Joan Y. Tyler

Northeast Harbor

Joan Y. Tyler, 84, died peacefully at home Oct. 17, 2021. She was born Aug. 1, 1937, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Howard E. and Kathleen (Gray) Young.

Joan graduated high school from George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. She then went on to receive her teaching degree at Farmington State Teachers College. Her first job out of college was as a home economics teacher at Mount Desert Island High School. It was while teaching that she met her husband, Gary Tyler. They were married on Oct. 6, 1961. She stopped teaching soon after the birth of her first child to work at home as a seamstress. She sewed for the Lilly Pulitzer Store, the Kimball Shop Boutique and, most notably, for over 50 years at the Holmes Store.

Joan enjoyed the arts. She played the piano, did ceramics and liked to paint. She also enjoyed the outdoors, often taking her children and grandchildren hiking or to the beach.

She is survived by her two children, Sally Hulme and husband, Tony, of West Simsbury, Conn., and Jonathan Tyler of Sparks, Nev.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Gary, in 2018 and two siblings, Neal Young and Geneva Sylvester.

Graveside services for Gary and Joan will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Northeast Harbor.

Contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the Northeast Harbor Ambulance, P.O Box 122, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 or Beacon Hospice, 1026 Stillwater Ave., Bangor, ME 04401.

Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at

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