Larger-than-life Manchester stylist remembered
John O’Donnell, who used to own O’Donnell’s restaurant in Bedford and who knew Rivard for decades, said she was quite a character. “‘I’ll slow down when I’m dead,’ she used to say,” he chuckled. However, he wondered if that was an appropriate thing for a news article, considering her death.
Her mother was the pillar and strength for so many, she said. She remembers a Christmas when there were 14 people at her home celebrating the holiday with her mother, herself and her sister. The others had no place to go, and Rivard graciously welcomed them into her home.For many years, Rivard ran Jolie Madame Beauty Salon on Elm Street and later became owner of Hairloom, which was located on Pearl Street for 21 years before relocating to its present site on Hanover Street.
Rivard was born in Suncook, moved to Auburn and then to Bedford. She graduated from Houle’s Beauty Academy. She married Mike Rivard and they had two daughters. He died when Joy was 4, more than 40 years ago.
“She had dated, but she didn’t want anything full time,” Joy Rivard said. “She said she did it once and that was enough for her. She was a firecracker.”
Rivard, a hairdresser for more than half a century, knew a lot of people, her daughter said.
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