Joan P. (Partridge) Mortimer

  • Born: December 30, 1935
  • Died: May 4, 2021
  • Location: Northborough, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

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Melrose, MA 02176
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Joan P. (Partridge) Mortimer, formerly of Northborough, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Peabody, at age 85.

Joan was born in Clinton on December 30, 1935, one of three children of the late Irene W. (Ferry) and S. Matthew Partridge. Raised in Clinton, Joan graduated from Clinton High School, Class of 1953, and from Becker Jr. College with a Secretarial Degree. She worked briefly for Mass Electric before her marriage to Rev. John W. Mortimer in 1961. As the wife of a Methodist Minister, they relocated regularly, but with Joan's strength she made a loving and supportive home for her family wherever they lived.

Tragically, John died at the age of 54 in 1989, however Joan's steadfast dedication to family never wavered. She re-entered the workforce with New England Electric Systems, and maintained her joys in life. She returned to her education and received a business degree from Manchester Community College.

Blessed with a beautiful voice, Joan received voice lessons at a young age. She enjoyed singing in many Church Choirs, performed with the Worcester Light Opera, and was a member of many community choruses and performed various recitals over the years. With roots in Scotland, Joan's heritage held a special and dear place in her heart. Like her mother before her, Joan was a lifelong member of the Daughters of Scotia Thistle Lodge in Clinton/Worcester. She took great pride in the Scotland's culture while visiting Nova Scotia, attending the Highland Games, or listening to the Scottish Bagpipes. A renowned Scottish cook, the recipes passed down from her mother and grandmother always provided delicious food for every occasion.

A faith-filled woman, Joan was devoted to her Church through every stage of her life. After many years as a widow, Joan was blessed with her marriage to longtime friend Rev. Ned C. Watts. In her free time, she was a fruitful gardener who grew beautiful flowers, and many vegetables. She loved traveling, and took special delight anytime she was near the ocean. She was also a loyal longtime supporter of the Boston Red Sox.

Joan was a spirited and spunky woman who was incredibly strong in the face of any challenge. She will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered for her strength of will, loving nature, and kindness to all.

Joan was the beloved wife of the late Rev. John W. Mortimer and the late Rev. Ned C. Watts. Devoted mother of John W. Mortimer, Jr. and his wife Kathy of Easthampton, and Rev. Glenn M. Mortimer and his wife Elizabeth of Wakefield. Cherished grandmother of Matthew Mortimer of Wakefield. Dear sister of the late Glen and Douglas Partridge. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Out of respect and concern for public health, relatives and friends will gather privately to honor and celebrate Joan's life. Interment will be in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton. If you wish, contributions may be made in Joan's memory to the Joan Mortimer-Watts Memorial Fund, c/o Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church, 273 Vernon St., Wakefield MA 01880.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Glen, Elizabeth, Matthew and the Mortimer family, Oh what memories we have of Joan from the Westborough Choir loft to her wedding to Ned and countless visits to her apt at the Deaconess! No one could love and exude more joy over a grandson than she. Her fun loving nature was contagious. What a blessing to have known her. Our remembrances are many. May the Lord heal your grieving heart with many and varied memories from your own heart's keeping.

- Earl and Connie Hutt, Westborough, MA

Posted by Earl and Connie Hutt - Westborough, MA - Friend   May 13, 2021


Dear Glen and famliy, I pray that God will offer you comfort and care in this time of grief.

Posted by Rev. Dr. Imani-Sheila Newsome-Camara - Dorchester, MA - Coworker   May 11, 2021


My prayers to the Mortimer family during this time of loss and transition, as you gather to remember and celebrate your mother's life. Peace and blessings. -David Jackson

Posted by David Jackson - Mattapan, MA - Friend   May 11, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the entire family, love all the family pictures online. Joan Olson and myself have such great memories of visiting Joan when she lived in Concord. So Sorry for your loss. Karen Kinnard

Posted by Karen Bolle Kinnard - Westboro, MA - Friend   May 10, 2021

Joan was a great woman, very personable. Very sorry.

Posted by Jim Murphy    May 09, 2021

Sincere condolences to all of JoanĀ“s family....may she Rest In Peace & may you find your peace knowing she has found hers...

Posted by Christine MacKenzie    May 09, 2021

I have many fond memories of Joan, I pray that God will give comfort to her family.

Posted by Linda Bonina    May 08, 2021


I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now resting in peace may god be with You and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   May 07, 2021

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