Mae Edith Joslin Story


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Beverly - With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Mae - our loving and devoted mother and a friend to all whose lives she touched - on February 5, 2019. She was in her 92nd year.
She passed peacefully from this world in the early hours, surrounded by her children softly singing her favorite songs. Her death follows a long journey with Alzheimer’s Disease during which, as her memories faded, her heart blossomed. As the illness progressed, the brighter she glowed with goodness, delighting in the joy of each day, every animal, each blossom, each person. Mae truly appreciated and genuinely loved everyone and, in return, everyone loved her!
Mae was predeceased by her cherished husband of 67 years, Francis P. Story, and their beloved daughter Cynthia Mae Graham of Beverly. She leaves behind her dear children, Pamela Martell and her husband, Jeff of Scituate and Placida, Fla., Rev. Jane Milaschewski and her husband, Bill of Ipswich, Steven Story and his wife Susan of Rowley, Nancy Traicoff and her husband Scott of Beverly, Sally Story and her husband Scott McDowell of Essex, son-in-law, James Graham of Beverly, and her faithful dog Millie. Also predeceased by sisters, Lillian Goodhue and Betty Peterson of Beverly and brother Carl V. Joslin Jr of Beverly, she is survived by cousin Robert Haskell of Plymouth, NH. Mae was the proud “Mamie” of seventeen grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren!
Born at home in Beverly Cove in 1927, she was the daughter of Dorothy and Carl Joslin Sr. Mae graduated from Beverly High School, Class of 1945. While drum majorette for the High School band, she met the love of her life, drummer and future husband Fran Story. After graduation, Mae went on to earn her RN at Salem Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1948. She was commissioned First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and cared for soldiers suffering from shell shock following World War II. She also continued to work for several years as an accomplished private duty nurse in Salem and Boston, counting among her patients the playwright Eugene O’Neil.
Mae lived a full and blessed life as a wonderful mother to her six children. She was a happy beautiful woman with a stunning smile and the bluest eyes ever! She loved the New England beaches and the Boca Grande seashore. She loved the intricacy of seashells. She had a vast collection. She loved, loved, loved to laugh – especially at herself. Above all she loved her family and instilled in each of us strong values and an enduring faith that have served us well. She will be missed beyond words….
Church service and burial are to be held privately. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mae's memory to: Care Dimensions in support of the Music Therapy Program, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. Online condolences at
Published on February 8, 2019
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