Mary E. Ethier

April 21st, 2007

Mary E. (Chisholm) Ethier, age 93, of Wilmington passed away quietly at the Woodbriar Nursing Home on Saturday, April 21st.

Mary was born in Wakefield, MA, on December 18, 1913, moving to Wilmington at age 8. She was the daughter of the late John D. & Mary J. Chisholm of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. In Wilmington, Mary lived with her family (parents, siblings, husband and children) on Park Street in the family home until 1959, when the house was moved to Woburn Street to accommodate the construction of Route 93. The Park Street property was bordered with giant spruce trees brought from Canada. Mary and her family continued to occupy the family home and it is still used by the family today.

Mary graduated from Wilmington High School as a member of the Class of 1931. She was a devoted member of St. Thomas Parish where she was an active participant and Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters. She was an avid gardener and crafter. Her home on Park Street was surrounded by beautiful flower and rock gardens tended by Mary. She made many beautiful ceramic pieces and will always be remembered by her Sunday school students for the beautiful religious statuary she made for them while preparing them for their First Holy Communion. She was an extraordinary stitcher, producing beautiful displays of Japanese Bunka and Hardanger embroidery. Mary spent many years working as a clerk in the Wilmington and North Wilmington Postal Offices. After retirement, Mary and her husband took up golfing and spent every Winter in Florida enjoying that sport. Their summer months were spent on the golf course at Pine Valley in Pelham, NH, until Sammy’s death. Thereafter Mary spent her winters in Georgia with her late sister.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Clarence E. (Sammy) Ethier, devoted mother of William Ethier & his wife Sandra of Tewksbury, Paul Ethier & his wife Mildred of Tucson, AZ, and Mary Ann Ethier of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Mark Ethier, Michelle Cole, Tracey Kliros, great-grandmother of Allison Kathleen Cole and Shawn Kliros, dear sister of the late Paul, Arthur, and John Chisholm, Rita Chavaree, and Alice Keebler.

Her funeral will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, May 15, at 9:00 followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Monday, May 14, from 4-9 p.m.

Memorial donation’s in Mary’s name may be made to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Boston, 273 Summer St., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02210.


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