June 22, 1920 - Aug. 8, 2021
Santa Cruz County
Mary Powell Roy died peacefully on August 8, at 101 years of age.
Ms. Roy lived in California since the age of 14 when her family moved from New York State. She graduated from UCLA and earned a masters degree from San Jose State University.
While raising a family, she taught in Palo Alto schools and became an elementary school principal in Palo Alto and El Dorado school districts. She was an outstanding educator, achieving recognition in her field.
After retirement, she moved to San Luis Obispo in 1989, serving as ombudsman in the Long Term Care Nursing Home Program. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis County. She worked for liberal causes and was strongly opposed to gun ownership except by the military and law enforcement.
In 2003, she moved to Scotts Valley where she led an active and happy life at Brookdale Senior Living. During the last few years of her life she was lovingly cared for at De Un Amor, a beautiful assisted living facility in rural Corralitos.
In each of the communities she resided, she appreciated her many good friends, and valued the beauty of the area, literature and the arts.
She was a remarkable mother, grandmother and aunt, being truly devoted to her family and is greatly loved by them all. She is survived by her son Larry Beck (Candice) of Boise, ID; Jeanne Beck of Santa Cruz; grandsons Marty and Kevin Beck; granddaughter Taylor Capozziello (Corey); great-granddaughter Harper Beck; nieces Katharine Blank, Kyle Trumbull-Clark and Mary "Mimi" Erland and their families. She was preceded in death by her father James Louis Roy, mother Charlotte Broderick Robinson, daughter Barbara Carroll Beck and twin sister Carroll Roy Trumbull.
At her request, no funeral will be held, however the family will be gathering to honor her memory. View the online memorial for Mary Roy
Published by Santa Cruz Sentinel on Aug. 29, 2021.