Joyce I. Wood

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Joyce I. Wood

April 11, 1943 - November 26, 2018

Joyce I. Wood Essex - 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 a.m. 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. To send a condolence please visit
Published on December 1, 2018
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Susan, Wally, Evan and Colin Stark
Dec 07, 2018
Oh Joyce tough to see this. We shared many Thanksgivings and Christmas eves and days at my house over the years firs when you would come over with my uncle Rocky. You also made the best fried clams, shrimp and beef stew with dumplings...

May you rest in peace dear friend. We have many fond memories shared with you over the years.
Dec 06, 2018
Rest in peace.
Eileen Bonk DeMarle
Dec 05, 2018
I cherish all the wonderful memories we created during our friendship of fifty plus years. Rest I peace my dear sweet friend with the face of an angel.
Julie Berube Jancsy
Dec 04, 2018
R.I.P Joyce, I will always remember the nice visits at my moms kitchen table (your sister-cousin Juanita). ♥️♥️

God Bless,
Julie Jancsy
John DeMarle
Dec 03, 2018
Rest In Peace, Joyce. We had a lot of happy, and some crazy times over the many years we knew each other since I met and married your good friend Eileen. Thanks for the Charlie Brown and Lucy pictures you painted for our daughters room. Thank you for the great seafood you brought and cooked for us and Jane and Joe in Myrtle Beach. Nobody did it better! I have many fond memories of you. You will be missed Joyce.
Hugs, John
Jennifer DeMarle
Dec 02, 2018
My deepest condolences! I will always have fond memories of Joyce “Joycie” as we called her growing up! She was one of my Mothers dearest friends. She was always so kind and always wore a smile and will be very, very missed!! May she rest in eternal peace.