Mary T. Hightower (Redmond), age 86, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died peacefully with her family at her side on February 26, 2017.
Mary was born on April 25, 1930; she was the cherished only daughter to the late James and Mary Redmond. She was born, raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School.
Mary went to work at Gillette in South Boston and this is where she met her future husband Francis Hightower. Mary and Francis married in 1952; the couple moved to Malden in 1957 where they resided for 45 years and raised a wonderful family. Mary’s love for her family was unconditional; she was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
For many years Mary worked as a nurse at the Davenport Estate in Malden; Mary’s kindness and compassion for her patients was very evident in the excellent care that she always gave to them.
Mary was always very active throughout her life; she was an avid walker and loved to go bowling. Mary enjoyed going out with her girlfriends and the trips they all took to Florida over the years. She also looked forward to her many trips to Castle Island in South Boston with her family. Mary loved to read and learn about new things. She was known to have a passion for flowers; she enjoyed taking in the flower shows with her family and she was a member of the Horticultural Society.
Mary will be remembered as a wonderful lady, she was always there for her family and friends. Mary was very loving and kind and she will be greatly missed by all.
Mary was the beloved wife of the late Francis Hightower, devoted mother of Claire Donaldson of Melrose, Francis Hightower of Epping, NH, Robert Hightower of Wilmington and Marylee Davidson & husband Richard of Epping, NH. Loving “Nana” of Sarah Ortins, Andrew Donaldson, Brittney and Mariellen Sullivan, Scott, Kelly, Kristina, Rachael, Mya and Richard Davidson, Jr., and great-grandchildren Caroline and Samantha Ortins, and Abigail Donaldson. Cherished daughter of the late James and Mary (Sullivan) Redmond, dear sister of the late John, James and Joseph Redmond. Mary is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.