Joyce's Story

Eastport - Joyce Emery Kinney, born September 20, 1924, to Roscoe and Vera (Leonard) Emery, died October 4, 2016. Mrs. Kinney was predeceased by her husband Grover Bradford Kinney.
She is survived by her brother, Walter Emery and his wife Violet and a nephew Scott Emery, M.D.
Joyce Kinney graduated from Shead Memorial High School, 1941, W.S. Normal School in Machias, 1945, the U. of Maine at Orono, 1948 where she also received her Master's in Education in 1955. Mrs. Kinney taught school most of her life. She began locally and then in 1950 she taught for the American Dependent Schools in Japan at Tagajo, the Island of Shikoku, Eta Jima and finally at the U.S. Navy Dependent School at Yokosuka.
After returning to the States, Mrs. Kinney taught at Lincoln, Kittery and Farmington. She returned to Eastport in 1959 and worked as a secretary in her father's real estate and insurance business. In 1960 she founded the Border Historical Society and was also an original member of the Saint Croix Garden Club.
Mrs. Kinney's interest in local history led her to research the maritime history of eastern Washington County, and to publish the historical reference "Vessels of Way Down East" in 1989. Her brief historical articles have been published in the Down East Coastal Press and the Quoddy Tides.
Mrs. Kinney spent several of her later years researching the maritime history of western Washington County, using old newspaper files of the Eastport Sentinel, The Calais Advertiser, and The Machias Union. Her manuscript of this extensive work remains unfinished.
A funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 7th at The United Methodist Church, High St., Eastport. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at
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