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Mary Eleanor "Mae" Howard Fennessy
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1915
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 2012
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Mary Eleanor Howard Fennessy, 96, formerly of Lawrence and North Andover, MA, passed away peacefully with her daughter at her side on February 11, 2012, at the Halcyon House in Methuen. She passed away from natural causes after a brief period of declining health.

Mrs. Fennessy, known as Mae, was born in Lowell, MA to the late James Howard and Catherine Smith Howard on December 17, 1915. She graduated from the Sacred Heart Grammar School, Lowell High School and Burdett College in Boston. She worked at the Lowell Rubber Company before becoming the registrar at Wilfred Beauty Academy of Boston. She took great pride in her position at Wilfred Academy, and loved the daily commute to and from Boston on the train with her friends. She was a member of the League of Catholic Women, Seton Guild, and Children of Mary Sodality.

She married the late Patrick F. Fennessy in September of 1946 and shared 51 wonderful and exciting years of marriage raising their daughters, traveling and developing their summer seasonal business. Mae was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend always with a ready smile. She loved family gatherings, cooking, entertaining, reading, and most of all being a homemaker. He family was always her top priority. Upon moving to Lawrence, she became an active member of St. Patrick's Parish and the Holy Rosary Sodality. Mae was an exceptional role model to her two daughters. She was a kind, gentle, generous, pleasant, compassionate, and happy lady handling every situation with quiet strength, incredible grace, and great dignity.

In 1965, with their dear friends Leo and Gertrude Marcoux, they purchased and further developed the Hampton Beach Trailer Park in Hampton Beach, NH. Mae would beam when talking about "The Park". She loved every moment spent there. She was so very proud of their efforts, and often said how it allowed them to grow old gracefully and with purpose. She was actively involved with the business through the summer of 2008. While she enjoyed wintering in Flagler Beach, FL with her husband, she always looked forward to May when the park would open. Over the last two years her most favorite outings were Thursday trips to the park, then lunch with her daughter.

She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick, in 1997; her beloved daughter, the Honorable Eileen Patricia Fennessy in 2010; her brother, James Howard; sisters, brothers and sisters-in-law, K. Doris Reardon Sullivan, Frank Reardon, Daniel Sullivan, Constance and Paul Durkin, James and Annie Fennessy, William and Mary Fennessy, Jack and Madeline Fennessy, Catherine, Hanna, Mary, Dan, Ellen Fennessy, and lifelong friends and business partners, Leo and Gertrude Marcoux.

Mae is survived by her youngest and loving daughter, Mary Ellen Fennessy McDermott and her son-in-law, William McDermott; the grandson she so loved and adored, Patrick Fennessy McDermott; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Michael Marcoux.

The family is so very thankful for, and appreciative of the outstanding care, love, and support provided to Mae and her family during her stay by the dedicated staff of the Halcyon House. They would also like to thank the Merrimack Valley Hospice for their excellent care and support during her last two weeks.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 4-8:00 p.m. at the John Breen Funeral Home, 35 Merrimack Street, North Andover, MA. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael Church in North Andover, MA. Her burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury, MA.

Family links: 
  Patrick F Fennessy (____ - 1997)*
  Eileen Patricia Fennessy (1948 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Mary Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section 7 Lot 783 Grave 2A
Created by: Linda Moore
Record added: Sep 29, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117804183
Mary Eleanor Mae <i>Howard</i> Fennessy
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