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Mary E. (Walsh) Driscoll, age 91, of Milton, passed away peacefully at home on May 1st surrounded by her loving family. She was two days shy of her 92nd birthday.
Mary was born into an Irish immigrant family in New York City in 1931. Her family returned to Ireland when she was a year old. She was raised and educated in Ardfield, a village outside of Clonakilty, in County Cork, Ireland. At the age of 14, she was a nanny in Offaly and won several prizes and awards for her delicious Irish bread. At the age of 17, she moved to Boston and joined her sister Helen and brother Dick. She worked as a domestic worker in Boston and York, Maine during the summer.
She met her husband Nick, a fellow Irish immigrant, at a local dance at the Hibernia Hall on his birthday. They married in 1953 and happily raised a family of seven children together. They enjoyed wonderful times together with family and friends including their summers in the home they built together in Humarock.
After losing her husband at the age of 45, she continued to manage the family properties and was a landlady until the age of 82. Mary was a devoted mother, and enjoyed raising her family alongside her siblings and in-laws. She cherished her special relationship with her sister Helen. She loved all her nieces and nephews and found unique ways of making connections with so many of them.
Mary was a devout Catholic and attended mass daily at St. Gregory’s church. She was a member of the parish’s sodality group, the One in Christ prayer group and served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. She also supported many through her volunteer work at the Boston Home, as well as cancer and bereavement support groups.
Mary had a way of befriending people of all ages quickly, and had a large circle of friends. She stayed connected through a cup of tea after mass, a drop in visit, a card, phone call or text she sent via one of her children.
Mary is the beloved wife of the late Nicholas J. Driscoll. Adored mother of John Driscoll and his wife Donna of Milton, Marie Rothwell and her husband Brian of Weston, Eileen Galvin and her husband William of Brighton, Nicholas Driscoll Jr. and his wife Sheila of Marshfield, Kathy Tricca and her husband Anthony of Braintree, Timothy Driscoll of Duxbury, and Colleen Malloy and her husband Timothy of Milton. Sister of the late Helen McCarthy, Richard, Michael, and Edward Walsh. Also the cherished “Nana” of her grandchildren Mark, Jackie, Jillian, Shannon, Julia, Nicholas, Joseph, Jarrod, Bridget, Holly, Declan, Taidhg, Mary, Matthew and great grandchildren Sloane, Lucy, Charlie and Poppy. Mary loved her husband's family as well and will be missed by Mary Greene of Braintree, Michael and Margaret Holland of Hanover, Joseph and Mary Driscoll, Kathleen Hynes, and Michael and Ann Moran, all of Milton, and Patrick and Bernadette Driscoll of Dorchester.
Funeral Mass at St. Gregory Church, Dorchester Tuesday morning at 10 am. Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave, MILTON, Monday afternoon from 4-8 pm. Burial at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Home for Little Wanderers,10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.