In Loving Memory

Joan M. Samry, d. February 11, 2018



In Loving Memory

April 7, 1932 – February 11, 2018


Fairhope, AL

Joan M. Hannan Samry, 85, passed away on February 11, 2018. A Brockton, Massachusetts native, Joan attended Brockton High School. She went to work for New England Telephone where she was a switchboard operator. In 1953, she married Francis J. Samry, a WW II veteran. The couple moved to Cape Cod and settled in Eastham, Massachusetts in the mid 1960s. While raising five children she went back to work as a waitress at Laurino’s Restaurant in Brewster, Massachusetts. Shortly after moving to Falmouth, Massachusetts in 1978, she worked for Brigg’s Answering Service. Kay Briggs operated the business out of the back of her home, and Joan plugged calls through to doctors, landscapers, bankers, funeral directors, and countless other people for more than a decade. Work brought more than a paycheck, it gave her life meaning, as did that of her children and grandchildren. After Brigg’s she went to work the switchboard at Falmouth Hospital. Widowed in 1994, she loved her job, connecting calls, paging and messaging doctors and administrators. Recently, she said, “I didn’t listen in. Well, not too much.”  She retired in 2005. Prior to moving to Fairhope in 2016 she played cards, and shot pool better than most men in her building, and would earn a few dollars on side bets.

She is survived by her children, Steven F. Samry, Mark E. Samry, Laurie A. McGue, and Alan Samry of Fairhope, and Lynne M. Samry of Falmouth, Massachusetts.   She is also survived by her sister Lois E. Mannion, brother Gerald E. Hannan, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday February 14, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Whit’s Frozen Custard (1204 Main St. Daphne, Alabama). Joan will be laid to rest with her husband at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to Community Hospice, ( a local non-profit (1450 N. McKenzie St, Foley, Alabama 36535). Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. Melissa Mello

    Stephen, Mark, Laurie,Lynne and Alan I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was like a second mom for me all those years growing up and even when my girls were growing up. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for you all

  2. Brad Wintzell

    I hope your “Mother” finds Peace and Love on her New Journey…
    And let the Promise of Eternal Life be Wonderful and True….

  3. Annika Hogg Johnsson

    Love and thoughts to you all ❤️
    I have many a great memory growing up with you guys and your mom was always good to us as well ❤️

  4. Nancy Samry Gold

    Mark, Steve, Laurie, Lynne and Alan. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. My warmest heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you all during this time.

  5. Donna Astuto

    Laurie, Lynne, Steve, Mark, and Allen… So very, very sorry to hear about Joan. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. Sending our love and prayers to you and your families
    Donna, Larry and Lois

  6. Gayle Hannan

    Hello Laurie Mark Stephen Alan and Lynne. My heart is breaking and the grief is present. Please know I’m with you all tonight having an ice cream and smiling (even though I’m giving up sugar for Lent). During these 40 days there will be extra prayers and rosaries said for Joan and all of you. I love you very much. Feeling quite sad we are not all together during this time. My fathers sister is a great loss to my heart.

  7. The Abbott Family(Loraine McNamaras clan)

    We are so sorry for your loss! We loved Joan! She always made us laugh! Prayers send

  8. Debi Hannan

    Dear Steven, Mark, Laurie, Lynne, and Alan: So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful person and loved greatly. We hope you find solace knowing that her struggle is over and that she is at peace. Unfortunately we can not be with you, but our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

    Love to you all

    Aunt Diane
    Cousin Debi


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