- March 30, 1924 - July 24, 2013
- Waltham, Massachusetts
of Mary's Passing
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“I remember walking to visit Mary and the family when I was in grade school. She was a super mom and welcomed all the neighborhood children with open...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Bouchie - Jensen Beach, FL
“I am so sorry for your loss. I remember well her kind words and actions when I was ill. She will be missed but will live on in the hearts of those...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: B. Sharon Spaulding - Fresno, CA
“I only met Aunt Mary once, but she left a wonderful impression on me that I'll carry with me always. She's a wonderful lady who insisted I had some...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Maureen Vaughan - Brentwood, TN
“The definition of lively: imparting spirit or vivacity. Aunt Mary was this as well as loving, giving, Irish, pretty darn funny and much much more. I...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Janet Fee - Nashua, NH - neice
“She was always so thoughtful, whether it was sending a card for a birthday, anniversary or calling to see how you made out at the doctors! She held...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Cynthia, Paul Gagnon - Acton, MA
“Great lady, dear friend to my Mom, great family. Many, many fond memories.
From childhood on Barbara Rd to visits when in town.
My heart is w/ you...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Rosanne Craig Short
Bill and I were so sorry to hear the news about your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. See you soon to give...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Carmen D'Agostino - Reston, VA
“John, Carol and all the extended Donovan family,
So sorry f or your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficut time and will say a prayer...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Dave Jones - Bowdoinham, ME
“Waltham Crossings friends of Mary's wish the entire Donovan/Gagnon family our deepest condolences. Mary was truly an incredible woman with an...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Clare Welch - Waltham, MA
“The world has lost one of its gems: true salt of the earth, and a character to boot.. One of my more recent memories of Aunt Mary was when she met...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Leslie Vaughan - family
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. May the many happy memories you all share be with you always.
12 of 15 | Posted by: Suzanne Chapman - Boston, MA
“When I think of Aunt Mary I always smile. I think of all the shared laughter. Her stories she would make up about people she saw wether it be on the...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: maureen vaughan - niece
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Mary's family. You all have been so wonderful to her and she was so proud of you all. I am very fortunate to...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Rosanne Craig - waltham, MA
“Kathy and all Donovan, Gagnon families I am so sorry to learn of Mary's passing. She was a lifelong and dear friend to my parents, especially my...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Liz Craig - Paris
Waltham – Mrs. Mary J. (Vaughan) (Donovan) Gagnon, of Waltham, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She was 89.
Mary was born in Brighton on March 30, 1924, the eldest of eight children born to Irish natives Michael and Mary (Dunleavy) Vaughan. She was raised in Somerville and married John F. Donovan, Jr. of Dorchester in May of 1948.
The couple lived in Somerville before moving to Waltham in 1955 where they raised their family. After the war and before her children were born Mary worked for a number of years for the New England Telephone Company. She had been a longtime member of Saint Jude Church and was a member of the parish Ladies Sodality.
Widowed in June, 1980 at the age of 56 Mary remained devoted to her children, to parish life and to being the matriarch of her large and close family. Eight years later she married widower Raymond L. Gagnon, also of Waltham, at Saint Jude's and the couple had fifteen happy years together before Ray's death in March, 2004.
Mary leaves her children, John F. Donovan and his wife, Carol, of Braintree, Michael J. Donovan and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Waltham, Paul J. Donovan and his wife, Barbara, of Marlborough, Kathleen M. LeBlanc and her husband, Robert, and Peg Biondo and her husband, Paul, all of Waltham; her stepchildren, Susan McGean and her husband, William, of Waltham, Patricia Ross of Quincy, Veronica Gagnon of Florida and Paul Gagnon and his wife, Cindy, of Acton; her grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, James, Karen, Thomas, Kevin, Megan, Katelyn, Shannon, Kelly, John, Kimberly, Matthew, Melissa and Nicole; her step-grandchildren, Gregory, Montana, Melissa, Megan, Karisa and Kyle; her great-grandchildren, Camille, Lila, Sadie, Avery, Charles, Joseph and Kelise; her brothers, Thomas Vaughan of Rye, New Hampshire, Joseph Vaughan of Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, Francis Vaughan of Arlington and Lawrence Vaughan of Nashua, New Hampshire and many nieces and nephews.
She was also a sister of the late John Vaughan, George Vaughan and Betty Passinisi.
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 Sunday, July 28th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.