Mary Elizabeth (Walsh) O'Brien

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On December 27th, 2022, Mary Elizabeth (Walsh) O’Brien passed quietly into eternal life while surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of 59 years of the late William P. O’Brien.

She was a proud recipient of the penmanship award from the Archdiocese of Boston and a 1954 graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Mary worked at John Hancock Company for 27 years. Following her retirement, she shifted focus to her true calling caring for her grandchildren.

Although her illness stole her ability to speak, it could not take her charm or sense of humor. With an infectious laugh, Mary would light up the room. Quick with a joke and composing her own versions of nursery rhymes, she made it a point to make sure everyone felt welcome. A lifelong Roslindale resident, she was proud of all things Boston, especially her accent and her famous Irish Bread was loved by all.

A lifelong member of Sacred Heart, the Parish was the center of her faith and source of many friendships. Mary served in many roles and belonged to the Ladies’ Sodality and the Sacred Heart Go-Go Seniors.

Mary was a devoted mother of Bill (Lisa) of West Roxbury, Anne Marie of Roslindale, Paul (Diane Morrissey), Chris (Shelagh) of Milton and Michelle Davey (John) of Roslindale and loving grandmother of Billy (Elizabeth), Nora Kate, Jack, Ciara, Thomas, Bridget, Mairead, Braeden and Patrick. She also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She is predeceased by her parents Michael and Delia Walsh and brothers, Thomas, Dennis and Patrick.

Funeral Mass Tuesday January 3rd, 10:00am. at Sacred Heart Church, Roslindale. To live stream the Funeral Mass, go to Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, January 2nd from 4:00 – 8:00 at Gormley Funeral Home, 2055 Centre St., West Roxbury. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s name to Sacred Heart Church Memorial Fund, 169 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA 02131. Special thanks to Eileen Galvez and the nurses at Old Colony Hospice.
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