Obituaries

Mary J. (Monahan) Geoffrion

April 5th, 2014

Mary J. (Monahan) Geoffrion, age 103, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on April 4, 2014.

Mary was born on June 13, 1910; she was the cherished daughter of the late Catherine G. (Edwards) and John P. Monahan.  Mary was raised and educated in Cambridge before moving with her mother to Winthrop where she lived for many years.

Mary loved living by the ocean and throughout her life she loved to go to the beaches up and down the New England coast; but she especially loved the beaches in Gloucester.  Mary was a very strong swimmer in her younger years and she swam well into her 90’s.  In her later years, Mary would often practice swimming at the Shawsheen Tech pool.

Mary was a beautiful young lady, a “stunner” who did some modeling for shoe and cosmetic companies throughout her twenties.

Mary moved to Wilmington in the 1950’s and she quickly became involved as a long-time member of the Congregational Church.  Mary was a woman of great faith and with that faith she was able to draw strength to overcome Hodgkin’s disease and breast cancer; Mary was a fighter and a survivor.

Mary had many talents, she was an avid gardener with a “green thumb”; Mary loved her flowers and she was very proud of the spectacular gardens throughout her yard.  Mary was also the “town seamstress” for many years, there wasn’t anything she couldn’t mend.  Mary would sew for many members of the police and fire departments; she made gowns for entire wedding parties, tailored suits and dresses for her family and friends, and did countless alterations in a pinch.

In her late 60’s, Mary decided to start a new venture and she got her driver’s license.   Mary volunteered to drive at the Wilmington Senior Center, taking members to countless doctor’s appointments, shopping trips, or out to lunch; every trip was always an adventure with Mary at the wheel.  Mary finally gave her license up in her early 90’s, spending lots of those years doing for others, she was definitely a dependable friend to many.

Mary loved animals, especially her dogs; Mary raised German Shepard’s and spoiled each and every one of them.

Mary’s will be fondly remembered for feistiness as well as for her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends.  Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, grandparent, and a true friend to many.  Mary was very proud of her family and she cherished every moment they were together.  Mary will be remembered as “one of a kind” and a “true lady” who will be greatly missed by all.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Philip C. Geoffrion, devoted mother of William B. Merrill & his wife the late Vilma B. Merrill of Wilmington, loving Grandmother of Vilma Jean Merrill of No. Hampton, NH and William B. Merrill, Jr. & his wife Lee Ann of Windham, NH, Great-Grandmother of Elizabeth, Jon, William, Nicole and Jessica, Great-Great Grandmother of Lena, cherished daughter of the late Joseph P. and Catherine G. (Edwards) Monahan, dear sister of the late Evelyn Cray.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation on Tuesday, April 8th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA  01887.

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  1. Anita Gleason says:

    Bill-so sorry to hear about your mom. I remember the arguments between Anna Stanley, Grace Rosa (my mom) and Ivan Palmer, on who would live the longest! They all tried very hard to win….but, Mary gets the last laugh. She was one of “Ivans’ Angels” in every sense of the word. They were all stubborn, feisty, and good people. A blessing to know each and every one of them! I miss them all dearly. Anita

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