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 Joyce I.  Wood

Joyce I.  Wood, 75, formerly of the Hovey School Condos in Gloucester and longtime resident of Water Street, Essex, died Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation Center in Beverly, following her long and courageous battle with dementia.

Joyce was born in Essex on April 11, 1943, the daughter of the late Parlee “Brud” and Bessie (McKay) Wood. She was raised in Essex and was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1961. For several years she was employed at the M.I.T. Labs in Cambridge where she worked with her dear friends Janie Argento and Eileen Bonk. Leaving the Big City in 1965, she returned to Essex to help her parents at the family’s Red Barrel Pub in Essex, which she owned and operated until its’ closure in 2012.

She is survived by her “sister-cousins,” Jerrilyn Girman of Michigan, Juanita Berube of Groveland and Jacqueline Morton of Newburyport; a brother, Eugene Wood and many friends and former customers from the pub.

Her family would like to thank Senior Services of Gloucester and especially Renee Gauthier and her staff and for Larry Tennis and Dennis Cargill for the kindness they shared.

Joyce was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. A fond adieu Joyce, until we meet again.

Her funeral service will be held 11 am Tuesday, December 4, 2018 graveside in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.



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