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“Many Prayers in this difficult time from the entire Bowlby family ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Paul Bowlby - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear this sad news. She struck me as such a wise, warm, and wonderful person. Love and hugs to you all. I will be making a...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Alison Austin - Sheffield

“A beautiful Great Aunt that will be missed and never forgotten! We send our love and thoughts to all xoxo ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Jessica (Roy) (Roy) Ovens - NV

“Sending our very deepest condolences for the loss of such an amazing, kind, loving, caring, fun and very loved lady. Aunt Janet and Uncle Bill are...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Tim & Carolyn Roy - Henderson, NV

“Dear Annie & family,So sorry to read about your mom's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy,...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Chris Tietgens - Cheshire, MA

“So very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. My prayers are with you all. I am honored to have helped with her care, and to know such a warm...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Pam Kittle Langlais - Peru, MA

“Such a legacy your Mom leaves I can see her in all you beautiful Roy girls faces! All my love to one of the finest families I know! God Bless you all...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Larkin Palmer - Dalton

“Anne and the entire Roy family, Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May memories of her love and joy bring some comfort to...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Lisa Hopsicker - Denver, CO

“Sending thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family. I have fond memories playing at the Roy 's who had all those girls and catching up with your...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Jean Stone

“To all of you Roy girls. My heart is filled with sadness for the loss of your mom. What an amazing woman she was and will be in her new journey.May...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Heartfelt condolences to the Roy family, with extra special love & hugs for my friend JT. I am thinking of you with love. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Jennifer Pelzman

“So very sorry for your loss. May you find sweet peace in your memories! ”
12 of 25 | Posted by: Shiobbean Lemme - pittsfield, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with during this difficult time. ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Maureen Boino - Leominster, MA

“I am very sorry for your loss! Beth,Mary Helen Janet, June Jone Rosie and Annie! Your mom was an awesome, and kind women! My thought and prayers are...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Susan Hermon Para - Dalton, MA

“My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family Anne...my deepest sympathy. -Kerry DelVecchio Nolen ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Roy Girls and Family,My prayers are with you. Your mom was such a wonderful gift to all who knew her. She had an infectious laugh and spirit. I...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Amy Waldheim Kirks

“I feel honored to have known Muddy and always felt her JOY the moment I was in her presence, no matter the situation. Her hugs will be missed. ...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Christine Ferrari - Beverly, MA

“To Annie and the Roy family may your Nanny rest in peace and I pray for all of you during this difficult time. May God Bless all of you! Joanne Greb ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Because my auntie was full of fun and pretty lighthearted, it made sense she would end an email with LOL. To most of us this means Laugh Out Loud. ...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Anne Hinkell-Haggerty - MA

“Aunt Janet was an amazing women. The vacation time my family spent in MA were always enjoyable because of her and Roys... I can remember our parents...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Maureen Smith - Lakeland, FL

“To all the Roy girls, their families and Nanny's grandchildren!Your Mom and Nannie was a beautiful woman and will be missed dearly! Please know you...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Craig and Sandy Crosier - FL

“Joan and Family,My deepest sympathy to each and every one of you. What a special lady. Her obituary says it all. You have the love and the memories...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Pam Delmolino - Pittsfiel, MA

“Thinking of you all at this time. We have had the pleasure of knowing some of Janet's wonderful daughters and know you will miss her as your great...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: george&nancy bissell - dalton,ma

“Roy Girls... Thoughts & Prayers are with you... With deepest heartfelt sympathy... Peg Korte ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“To June and family,I didn't know your mom but I loved how you always spoke of her with such devotion. I am deeply sorry for your loss. ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Amale Neary - Pittsfield, MA


Dalton lost an exceptional woman with an amazing spirit who was loved and admired by many. Janet Alberta Putney Roy, "Nanny" was surrounded by her eight daughters, grandchildren, and son in-laws when she peacefully passed away at her home in Dalton.
On the Thursday before she passed she shared, "I had a wonderful life with Billy and our girls. Watching our daughters lives unfold together was (mostly) the joy of our lives. We always made each other laugh- I hope somehow that will continue."
Born in Holyoke, MA on October 21, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ransome Putney and Hannah O' Riley Putney. A long time Dalton resident, she was a 1950 graduate of St. Joseph Central High School and a 1954 graduate of St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing where she became a registered nurse.
She had a long career of helping others in many capacities, including at the Berkshire Medical Center and at the Dalton Nursing Home. She spent several years as a Nursing Supervisor at Ashmere Nursing Home. She later became Director of Nursing at the Dalton Nursing Home. After her retirement she spent several years volunteering with Hospice of The Berkshires.
Janet loved spending time with her family, attending her daughters and grandchildren's graduations, art shows, speaking engagements and sporting events. She enjoyed weekly game days with her nursing buddies. Wednesday evenings were designated "Family Dinner Night" - involving all the family in town, and often several desserts. Nanny was humble but clear that she loved shopping at Macy's and receiving gifts such as lottery tickets & GC's to restaurants. A week at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA was the highlight of every summer, spending family time on the beach and floating under the bridge. Home at Burr Drive, she loved gardening, reading novels and followed politics carefully until November 8th of this year. Putty, her much loved giant golden retriever son, often walked her and many of us. Our Nanny was enchanted by the magic of movies of all kinds (with jujufruits) and she lived for Oscar night gatherings. Though Bill preferred Suduko, she was brilliant with crossword puzzles.
William A. Roy, Janet's husband of 59 years, passed away in February of 2016. She leaves her eight daughters; Beth Norton (Tom) of Housatonic, MA, Merricat Roy (Milo) of Tuscon, AZ, Helen Roy (Tony Featherston) of NYC, NY, JT Roy (Kendall Dorman) of Washington DC, Joan Roy of Dalton, June Roy-Martin of Pittsfield, Rosie Roy (Paul) of Northampton and Anne Ronayne (Brendan) of Dalton. She will be greatly missed by all her grandchildren; Sarah, Billy, Lianne, Riley, Lucy, Becca, Emmy, Johnny, Roy, Jill, Ben, Hannah and Catie as well as her many loving nephews and nieces whom she adored. She will also be missed by her loyal animals Putty and Duke.
Nanny's family would like to extend a special thanks to the Berkshire Medical Center's 5th floor and to Dr. DeLeo and the amazing nurses at the BMC Cancer Clinic for their kind and loving treatment. We would also like to thank Hospice Care of Berkshire County for their support and help bringing mom home.
Nanny Roy had an amazing spirit and was brave and courageous as she battled cancer, showing everyone who knew her how to stay positive, and present in every single day. Nanny, with her sparkling smile and contagious laugh will be missed, but she will remain in our hearts and minds forever.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
Nanny's wishes were for her friends and family to have A Celebration of Life in her honor. It will be held on Sunday, December 4th at Wahconah Country Club, 30 Old Windsor Rd. Dalton MA 01226.
The extended family is invited for a private gathering at Wahconah Country Club from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. We would love to invite all our friends to join us at Wahconah Country Club from 1PM – 4PM for an open house as we gather to celebrate the life of Nanny. There will be a Remembrance Service at 1:15 PM where we will share reflections and memories.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of Janet may be made to: The Denise Kaley Fund for Berkshire County Women with Cancer in care of DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, 890 Main Street, Dalton, MA 01226 or go to berkshiretaconic.org/makeadonation and select the Denise Kaley Fund.
Donations can also be made to The Dalton Benefit Association in care of the funeral home.

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Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tel. (413) 443-9151
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