She was born in Wilmington, Massachusetts on January 27, 1920, the daughter of the late Elmer and Myrtle (White) Nary. She was the fourth of six children. Avis resided in Wilmington for more than 79 years before moving to Lancaster, New Hampshire with her husband in 1999.
Rita enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Rita was the devoted mother of Elizabeth McMahon & her husband Joseph, John Ryan & his wife Maureen all of Wilmington, James Ryan & his wife Lorri of Saugus, Joseph Ryan & his wife Margaret, and William Ryan all of Lynn, and Mary Gerling & her husband Brian of Shawnee Mission, KS, loving “Nana” of Colleen & Erin McMahon, Emily & Mary Catherine Gerling, Kaileen Ryan, Meghan & Kerry Ryan, and Billy Ryan, daughter of the late Thomas & Elizabeth (Kane) Murphy, sister of James Murphy of North Andover, and the late Thomas Murphy, Mary Murphy, Margaret Bartel, and Sister Anna Louise Murphy. Rita is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 31st at 9 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, Peabody. Memorial donations in Rita’s name may be made to the Woburn Nursing Center, 18 Francis St., Woburn, MA 01801.
Eloise was born and raised in east Tawas, Michigan, she was the cherished daughter of the late Russell and Marie Anderson. Eloise was educated in Michigan and in her early years did secretarial work for the railroad. She met the love of her life Walter Sevener, they married in September of 1946, sharing 64 years together and raising their family. Eloise and Walter moved their family to Massachusetts 55 years ago, settling in Wilmington.
Besides being a devoted wife and mother, Eloise worked in the payroll department for the Transitron Company in Wilmington and Wakefield. She then went on to work as a Nurses Aide for many years at the Beaconcrest Nursing Home in Lowell, Eloise loved her job and was very kind and caring to her patients. In later years, before her health declined, Eloise worked at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the Woburn Mall, before retiring several years ago.
Eloise will be remembered as a very loving and caring person, a woman of great faith, who was devoted to her family and friends.
Eloise was the beloved wife of Walter J. Sevener, devoted mother of Kenneth Sevener of Wilmington, Dan Sevener and his wife Christine of South Carolina, Karen Byron and her husband Vince of Derry, NH, Sue Ann Sevener of Billerica, and Debbie Mitrano and her husband Jerry of Billerica, loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, dear sister of Sally Hourihan and her husband John of Tewksbury, the late Betty Kauer, the late Leroy Anderson and his wife Margaret, sister-in-law of Dar Kauer of Michigan, Eloise is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Monday, August 29th from 10 – 11 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Eloise’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.