Speliotis recalled one of her slogans: “Joyce is the people’s Joyce,” a play on the phrase “people’s choice.”
“That says it all about Joyce,” Speliotis said.
Ipswich Rep. Brad Hill remembered Spiliotis’ work for funding of the Route 128 construction project and her fight for seniors’ issues, including health care.
“That is her legacy: the warmth she had for every citizen that called that office, to ensure they got the help they needed,” said Hill, who also gave Spiliotis rides home from the Statehouse. “She was always full of life and laughter. ... Joyce would always bring a big smile to your face.
“I will deeply miss our rides home together.”
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, which will be held in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1 Margin St., Peabody, on Monday at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are scheduled for Sunday in the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square, Salem, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Bethany Bray can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB. Material from the Statehouse News Service was used in the article.