Posted by District 7910 on Jun 11, 2021
Sandra Joyce was the first woman honored to join the Rotary Club of Hudson, and served as president in 1987, for one term. Recently, she passed away peacefully.
Born in 1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut to the late Herbert and Margaret (Klein) Wilson, Sandra graduated from Lasell College and Framingham State College. For many years, she worked in the advertising field in Boston before moving to Hudson in 1964.
Sandra's love of gardening led her to many State Garden Club positions. Eventually, she became president of The Garden Club State Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., from 1999 through 2001.

Sandra served for more than 20 years on the board of The National Garden Club. She became a master flower show judge, a master gardening consultant, a master landscape designer, and an instructor of horticulture, travelling throughout the United States and South America, for NGC.

Sandra’s gardens were her pride and joy. On tour many times with her son Terrence Joyce, she contributed many hours of time and effort to help cultivate those gardens' beauty.

Sandra was a Cub Scout den mother for many years. And she was president of the Home and School Association when her children were in elementary school.

For many years, Sandra, along with Irene Sabean produced the Lakeview Newsletter. In 1974, Sandra was deemed “Woman of the Year” by the Enterprise newspaper.

For 40 years, Sandra owned and operated the Apple Valley Flower Shoppe in downtown Hudson, Until retiring in 2013, she perfected the art of flower arranging and designing.

A memorial celebration of Sandra will be held in late summer at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name, to The Garden Club State Federation of Massachusetts (see grant forms), to support a new community-based horticultural-beautification grant.

For more information, contact District  Governor Diana Nestorova, at