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“To the Irvine Family ,We are so sorry for your loss .Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Love , Bill and Debbie Kelley ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Kelley - Boston, MA - Family

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Neil McManama - Spotsylvania, VA

“To the Irvine FamilyYour Mom was a real treasure always had a smile and ready to laugh. Mary delivered Meals on Wheels to frail, home bound elders...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Ruth Gately - Waltham, MA

“Sorry for your loss Keith. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Eddy Noonan - Waltham

“Keith, Sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Keith, Mary and the Irvine family. We are very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a great lady and we will miss talking with her. May she...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara Carroll - Salem, NH

“The Irvine familySorry for your loss Mary was one of my favorite customers up at Cloccktower drive Jim the mailman ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Jim sweeney - Billerica, MA

“I grew up with the Irving family, just around the corner on Galen Street. I remember Mrs Irving- I was in awe of her, the first woman soldier I ever...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Ann Marie ( Dolly) Martin-Marcolina - MA

“May the father of tender mercies comfort you during your time of need. RH ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for loss . She was a beautiful and feisty woman always with a smile on her face . ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Teresa Rice - Newton, MA - Friend

“Dear Irvine family;God bless you all as your grieve for Mary. We send our condolences. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Joanne and Doug Pettengill, and children - MA

“Dear Paul and Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. xo Pam and Beau ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Pam Ryan - Abington, MA

“May you rest in peace and your family rejoice in the time they spent with you. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara Joyce - Huntington Beach, CA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother will forever live on in you. May the good memories of your mother bring you strength and courage during this...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Nahass - WELLESLEY, MA

“To all of the Irvine Family,Mary's family at Waltham Crossings send their sincere condolences on the passing of Mary. Her smile, compassion and...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, MA

“To all of the Irvine family members:May God bless all of you and give each and every one of you strength and peace.God rest Mrs. Irvine's soul.She...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Paul J and Andrea Doucette James - FL

“Dear Keith, Mary & family,Bill & I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful lady, so kind, gentle and her wonderful...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Marianne & Bill Meuse - Waltham, MA

Waltham – Mrs. Mary E. (Lyons) Irvine, of Waltham, died Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Meadow Green Nursing Home. She was 87.

Mary was born in Roxbury on December 7, 1930, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Bauer) Lyons. She graduated from Somerville Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 and later served with the United States Navy Nurse Corps during the Korean War.

Mary was commissioned as a Lieutenant (j.g.) at U.S. Naval hospitals at St. Albans, Vermont, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and in Chelsea, Mass. It was at Camp Lejeune where she met her husband, Marine Lieut. Eugene C. Irvine. After a courtship Mary and Gene were married on February 5, 1955 in Saint Patrick's Church in Roxbury and four years later moved to Waltham where they became lifelong residents. The pair enjoyed fifty-eight happy years together before Gene's death on February 4, 2013.

She would later work as a nurse at Rhode Island Hospital, Boston City Hospital and at Waltham Hospital before becoming the school nurse at Watertown's Hosmer-East School.

True to the adage that 'God couldn't be everywhere . . . that's why He created mothers', Mary was also very active in the community. She was a longtime member and past president of the Waltham Women's Club and the Stigmatine Ladies Guild, vice-president of The Waltham-Watertown-Belmont Chapter of AARP, a charter member of the Women in Military Service to America, a member of Saint Mary's Mother's Club, was a co-chair of The Friends of the Reagle Players and was a member of the PFC John M. Sullivan USMC Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 10334 Auxiliary in Waltham. She'd also been a longtime volunteer at Waltham Hospital, the American Red Cross and at Saint Mary's Parish.

She leaves her children, Cmdr. Glenn M. Irvine USN (Ret.) (Marina) of San Diego, California, Keith T. Irvine (Mary) of Waltham, Eugene C. Irvine, Jr. (Joan) of Plymouth, Paul F. Irvine (Mary) of Franklin, Gregory J. Irvine (Diane) of Northborough and Robert W. Irvine (Lisa) of Waltham; her brothers and sisters, Thomas J. Lyons of Brighton, William F. Lyons of Michigan, Paul E. Lyons of South Boston, Frances T. Cucinotta of Norwood and Margaret E. Burns of Watertown; twelve grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was also a sister of the late John Kelley.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mary's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, October 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108 or online at