Obituaries

McMahon, Viola

August 19th, 2010

Viola J. “Vi” (Biggar) McMahon, age 98 of North Andover, formerly a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 19, 2010.

Viola was born on March 6, 1912, in Haverhill, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Paul and Hedwig (Hofmann) Biggar. Vi grew up in the Ballardvale section of Andover and was a graduate of the Punchard High School in Andover. Viola continued her education at the Burdett Secretarial School in Boston. Viola was a secretary at an insurance company in Boston for several years before she met and married Bernard P. McMahon on October 12, 1939. Viola and Barney made their home in Wilmington, where they also raised their two sons Peter and Brian. Viola and Barney enjoyed almost 60 years of marriage before his passing in January of 1999.

Viola was very active in the Wilmington Womens Club and the Friends of the Harnden Tavern in Wilmington. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her beautiful rock gardens that were located around the family home on Floradale Ave.

Viola will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife and mother, she was very soft spoken, sweet, kind, and was always a lady. Viola loved her family and friends deeply and will be greatly missed by all.

Viola was the beloved wife of the late Bernard P. McMahon, devoted mother of Peter F. McMahon & his wife Marlene of North Andover and Brian H. McMahon & his wife Karen of New Jersey, loving grandmother of Christine Eaton & her husband Steven, Michael McMahon & his wife Shannon, Kathleen McMahon, Jennifer McMahon, Sean McMahon, and great-grandchildren Aiden and Soren McMahon, she was also the dear sister of the late Clara Raftery and Ralph Biggar.

Her Funeral Service will take place at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, August 25th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Tuesday, August 24th from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Viola’s name may be made to the Lazarus House, 229 South Union St., Lawrence, MA 01843.

Share/Save

5 Entries in Guest Book for “McMahon, Viola”

  1. John Riley says:

    Peter and Brian, Please accept our deepest sympathy on your mother’s passing. She was a dear lady. She was most gracious when Maria and
    I stopped in to call on our visits to Wilmington. We visited once at North Andover and were pleased to see that she was living near one of her boys.
    John and Maria Riley

  2. Adele C. Passmore says:

    Dear Peter and Marlene,

    My deepest sympathy for you and all of your family at this sad time. We have lost a very special lady – beautiful in every way! She was a blessing to me and to all who knew her and will always be sadly missed.

    Vi and I shared a very special interest through the years – the history of our town of Wilmington – especially during her near century-long lifetime here. Reminiscing with me always brought a smile and so much pleasure as she recalled to mind and shared long forgotten happenings.

    May all your memories bring you comfort in the days and years ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Adele C. Passmore says:

    Dear Peter and Marlene,

    My deepest sympathy for you and all of your family at this sad time. We have lost a very special lady – beautiful in every way! She was a blessing to me and to all who knew her and will always be sadly missed.

    Vi and I shared a very special interest through the years – the history of our town of Wilmington – especially during her near century-long lifetime here. Reminiscing with me always brought a smile and so much pleasure as she recalled to mind and shared long forgotten happenings.

    May all your memories bring you comfort in the days and years ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Bea Randell says:

    Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your mother, she was a sweet and special lady. Many happy memories of spending time with her & Marie Butler, especially our shopping days & our lunch at Friendlys

  5. Nancy (Cutter) & Dick Elliott says:

    Vi certainly was a special lady…I clearly remember going over to the McMahon house as a child as Peter and Brian and my 3 sisters (Carol, Phyllis & Priscilla) used to play together often and Vi would tell me to come in and she would sit me on her lap and talk…..
    our sympathy to you Peter and Brian for the great loss of your Mom.

RSS feed for comments on this post.