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Mary T. (Kiggins) Achorn
January 15, 1922 ~ October 28, 2022 (age 100) 100 Years Old
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Mary was born at Kelly’s Cross, Prince Edward Island, Canada on January 15, 1922. She moved to
Cambridge, MA as a young child with her family and spent summers on PEI with her grandparents.
Mary graduated from Cambridge High & Latin (1940), she went on to Mount Auburn School of Nursing
(1943). She joined the U.S. Army as a nurse during WWII, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
Daughter of the late Mark and Katherine (Wilson) Kiggins; beloved wife of the late Howard J. Achorn.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved daughter Ruth S. Achorn.
Mother of (Mary) Kathy Achorn of Tampa FL, Janet R. and her husband Bruce Trumble of Watertown,
Paul J. Achorn of Belmont, Mark W. and his wife Elizabeth of Winchester, and Teresa A. and her husband
Michael Kelly of Milton.
Grandmother of Julia and Rebecca Trumble, Travis and Suzanne Achorn, and Sean, Allison, and Liam
Kelly. Future grandmother-in-law to Padraig Calnan (Julia), Adam Flott (Rebecca), Alex Holtzberg
(Travis), and Haley Evans (Sean).
Sister of the late first Lt. Owen V. Kiggins KIA WWII 1944, George V. Kiggins, Bernard A. Kiggins, Marian (Achorn) and Harold Butler and Francis (Bud) and Rose Achorn.
Beloved aunt of Ruthann Taylor, Jack Butler, Joanne Maguire, Susan Bruce, and Richard Kiggins, and
many cherished grandnieces and nephews.
Special friend of Denise Kenneally, Cpt. E. Luke (U.S. Air Force), his wife Ali, and their son E. Jasper
Glinski, and Cpt. Denis Glinski (U.S. Army).
Special friend of Julie and Jorda Peterson, and many friends in the Boston and Tampa areas.
Special thanks for the loving care from VA of Bedford, Home Base Primary Care, BI Lahey, Mount Auburn
Hospice, Sr. Helpers Boston and Arosa Home, and a very special appreciation to Lucy.
In Mary’s early career she worked in public health as a visiting nurse and as a private duty nurse. Mary
was selected as one of the first Intensive Care Unit nurses to work with Dr. Dwight Harkin, in the newly
established Cardiac ICU. She continued her nursing career at Holy Ghost/Youville Hospital in Cambridge
as a night supervisor. She was also an evening supervisor for many years at Sancta Maria Hospital.
Mary was a mentor to many throughout her career in nursing and retired from Youville Hospital after 20
years of service. At that point, Mary began her second career and true passion, caring for her
-Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Waverly Post 1272 (Belmont, MA)
o President 1984-85
-American Legion 10 years
-Catholic Daughters of the Americas - Court Our Lady of Presentation #1543 (Brighton, MA)
-Mount Auburn Hospital Nurses’ Alumni (Cambridge, MA)
-The Women’s War Memorial (Washington D.C.)
In lieu of flowers, donations can me made in Mary's memory to The Catholic TV Network.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 3pm to 7pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agatha's Church in Milton on Friday morning at 10.