin) Grist, 74, of Lehigh Acres, formerly of Greenville, R.I., and Johnston, R.I. died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. She was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Providence, R.I., the daughter of the late Ettie (Richards) Fortin and the late Raymond Fortin.
The beloved wife of David I. Grist, she resided in Lehigh Acres for the past 15 years.
Joan L. (Fortin) Grist
She worked at Amica Insurance in Providence, R.I., and as a jewelry assembler. She was administrative assistant at her husband's business for many years.
She was also a former member of the Greenville Junior Women's Club.
She was the sister of Ettie Courtemanche of Johnston, R.I.; sister of Dennis Fortin of Vermont; and sister to her late brother Raymond Fortin of Port Charlotte. She was the devoted mother of Donald Grist of Smithfield, R.I.; David Grist Jr. of Warwick, R.I.; and Kevin Grist of Taunton, Mass. She was the beloved grandmother to 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Interment will be held at Highland Memorial Park, in Johnston, R.I.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hope Hospice, 1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park.