Pioneer probation officer dies

Mrs. Joyce Hylton, Cayman’s first probation and welfare officer, died peacefully at her home early Sunday. She had been in poor health during recent months.

Mrs. Joyce Hylton

Mrs. Joyce Hylton

Miss Joyce, as she was known, celebrated her 93rd birthday in August.

Long involved in community work, she was appointed probation officer in 1963 after she and other concerned citizens lobbied for a separate court to deal with juvenile offenders.

Welfare work was added to the post a short time later because, as Miss Joyce later wrote, ‘a child’s problem was often rooted in a family problem.’

Miss Joyce retired in 1984, but continued to serve in advisory capacities, including the Adoption Board. She was a long-serving member of the Garden Club of Grand Cayman and a founding member of the Cayman Orchid Society in 1986.

She was also widely known for her work with Cub Scouts and for helping the Lions Club with its community projects.

Miss Joyce was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1978.

Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, 8 October at Elmslie Memorial Church. The time will be announced later this week.

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