Mary “Connie” Law

July 8th, 2014

Mary Constance (Kelleher) Law, fondly known as “Connie” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 7, 2014, she was 71 years old.

Connie was born on May 17, 1943, in Haverhill, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher. Connie was raised and educated in Haverhill and was a graduate of St. James High School with the Class of 1961. Connie went on to earn her degree from Lowell State College in 1965.

On July 31, 1966, Connie married the love of her life Richard “Rich” Law. Connie and Rich moved to Wilmington in 1968 where they raised four beautiful daughters. Connie’s love and devotion to her family was always unconditional. Connie was very involved in her girl’s lives; she spent many years as a girl scout leader and had great times on fun camping and field trips with her girls as well as the other adventurous leaders. Connie, Rich, and their girls enjoyed traveling, having fun, and making great memories to be shared with her grandchildren. Connie always said that her greatest joys and treasures were her four loving and devoted daughters and sons-in-law and her nine fantastic grandchildren.

Connie was also a hard worker who had a lot of kindness towards others; for many years Connie taught at the Millbrook Nursery School and substituted in the Wilmington School System, she loved the kids and they loved her. In 1985, Connie went to work at St. Ann’s Home in Methuen, where she especially enjoyed stocking the Point Store for the students and where she worked with many wonderful and caring people.

In her spare time, Connie’s hobbies included reading, crocheting blankets that she made for family and friends, gardening, traveling, and attending as many of her grandchildren activities that she could get to without getting lost.

Connie was a woman of great faith, who loved God and her church. Connie was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years. It was with her deep faith that Connie found the strength and courage to face her illness, always fighting and never giving up.

Connie will be remembered as a soft spoken, caring, patient lady who had a heart of gold. Connie’s devotion to her family and friends was always evident with everything she did. Connie was truly an amazing woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Connie was the beloved wife of the late Richard J. Law, devoted mother of Eleen Smalley & her husband Daniel of Wilmington, Beth Magliano & her husband James of Pelham, NH, Kate Ryan & her husband Fred and Anne Murray & her husband James all of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Alyssa and Daniel Smalley, Patrick and Anna Magliano, Conor, Donovan and Julia Ryan, Andrew and Jonathan Murray, cherished daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher, dear sister of Daniel T. Kelleher & his late wife Louise of Dover, NH, Margaret A. “Peggy” Pistone & her husband Robert of Bradford and the late Paul G. Kelleher, loving sister-in-law of Gerry Danforth & her late husband Don of Haverhill. Connie is also survived by many dearly loved cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and many kind and close friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 11th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 10th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Connie’s name may be made to the Wilmington Food Pantry, 142 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.


21 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary “Connie” Law”

  1. Engrem Family says:

    Our thought, prayers and sympathy are with you all at this very sad time. Connie truly was a gift to Our worls. Her gentleness, kindness and goodness touched our family and the life’s of so many. She has left footprints in the hearts of many. May she rest in peace and may your memories help you through this time of sadness. With loving thoughts!

  2. Juanita Singh says:

    Connie was a dear and loving friend to my daughter Pria Singh. She was a joy and brought pleasure to all who met her – she will be greatly missed by the Singh household. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. – Sincerely, Juanita Singh

  3. The DeMangos says:

    We are so sorry about your mom. She was so kind and loving. I remember her when she would come to the preschool. She must be so proud of the legacy she left in all of you girls and her grandchildren. Your mom did an amazing job! Heaven has another angel. Lots of hugs to all of you. You have each other to help you through.

  4. Jane Powers says:

    Connie was an amazing woman, colleague, friend, and an inspiration. I will always remember her kindness, compassion, her humor and generosity. All of us who worked with her at St. Ann’s were so fortunate to know her, and the kids truly loved her. Connie and her family lit up the lives of so many St. Ann’s day students over the years with their gift of Christmas presents, a secret labor of love until now. I’m so grateful to have known Connie, and she remains in my prayers, with deep affection and gratitude.

