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State Rep. Joyce Spiliotis Has Died

Reports say Spiliotis passed away early Thursday morning after a brief illness.

Peabody native and state Rep. Joyce Spiliotis died early this morning following a brief illness. She was 65.

Reports say she was at home with her family by her side, including her husband Dick Jarvis. News reports also say she had battled cancer, but largely kept her illness from colleagues and the public.

Spiliotis was first elected to the 12th Essex District seat in the House of Representatives in 2002 after serving as a Peabody city councilor and Library Trustee. She was just re-elected, unchallenged, to her sixth House term earlier this month.

NECN reports that Spiliotis' passing was acknowledged on the floor of the House this morning.

"The city of Peabody has lost a true representative of the people with the passing of Joyce Spiliotis," said Mayor Ted Bettencourt in a statement this afternoon.

"I have known Joyce as a caring friend and trusted colleague for many years. As a city councilor and state representative, Joyce was a tireless advocate for her constituents. Her determination on their behalf was the hallmark of her career in public service – one which leaves a lasting legacy," Bettencourt said. "I offer my deepest sympathies to Joyce’s family during this extremely difficult time."

"The 'Peoples’ Joyce' will be greatly missed not only as an outstanding public servant, but also as a terrific wife, mother and friend," writes family friend and Jarvis' co-host on "You Make the Call," Bob Croce on his blog "Eye on Peabody."

"This is a very sad day for Peabody. We have lost a legendary public servant," Croce said.

You can leave remembrances of Spiliotis or condolences to her family here.

Saber Walsh November 29, 2012 at 05:14 PM
This is so, so sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
james Morin November 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
My prayers to Dick
Joan Seaman November 29, 2012 at 05:34 PM
We will miss you, Joyce. You were a good friend to Anita and the family. God Bless.
Lynne Nieman November 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I have no words. Joyce was such a wonderful, caring person. This is a huge loss. My prayers are with her friends and family.
bogey251 November 29, 2012 at 06:59 PM
sorry to see this. prayers for the family.
Vicki November 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
So sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. She was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Vicki Moutsoulas
Ted Quinn November 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Our thoughts and prayers go out today, to the family and friends of a remarkable woman. Although Joyce’s presence and her sincere smile will without doubt be missed, her tireless efforts surely left our world a little better. Ted Quinn
Jenn Selvo November 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM
We are so sad to hear this news. Our most pronounced memory of Joyce is her affection and devotion to her grandson, Nick. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to her family. The Selvo Family

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