Somerville Remembering Mary R. Leonard (Joyce)


We regretfully announce the passing of Mary R. Leonard (Joyce) of Somerville, MA (and Bangor, ME) on March 13, 2021. Mary was surrounded by her loving daughters and passed away

Mary Regina Leonard (Joyce) was born the only child to Bridget (Buckley) and Peter Joyce in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 12, 1932.
Our mother, Mary, was one of the strongest and kindest women to ever walk this earth and our family was blessed to call her Mom and Nana. Mary graduated from St. Elizabeth’s Nursing School in 1953.
On December 26, 1953 she married the love of her life, Leo and the two of them proudly created a family of 9 children, 22 grand-children and 22 great-grand-children with another great-granddaughter on the way this summer. Mom was a wonderful and loving mother who gave her all to her family. We will never be able to fill the space left behind by her.
Our house growing up was the epi-center of activity for the entire neighborhood of kids and assorted stray animals. We were always surrounded with fun and joyful sounds. She taught us to love and to always, always be there for one another. Her family was her center and she cared for us like we were her most proud possessions.
Mom had a wonderful and fulfilling career as a Registered Nurse, a few of the many hospitals she worked were St. Elizabeth’s in Boston, Malden Hospital, and her last and most loving career with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville, who remained in her heart and memory to her last days. She was born to be a Mom and Nurse to everyone she met and everyone she met felt that warmth and compassion from her.
Dad and Mom had the most wonderful love story, and every one of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren heard their wonderful stories and saw the magic when they were together. They were a shining example of how love should be.
Mary was predeceased by her Mom Bridget and Dad Peter Joyce and her loving husband Leo as well as one son James. She is survived by her sons Leo (Roxanne), Jeremiah (Donna), Joseph, and Peter (Lisa) and her daughters Kathleen (Eric) Fairweather, Mary Anne (Tom) Violette, Lucy (Bob) McCarthy and Michelle (David) Johnston . She will be sadly missed by her 22 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Mary’s Family will be honoring her memory privately.

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