Published in Print in The Frederick News-Post on Sept. 2, 2017
Joyce Kavanagh Wendt
1929 - 2017
Joyce Kavanagh Wendt, 88, of Frederick, MD, died peacefully
in her home 27 August 2017.
She was born to Preston Breckenridge Kavanagh and Mary
Lucille Day in Washington, D.C. in 1929.
Joyce graduated from Wilson High School (1947), in
Washington, D.C., and received a BA in English Literature (Cum Laude) from Vanderbilt
University in 1951. She married the late Preben (Bill) Wendt in 1983 and three more times, at
home and on the ships 'Amazing Grace' and 'Noordam'.
During WWII Joyce was a nursing assistant and later volunteered with the Red Cross. She
worked in many fields over the years, including as a translator at CIA, as a florist, an office
manager, and she volunteered at Head Start and later in Frederick with the Commission on
Aging. She was a docent at the Delaplaine Arts Center, an active member of St. Stephen and
the Incarnation Church in Washington, D.C. for many years and a founding member of the St.
Francis Burial Society.
She is survived by her children from her marriage in 1952 to John Morfit Jr., Leigh Fletcher
(Douglas) of Oregon House, CA, John Morfit III of Herndon, VA, Van Morfit (Susan) of
Montgomery Village, MD and by her step-children, Arne, Kirsten, Lars, Marie, Neil, and Eric,
and her grandchildren Anya and Ivan Morfit.
A remembrance reception will be held at the Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 South Carroll St.,
Frederick, MD on 16 September at 2-6pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Delaplaine Visual Arts
Education Center, 40 South Carroll St., Frederick, MD, 21701 http://delaplaine.org/support/