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“Barbara had a deep faith in God. She became my godmother at the age of 17. When I made my first communion she took me to Touraine's in Waltham and...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Ruth Gately - Waltham, MA

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Anne Boudreau - Waltham, MA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Rita DeCosta - Hudson, MA

“Over the many years that I have known Barbara I've visited her many times at different places....Wayland, Grafton, Marlborough and Sudbury. My...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Pauline M DiCesare - Wayland, MA


Mrs. Barbara M. (Ready) McGann, of Wayland, formerly of Waltham, died Monday, February 3, 2020 in Wingate at Sudbury after a long illness with Alzheimer's disease. She was 93.

Barbara was born on November 24, 1926 in Boston a daughter of the late Leo and Lillian (Forbes) Ready. Raised in Watertown, she was a graduate of Rosary Academy. She married John T. McGann on September 11, 1948 in Saint Patrick's Church and they lived many years in Waltham before making Wayland their home in 1991.

She worked for many years as a receptionist in the library at Brandeis University before retiring in 1997.

Barbara was a great mother and grandmother and loved spoiling her family and friends with her signature chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and the traditional roast on Sunday's. Proud of her Irish heritage she also had a talent and love for singing and enjoyed her friendships in the Wayland Golden Tones. A devout Catholic she volunteered as a CCD teacher at St. Mary's Church and belonged to St. Zepherin's Parish and its Women's Club in Wayland.

She is predeceased by her husband, John T. McGann, who died on October 19, 1999 and their son, Kevin L. McGann on April 19, 1969.

She leaves her children, Mary E. Davis (late Charles), B. Anne MacDonald (Paul), Maureen C. DeVane (Mark), all of Hudson, J. Terrence McGann of Tallahassee, Florida, Margaret E. Farnsworth (Donald), Eileen M. Dickson (John) all of Marlborough; her daughter-in-law Debbie McGann of Waltham; her brother, Gerard Ready of Brockton; also survived by 20 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Barbara's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, February 7th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorials in her name may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

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