  5. Teresa Jones says:

    My deepest sympathy to Connie’s loving family and friends. She is very much a part of St. Ann’s Home school, where she enriched the lives of our students and staff with her caring disposition, humor, and endless support. Connie was very much a part of our “work family” and she will be greatly missed. I am so thankful to have known her.

  6. Kathy Lyon says:

    Connie was a kind and caring person who brightened the lives of both the children and staff of St. Anns with her smile and cheerful words. She will be deeply missed by us all. My deepest sympathy to all of Connies family.

  7. Toni LaRivee says:

    Eleen – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Mom was a kind and loving woman and will be greatly missed. Hugs, Toni

  8. Debbie (Morgan) Parker says:

    Connie was a loving and caring part of St. Ann’s Home. She was always willing to lend a hand in any way she could where ever she was needed. Connie will truly be missed by all who knew her. I am honored to have known her and worked with her. My thoughts and prayers are with Connie’s family during this difficult time.

  9. Marcia Strasnick says:

    Connie was such a special, loving person. She was a kind, good natured woman who truly lit up the room when she entered. I had the pleasure of knowing Connie throughout her many years at St. Ann’s and consider her a true friend. She will be missed by many people. I know I feel personally blessed for having known her. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  10. Gloria Paicopolos says:

    Connie was a gentle but brave woman who will be an inspiration to all of us. Even on her most difficult days, she never hesitated to say a kind word or to volunteer her help. She will be missed by children and staff alike at St. Ann’s.

  11. Kim Abdoo says:

    Connie was a genuine and caring individual. For many of us at work, she was one of the first people we saw as we started our day. She greeted everyone with a warm smile and truly put everyone’s needs above her own, regardless of how big or small. Connie treasured the interactions and thanks she received from the students and loved their reactions to all the new items she would pick out for Points Store. My sympathies to her family and friends during this difficult time. She will be missed by many.

  12. Maura Fruin says:

    Kate and Family – So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers during this sad time.

  13. Jill Peterson says:

    I feel so blessed to have known Connie. She was a joyful and loving person, whos warm smile would light up any room she entered! Her kindness to those around her at St. Ann’s has been such an inspiration and she has been missed tremendously since leaving last year. Please accept my sympathies and know that you are all in my thoughts at this difficult time.

  14. Maureen Amaral says:

    Eleen I am so very sorry for your loss. Keep her memory in your heart. She will always be there!

  15. Brenda Connolly says:

    Connie was one of my dearest friends. I loved working with her and enjoyed the trips we would take. We called ourselves Thelma and Louise as we would be-bop around in her red PT Cruiser convertible. She did so much for so many and asked nothing in return. She fought her fight with all the might she had. She will be missed by so many who loved her. Whenever I see a red cardinal, I will know she is around. Rest in peace my dear friend, until we meet again.

  16. William Kelleher says:

    Our love and prayers to you as you follow the amazing life your mother, and Dad, gave to the small piece of the world we inhabit.Her influence on people is lasting. And a source of pride for your children. She now rests in peace with your Dad.

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    . .her influence on people is lasting.

  17. William Kelleher says:

    To Dan and Peggy I regret being unable to be with you. The three of you have been a remarkable force in our family, an example for us all to emulate. Connie showed us what real strengh and faith is. She now has her reward as she joins Rich, your parents, and Paul. May they rest in the peace of our Dear Lord.

  18. Madonna Toto says:

    To the family of Connie Law..
    So sorry for the loss of your mom….May she RIP.

  19. Holly(Johnson)Papadopoulos says:

    Eleen, Beth&Katie,
    Sorry to hear about your mom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time…

  20. Mary Dwyer Jordan says:

    I was so sorry to learn of Connie’s death at Sacred Hearts Church in Bradford where Connie grew up. My sincere sympathies to brother Dan and sister Peg and Connie’s daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. I have many fond memories of Connie from or grammar & high school days. Connie & her family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  21. Kristin Pepe says:

    I was so saddened to hear of Connie’s passing… I will always remember her as a kind person. She had a wonderful smile and a quiet way. I can still envision her in the “Crying Room” at St. Thomas in Wilmington when I and the girls were little. My deepest sympathy goes out to her children and their families.

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