Sullivan, Mary

May 26th, 2009

Mary A. (Ducey) Sullivan, age 87, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Winchester Hospital.

Born in Boston, MA, on July 18, 1921, Mary was the dear daughter of the late Leo E. & Mary C. (Hickey) Ducey. Mary was raised in Charlestown and was a graduate of St. John’s High School in Boston. She married John F. Sullivan in 1943 and celebrated 40 years of marriage prior to his passing in 1983. Mary and John moved to Wilmington in 1953 and Mary became very involved in the community. Mary was an active parishioner at St. Dorothy’s Parish, she was a member of the Ladies Sodality, a Eucharistic Minister, and helped with various church fares and shows over the years. Mary was always doing for others, whether it was bringing one of her many friends to an appointment or spending countless hours volunteering at Nursing Homes, she was very active, organized and always willing to help.

Prior to retiring, Mary was employed at the Telephone Company in Boston and then spent many years as a Sales Clerk for Jordan Marsh Company.

In her spare time, Mary loved to sing, she was a member of the Mishawam Choral Society and she enjoyed working in her yard. Mary will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends, she always kept up to date on what was going with those she loved and had a genuine concern for their well being, they will miss her dearly.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late John F. Sullivan, devoted mother of Mary M. Marchetti & her husband Robert of Shirley, John F. Sullivan, Jr. “Jack” & his wife Patricia of Woburn, Eileen M. Sullivan & her husband Martin of Plymouth, VT, and Jeanne A. Craig & her husband Michael of Stokesdale, NC, loving grandmother of 9 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, dear sister of Helen Reilly of Stoneham, Margaret Canney & her husband Walter of Charlestown, Imelda Fitzgerald & her husband Joe of Woburn, and the late Catherine Lynch, Leo E. Ducey, Jr., Rev. William Ducey sscc, and Dorothy Monaco, Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, May 28th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to Sacred Hearts Missions, 77 Adams St., Fairhaven, MA 02719.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Sullivan, Mary”

  1. Laure Hoffma says:

    Jeanne and family, I was saddedned to hear of your loss. Your mother sounds like she was a great person, special friend, and exceptional mother! I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Helen Dennison Hebert says:


    I am sorry to learn about your Mother’s death. She sounds like she had a very engaging, active life and I know she raised a wonderful daughter.
    Helen Dennison Hebert

  3. Mary & Tim O'Mullane says:

    Mimi was a lovely lady. She was really proud of all her family.
    It was so nice seeing her at Brennans’ 1st birthday last week,
    she looked well and was in great form. Thank God she didn’t suffer and was so active till the end.
    You are all in our prayers and thoughts. May the many lovely memories of her bring you peace and help you through this sad time. God bless
    Mary & Tim

  4. John Monaco says:

    Despite the fact that I have been separated by time and distance, I always thought of May as a very special person who comforted me when I most needed comforting. My heartfelt sympathies to the entire Ducey clan. She will be missed. Sorry I cannot attend.



  5. Mary Kiesinger says:

    I would like to let May’s family, relatives, friends, etc. know that I will always be forever grateful for her many acts of kindness to me. She has without any hesitation always been so helpful filling in for me as Eucharistic Minister at St. Dorothy’s whenever I needed and asked for her help. I will miss seeing her at Mass and want to thank her so much for all of her help, love, and kindness towards me. I knew that I could always count on May’s help and really enjoyed all of our telephone conversations too! I will really miss her and want you all to know that it was an honor and pleasure to have known her.

  6. Erica, Andy & Brennan says:

    We love and miss you Mimi.

    Oceans of love and a kiss on every wave.

  7. Rick Norton says:

    Jeanne, Jack, Eileen, and Mary,

    Growing up next door, I feel like I was part of your family and was greatly saddened hearing this news. I was privileged to being able to meet her again three years ago when I visited my family and had a long enjoyable conversation. Keep strong. May will be be missed.

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