Joyce Marie Barry
Virginia Beach - Joyce Marie (Kelley) Barry, age 87, a resident of Virginia Beach for over fifty years, died on March 7, 2017.
She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the only child of her deceased parents, Dr. and Mrs. John E. Kelley of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida. Joyce is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, CDR USN(Ret.), John M. "Jack " Barry of Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated Cambridge High & Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she met her husband, Jack. Jack was designated a Naval Aviator, and in 1955 they married. Together, Joyce and Jack enjoyed thirty years of travel to naval assignments which included Panama, Bermuda and various U.S. Navy commands as well as a temporary duty which allowed a visit in England. As a Navy wife, Joyce made "home" for their family at US Naval Air Station, Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone; US Naval Air Station, Bermuda; US Naval Air Training Command, Pensacola, FL; US Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD; U.S. Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA; US Naval Training Air Command, Corpus Christi, TX and at their "retirement" home in Virginia Beach, VA.
Joyce and Jack enjoyed retirement by traveling and seeing the natural beauty of many of the National Parks. They participated in Elderhostel Active Programs throughout our country on the rivers and in the mountains. Visiting the western states became most prominent in their travels. Photography was her passion and photographing nature and animals was paramount. She recently had begun the wood-carving of wildfowl. From early childhood Joyce had a keen interest in target shooting and became expert in pistol and skeet. She was an avid genealogist, researching and documenting both sides of their families from the 1600s to the present day and she enjoyed sharing it with many family members. Joyce was an animal lover, and while in Texas she acquired two West Highland White Terriers. She showed them on the AKC circuit and won many ribbons and show honors. Joyce enjoyed life to the fullest with her loving husband and their three children's families with five loving grandsons and, as she would say, their "favorite" granddaughter.
As a member for over 50 years of the Thoroughgood Garden Club in Virginia Beach, Joyce had served as President, Treasurer and Photographer. She also served as Treasurer and Photographer for the Council of Garden Clubs, Virginia Beach, The Suburban Womans' Club and the Hermitage Garden Club. For over ten years, Joyce enjoyed being a photographer for activities at Old Donation Episcopal Church. Her favorite time was taking active photos at the children's Vacation Bible School each year.
Survivors include three children: Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Barry(Jean) of Highland, Michigan, Dr. & Mrs. J. Mark Barry( Kristy) of Mt Pleasant, SC, Mr. & Mrs. Kevin M. Long(Liane Jeanne Barry) of Virginia Beach and six grandchildren, Mr.& Mrs. Stephen Scott Barry (Anna ), Robert Gene Barry(fiancée, Tina), Katelyn Marie Barry and brother, John Mark Barry, Jr., Kyle Matthew Long and Ryan Michael Long. Joyce is also survived by many cousins in Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut and Colorado.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at Old Donation Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Princess Anne Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund, Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
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Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Mar. 9, 2017.