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Obituary for Mary Little Joyal (Berry)

Mary L. Joyal (nee Berry) died peacefully surrounded by her devoted family on October 7, 2023. Mary will be remembered for her deep love and dedication to her family and community, easy laugh, and good sense of humor.

Mary was born on May 20, 1927, in Newbury, Massachusetts to Newland and Helen (nee Stanwood) Berry. In her youth, she resided at Kent’s Island on the estate of the author J.P. Marquand. She was educated in the Newbury and Newburyport School systems.

Though she wanted to follow her brothers, George, and Peter, into service during WWII, she stayed home at her parents’ request. Instead, she pursued her passion for nursing and care work as a student at The Shepard-Gill School of Nursing where she graduated as president of her class. She worked at The Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport for eight years and did private duty in the Boston area before beginning her forty-seven-year career as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

Emerson Hospital was at the center of Mary’s social life. There, she met and married Eugene Joyal, who was the Maintenance Superintendent and Chief Engineer. They shared many interests and enjoyed many happy years at 905 Main St. in Acton, Massachusetts, in the house they built together. They enjoyed riding their horses, Rabs, and Pal, on trail rides in New Hampshire and Maine. After the horses, they rode motorcycles and loved to take day long trips roaming the New England countryside.

Mary is predeceased by Gene and her first husband, Franklin A. Buckly, as well as her parents and her two brothers. She is survived by her daughter JoEllen Fredericks and her husband Larry of Bradford, MA, granddaughter SeAnna Herbert and her husband William of Lowell, MA, grandson Daniel P. O’Leary and his wife Julia, and her great grandson, Patrick, of Ipswich, MA.

The family expresses thanks and gratitude to the staff at Benchmark Senior Living in Haverhill and Hospice of Massachusetts for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Equine Program at the MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Please note, in memory of Mary Joyal.

Services were held privately.

Her memory will remain etched in the hearts of all who knew her.