Obituaries

Jean Connolly Lefavour

June 18th, 2019

Jean Connolly Lefavour, 87, a longtime resident of Wilmington, MA, peacefully went to her final rest on May 21, 2019 in Vero Beach, FL.

Jean was born in Wakefield, MA on April 11, 1932 and attended Wakefield High School where she graduated with the Class of 1949. In 1953, she married Willis Lefavour and the couple moved to the house her grandfather built on Glen Road, where she raised her six children and resided until 2014. For many years Jean operated her landscaping business, Stillwater Gardens and Designs, and created beautiful gardens, floral arrangements and stone walls for numerous businesses and homeowners in the area. Her proudest achievement was the stone wall she built in front of Rocco’s Restaurant in Wilmington, which stands as a memorial to her workmanship. Jean was also a Girl Scout leader and poll worker for the Town of Wilmington for many years. She loved skiing and scuba diving in her younger days.

Jean was a devoted follower of Christ and a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church for over fifty years, where she was church secretary to Revs. Miller and Evans, a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir and spreader of the love of Christ to all she met. She was also renowned for the deviled eggs she would make for after service refreshment. Jean always had time to stop and listen to people’s problems and concerns, which they always felt safe sharing with her even if they didn’t know her, often for hours in the aisles at Market Basket or at the Post Office. Her prayer list was consistently long. Her beautiful, caring spirit will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Jean was the cherished daughter of the late Jack and Mabel Connolly and sister of Francis “Skip” Connolly, beloved mother of Ellen Lefavour, Judy Wilburn, Steven Lefavour, Elizabeth Lefavour, Alan Lefavour and Blake Lefavour, and honored mother-in-law to Ron Wilburn and Masha Cheshkin, Grammy to Ron Wilburn, Jr. and Alice Lefavour, and Aunt to Michael Connolly. In addition, there are many adults to whom Jean was second mom and her home a second home while they were growing up in Wilmington.

Visiting hours will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday June 26th at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington, MA.

Family, friends and all who loved Jean are invited to gather for a Celebration of Jean’s Life at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, Church Street, Wilmington, MA on Thursday, June 27th at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jean’s memory to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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14 Entries in Guest Book for “Jean Connolly Lefavour”

  1. Frank West says:

    Sorry to hear of Mrs Lafavour’s passing. Karen and I offer our deepest sympathies to her family.

  2. Regina Piantedosi says:

    always welcomed Jeans visits on RN. she was an elegant and accepting woman who always had a comforting and encouraging word for all… sending my heartfelt love to all of her dear family. xx

  3. Bonnie Rollins says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Becky Suggs Dixon says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman ! She influenced so many people in such a loving and giving way ! Truly an angel on earth !

  5. Ron Wilburn Jr. says:

    Thank you for being a wonderful grandmother.
    I’ll miss you very much and I hope that you’re in a better place now.

  6. Marianne Leverone Yeaton says:

    Our next door neighbor for years, Mrs. Lefavour was a beautiful woman inside and out. So sorry for your loss.

  7. Betsy Palmer Feeley says:

    I was working at Mr. Spumonis next to Rocco’s when Jean was building the wall, she worked so meticulously and it was amazing to watch. It certainly does stand as a testament to her workmanship. Condolences to her family.

  8. Margaret Plumer Lennerton says:

    Judy,
    So sorry for your loss. I always thought of her as beautiful and elegant. Scouts was always a fun time for me.
    Always remember when your mom made green pasta for St Pats Day…I thought Wow! So much fun, that would never happen at my house!
    Much love to you.

  9. Janice Spada DMD says:

    Judy and family. Deepest condolences. May fond memories keep your spirits up during this time of grief

  10. Cathy Juergens Crawford says:

    Jean was the best neighbor. One very early story my mom told us, when my father was away in the service and my mother didn’t have any coal to heat the house. She and Jean were together when a coal truck went down Glen Road. It went over a bump and coal fell in the street my mother and Jean ran to get it and Jean told my mom to first get down on her knees and thank God. I will always remember her beautiful smile.

  11. Gary Carter says:

    Jean
    You were a shining light on this earth
    and you will be missed.

  12. Diane Juergens Lepore says:

    I have a lot of fond memories of our neighbor jean , Ellen was a good friend JEAN always made me feel welcomed. Jean would pay us 3 cents to clean bricks, we played marbles in her back yard we slept out in the tree house Ellen dad made when Jean would go to pools Bakery she would give ELLEN half a loaf just to eat, Jean helped with the printing of our neighborhood newspaper.Jean was the most kind hearted person I know sorry for your loss

  13. Dick and Patti Carter and Family says:

    Dear LeFavour family, we are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Jean was the sweetest, gentlest person, whose smile always brightened even the cloudiest day. She will be missed by many.
    Jean was my Girl Scout leader long before I became part of the Carter clan, we had such great adventures, one of my best memories is when she taught me how to make pancakes on a metal can with a sterno for heat.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Dick and Patti (Curran) Carter and family

  14. Michael Juergens says:

    Jean was like a second Mom to me. She taught me a lot of life’s lessons. I had a lot of great times growing up next door. Jean had such a kind spirit and she always made people feel welcome. I was grateful to share in her celebration of life and reconnect with my childhood friends. God bless all of you during this time of grief.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Mike

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