Mary V. (Bavin) Ratchford

December 23rd, 2013

Mary V. (Bavin) Ratchford, age 91, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2013 at the Winchester Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born on February 12, 1922, in Somerville, MA. She was the cherished daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Sheehan) Bavin.  Mary was raised and educated in Somerville.

Mary married Thomas Ratchford in 1949 and the couple moved to Wilmington in 1951.  Mary and Tom became parents in 1954 to their only child Diane, whom they loved and adored. Tom’s untimely passing in 1955 left Mary to raise her only daughter as a single mother, and she rose to the occasion and did a wonderful job.

Mary was fiercely independent and a very hard worker; for many years Mary worked at Wilmington Ford before taking a job at Silver Lake Pharmacy.  Mary thrived in her position at the Pharmacy. She was not only the book keeper, but she excelled at customer service. She was also known for acting as a “one time security guard” when she chased a would be robber from the store.  Mary became everyone’s friend at the pharmacy, whether delivering their prescriptions or just being there for a conversation.

In her spare time, Mary loved to go to Maine where she made many friends throughout the years.  Mary enjoyed shopping at the outlets and in the boutiques; always looking for a bargain or a unique gift for someone.  Mary also had a great time where ever she traveled to, especially her trips to Las Vegas and Foxwoods

Mary will be fondly remembered as a woman of great faith. She was kind, caring, and compassionate but most of all she will be remembered for her unconditional love for her family.  Mary always put her family first and she would have done anything for them.  Mary was a very devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; she was very proud of her family and she cherished all the time she spent with them.

Mary was truly an amazing woman. She was a great role model, ahead of her time in many respects, and she will be greatly missed.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Ratchford, loving mother of Diane Sinatra and her husband Bill ofAyer, cherished “Gramma” of Linda DuCharme and her husband Bob of Wilmington, Joe Parrella and his wife Jessica of Westford and Matthew Parrella of Tewksbury,“Gramma Mary” of Robbie, Michael and Kylie DuCharme and Joseph Parrella, dear companion of Al Staniewicz of Wilmington, daughter of the late Francis andHelen (Sheehan) Bavin, sister of the late Francis, Helen, Billy, Gladys, John and Daniel, Special Aunt of Sonya LeBert and her husband Stephen of Woburn and their children Brandon and Dane LeBert.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, onSaturday, December 28th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 27th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675,


3 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary V. (Bavin) Ratchford”

  1. Karen and Gerry O'Reilly says:

    Dear Diane, Bill, Linda and Family,
    So sorry to learn about Mary. I always enjoyed spending time with her as I admired her feistiness, her humor and her love for shopping. She always had a good story to tell too. She loved Linda’s friends and always made us feel welcomed. She will certainly be missed. What a wonderful woman she was. Sending our love, Karen, Gerry, Alex and Gerry Jr. O’Reilly

  2. Laurie Thibault says:

    Dear Diane, Bill, Linda and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I felt honored to have cared for Mary, you could feel the love in the room. You are all so wonderful and I hope the wonderful memories and stories that you shared will get you through the difficult times. God bless all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Laurie Thibault

  3. Arleen Perrotti-Harris says:

    I met Mary many years ago when I opened my first basket shop and we clicked. She was so far ahead of her time. A wonderfully independent and happy woman. We saw each other almost daily when I had the shop….and when I sold it I would visit her at Al’s and she was just so sweet and I will miss her and loved her. I had hoped to come up this summer from Marco Island and visit with her…She loved our little dog Elvis and my husband Bill really enjoyed talking with her. I pray for all her family. Arleen

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