Mary F. Whitney

October 28th, 2020

Mary F. Whitney (Gill), age 76, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on October 27, 2020.

Mary was born in Boston, MA, on February 4, 1944; she along with her twin sister Margaret were the cherished daughters of Mary Gill. Mary was raised and educated in Billerica and attended Billerica Memorial High School.

Mary married her “sweetheart” Ed Whitney in 1964; the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their family. Mary’s family was her world; she loved being a wife, mother and especially a grandmother; she adored those kids. Mary’s door was always open to her family, friends and neighbors; she made everyone feel welcomed and loved.

After a few years in Wilmington as her family expanded, Mary and Ed moved a few doors down where she met her new neighbor Joan Bruce; the two hit it off immediately and became immediate friends. Mary & Ed, Joan & Chet raised their children together, traveled together and created countless memories together. Mary and Joan were truly as close as “sisters” could be.

Mary was also very active in her community and was the first to volunteer to help in any way she could. Mary was one of the original founders of the famous Woburn Street School Pumpkin Fair, for many years she was instrumental in orchestrating the Wilmington Rotary Club Annual Auction and the holiday clothing drives for kids in need. Mary loved hosting Rotary festivities large or small and she held countless hockey banquets throughout the years. Mary was always donating and bidding on things to raise money for causes that her close to her heart.

Mary was the recipient of the prestigious Rotary Paul Harris award and a runner up candidate for the Wilmington Good Guy Award. These were all nice gestures but they were not what Mary was about; she was humble, unassuming and never looked for any credit for what she did to help others. Mary did everything from “her heart”; she truly loved helping people and she never expected anything in return or any “spot light’ for her efforts. Mary loved to host events large or small; she was always working behind the scenes and enjoyed watching others have a good time.

Mary loved spending time at their family home along the Annisquam River in Gloucester; this was one of her favorite places in the world. Mary enjoyed having family and friends visit; she hosted many dock parties at the Marina, she had annual lobster/clam bakes and cookouts on Rust Island; everyone always had a great time. Mary also looked forward to the many special trips that she took with her family and friends to Bermuda; another one of her favorite places.

Mary’s talents didn’t stop with her “hosting abilities”; she was a talented artist, painter, floral designer, she had a keen talent in creating beautiful ceramic pieces and was a fanatic at finding a good yard sale where she could pick up some unique bargains.

Mary will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was kind, caring, loyal and would do anything to help anyone. Mary was generous of her time and talents to make others happy. Mary loved her family and friends with all her heart and she will forever be missed by those who loved her.

Mary was the beloved wife of Edward C. Whitney, Jr., devoted mother of Patricia Whitney of Wakefield, Ned Whitney & his wife Christine and Kathy Timmons & her husband Erik all of Wilmington, Bob Whitney of Tewksbury and Mike Whitney & his wife Jillian of Gloucester. Special Aunt of Tara Gomez & her husband Rigo of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Loving “Nannie” and “Nana Whitta” of Jake, Dylan and Zack Timmons, Alex, Kara, Kaycee and Joey Whitney, Devon and Ty Whitney, Kyera Tamagini, Remy and Cala Scott, Mia Gomez and Great Nanny to Kasen Kaukani. Cherished daughter of the late Mary Gill, dear twin sister of the late Margaret Buccaroni. Mary is survived by her sister-in-law of Carol Bourque of Chelmsford, her cousin Mary Boermeester of Billerica and her cherished best friend Joan Bruce of New Hampton, NH.

Due to the current situation with Covid 19 and for everyone’s safety the Whitney family has decided to have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary’s memory to MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary F. Whitney”

  1. Kathy says:

    Love you Mom you are at peace now, your lil body just couldn’t compete with your mind any longer, you put such an amazing fight up for so very long, Rest In Peace now, I’ll miss you please give Nana a big hug, an watch over us all, we will take good care of Dad he is lost without you, he misses you throwing things at him lol he loved you so much ,even when you were fresh

  2. Doyle family says:

    We are sorry for your loss -our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time .

  3. Mike Murphy says:

    My condolences to the Whitney’s . May the road rise rise up to meet you ,may the sun shine upon you , may the wind be at your back and the rain fall soft upon you ( Irish blessing )

  4. Ruthie Santini says:

    Hi Kathy and family
    Sorry to hear of your mom passing
    You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time

  5. Nancy Luciano says:

    Mike and family: We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother.
    Love, Nancy Luciano and family

  6. Connell family says:

    Kathy and family very sorry for your loss. Give your dad a big hug for me.

  7. Jennifer Gibbons says:

    Kathy im so sorry for the loss of your mom.
    Sending you love.
    Jennifer Gibbons

  8. carol gill says:

    To the Whitney family

    May all your wonderful memories help you thru this most difficult time…RIP Mary…..

  9. Maria Bruce Mearls says:

    From the day the Whitney family moved next door our life had changed. Shortly after we became so close that family not neighbor was used. Mary was thought of as Aunt. Closer than and a bigger part of our lives than most blood aunts. She was multi layered ; a free spirit who loved yard sales, was creative and artsy , and giving to a fault.She will be missed . Prayers for the family.

  10. Hal and Judy Bickford says:

    Kathy and family we are so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

  11. Mary Boermeester says:

    Where do I start? We go way back since grammar school. So many memories of playing school and taking turns neing teacher, roaming the neighborhood and hanging out with all the kids. Riding horses together, you on Callahans hirse and me on your horse Dorey! Hanging out at Elaine’s and jumping off theur porch! Crawling under Boston road in the water tunnel worrying about snakes! Jackie Milliken, Billy Conway and Happy Hughes were our buddies.
    Marrying in the 60’s and you living in North Billerica around the corner from me! From next door to around the corner!
    I was in labor, 5 minutes apart and Marty in the woods hunting so I called you and asked you to said NO but were with me in 2 minutes! Will miss you my frirnd and cousin. See you in heaven if God doesnt find out the stuff i got in to growing up. Luv you

  12. Phil Bourque says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to the whole Whitney family. Rest In Peace Aunt Mary.

  13. Tammy Francis says:

    To the Whitney Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Mary rest in the sweetest peace you will be missed

  14. Lynn Kelley says:

    Kathy and Family

    You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Condolences.
    Love the Kelley Family

  15. Carol Skilling says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I used to come and take care of your grandfather Ed, who started with Whitney Barrel Company when he lived with you. Yours was a very busy household. Again, I am so sorry for you, Ed, and the family. God be with you all. He is always with you. Carol Skilling

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