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Mary F. (Daly) Byrne
  • Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.

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“Jay, Cindy and Diane - so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a very special lady. Memories as kids on Summit St. with her driving us...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Barbara (Landry) Kalafatis - MA

“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING THE FAMILY A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17 ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“Dear Jay and the Byrne's Family: Anne and I join in your sorrow at the passing of Mary. She was a good and kind soul with a good sense of humor. ...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jim & Anne Campbell - Northboro, MA

“To the Byrne familyMy sincere condolences on the loss of yourmother. My thoughts and prayers are with youMay God comfort and help you through...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Maria and George Ferreira

“I was shocked to return from my vacation to learn of this - my sincere condolences to Diane and the entire family. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Stephanie from Forge Hill

“To the Byrne family,My sincere sympathies to all of Mary's family. I worked with Mary many moons ago...We shared responsibilities at Reservoir, as...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Cynthia Flanagan - Marlborough, MA

“Our heartfelt sympathy to Jay, Cindy, Diane and your families. I'm so glad we got to know "Nana" through Megan and Ben. May memories of her always...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Margi & Stu Sandman - Sharon, MA


Waltham – Being a nurse means that you will see life begin and end . . . you will cry a lot . . . and you will laugh a lot. And you will never let your patients down.

That was the life that Mary Byrne led. She was a nurse for fifty plus years and she was really good at it. After graduating from Belmont High School in 1949 she went to Saint Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing in Brighton and became a registered nurse.

Her career began at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge before she took time off to raise her family. She went back to nursing at Reservoir Nursing Home in Waltham and at Emerson Nursing Home in Watertown. She was also the resident family and neighborhood caregiver.

Mrs. Mary F. (Daly) Byrne, of Waltham, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Forge Hill Senior Living in Franklin following a period of declining health. She was 85.

Mary was born in Boston on August 30, 1931, a daughter of the late James and Bridget (Shanahan) Daly, and had been a lifelong Belmont resident before her marriage in 1953 to Brighton native Edward L. Byrne. The couple lived in Watertown for a time before moving to Waltham fifty-six years ago.

Mary and Ed enjoyed twenty-five years together before Ed's death on August 9, 1978.

She leaves her children, James "Jay" Byrne and his wife, Linda, of Sharon, Cynthia A. Byrne of Waltham, and Diane Rohr and her husband, James, of Hudson; her grandchildren, Christine Ferreira, Stephanie Campbell, Kevin Byrne, Michael Rohr and Megan Sandman; her sisters, Catherine Riley of Newton and Margaret Dahill of Concord; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was also a sister of the late Eleanor Daly.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mary's life by gathering to visit at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25th in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, (Rte. 20), Waltham where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.