Evelyn Louise (Meuse) Ferrara

November 13th, 2017

Evelyn Louise (Meuse) Ferrara, age 98, of Wilmington, passed away on November 9, 2017 at the home of her daughter, Rene’ (Ferrara) Lake-Gagliardi. Rene’ was with her at the time of her passing, joined by her brother, Vincent James Ferrara, via FaceTime.

Evelyn met her husband of 55 years, Anthony James Ferrara, who predeceased her, on the dance floor. Both were dancing enthusiasts who for 25 years ran a monthly ballroom dancing group at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus.

In her early adult years, Evelyn travelled throughout the country, working as a waitress in some of the nation’s classic resorts and restaurants, including the Hollywood Beach Hotel in Florida and New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Hotel.

Married in 1956, Evelyn and Anthony were delighted to become parents to their daughter, Rene’ and son, Vincent. They moved into a new home in Wilmington, built by Anthony, a carpenter at the time, and readied just in time to bring their first child home from the hospital. Evelyn was a resident of Wilmington for nearly 60 years, spending her last years at the home of her daughter. She expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to live out her life in the home of Rene’ and her husband, Peter.

The Ferrara home was filled with music and dancing. Husband Anthony was a tenor with a great love for “barbershop” music. Evelyn, a pianist who played the piano regularly until a few years before her passing, ensured that both her children became trained in the piano.

Had her family been able to afford college, she would have majored in journalism, pursing her great love of the English language. Until very recently, she engaged in cross word puzzles daily and corresponded with old friends and relatives in letters that were poetic and full of wisdom. Even in her 90’s her penmanship was impeccable.

After graduating from high school, Evelyn worked in a variety of jobs, including clerical work in a law office, a position screening visitors at a tuberculosis sanitarium, and a brief stint as a dance instructor before she turned to waitressing.

Once her children were in school, Evelyn returned to the work that she loved, waitressing, beginning with the lunch shift at the local Friendly’s. In 1969, she took a job at the Hill Top Steak House in Saugus where she worked for 37 years, retiring at the age of 87.

Evelyn loved the water and was an avid swimmer with enthusiasm for boats as well. As a teenager, she was first baseman on her high school varsity baseball team. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Boston Red Sox, and especially, of the New England Patriots and its quarterback, Tom Brady. Go Patriots!

She was a willing and cheerful helper, always willing to pitch in, whether it was the building of her own home or that of her daughter. Neighbors still fondly remember her for her role in creating and organizing an annual block party that was always well attended.

Her outlook was always positive, right to the end. She saw the good in people. Her kind and gentle approach resulted in lasting friendships. Her insights and suggestions were always positive and supportive, demonstrating only the best of intentions. Up to the day before she passed, she enjoyed participating in the weekly Royalston Council of Aging’s senior citizen luncheon.

Evelyn loved her family most of all. She treasured her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. To her grandchildren, Angelina (Lake) Sutherland and Anthony Lake, she was a constant beacon of light. From the moment they were born, she loved them fully, never judging or pushing them in a particular direction. She looked at them with complete admiration for who they already were, making them feel as though they were always enough just the way they were. She taught them that life was about balance, to remember that “this too shall pass”, how to live in the moment and be the best version of themselves.

In her memoire, Evelyn said, “As I approach my 90th year, know that my journey through life has been a satisfying one. God has been good to me.” She was able to stay with us for another nine years and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her children, Evelyn leaves Vincent’s wife Dianna, Rene’’s husband Peter Gagliardi, Angelina’s husband Todd Sutherland, Anthony’s partner Jeanette Beaudette, grandchildren Justin Vincent Desmarais and Vincent Noah Lake. She was predeceased by a grandson, Vincent Howard Lake, her parents, Joseph W. and Mary F. (Doucette) Meuse and siblings Helen Elliott, Dorothy Lineberry and Joseph Meuse.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Avenue (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. A brief service of remembrance will be conducted at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Evelyn’s name can be made to the Royalson Council on Aging, c/o Betty Woodbury, PO Box 128, Royalston, MA 01368.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Evelyn Louise (Meuse) Ferrara”

  1. Linda Phelps Ellis says:

    Dear Rene ,Peter & family and Vinnie & Dianna & family…so very sorry for your great loss. She was definitely a remarkable angel who will be missed by all. Linda & Family

  2. Jane Gagliardi says:

    A beautiful tribute to a life well lived and a woman who was filled with gratitude, positivity and love. My thoughts are with you. Peace.

  3. Mark Melaragni says:

    Vinny and Rene’, I’m struggling to find words here for there are so few that can express my appreciation for someone that has lived a life like your mom’s, and made an impression on my own life. Your’s was a second family to me, and your parents always treated me no less than family, sharing words and life lessons that will be with me forever. When i think back over my life, there are few memories that don’t include you and your parents. Please know in your time of loss, your mom was so loved, and will be missed very much. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your families. Mark…

  4. Angelina says:

    Although she will be so missed, I couldn’t be more grateful for the 33 years that I had with her. She lived a full life of love with no regrets and made everyone a better person by just being in her presence. I only have memories of her being loving, positive, fun and supportive. She was the best grandmother anyone could ever hope to have. She will always be one of my biggest role models and someone I hope to even be a fraction of someday… In every photo taken throughout the years you can see her “glowing”. Her light always shown bright and will continue to shine through who loved her.

  5. Doyle family says:

    Rene” and Vinny ..Many memories as neighbors and dear friends …..always laughing and learning about life ….Our sorry and sympathy to all your family during these sad times ,but we are sure your Mom would want to celebrate life’s special moments …with deepest regards

    The Doyle’s

  6. Debbie Stone says:

    René and Vinney,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman, and I have great memories of her while we were all growing up in the neighborhood. I hope you find some comfort in knowing how much she was loved throughout her life.
    Love, Debbie

  7. Nora Pelletier Zinan says:

    I am so grateful for her beautiful presence in the world and the gifts she gave us of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  8. Mychele Hayes says:

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved dear mother and grandmother. May the Beautiful memories of her that you cherish provide comfort and strength for you and your family. May you find solace as you endure this most distressing time with our Heavenly Father (Ps. 83:18) who revives the spirit of those hurting. Isaiah 57:15.

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