CLEARY, Mary E. (Howard)- Of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully on April 27th surrounded by her loving family Devoted wife for 35 years to the late Edward J. Cleary. Beloved mother of Jean Kelly, Lt. Col. USAF, retired and her husband Charles, Maj. USAF retired of Lynn Haven, FL, Edward Cleary and his wife Mary of Brockton, Judith Moffatt and her husband Richard of Wilmington, Richard Cleary and his wife Sandra of Danvers and Mary Ellen Pothier and her husband Paul of Wilmington. Sister of the late Eleanor Ruelle and David Howard. Cherished grandmother of Richard Moffatt and his companion Laura, Tracy Moffatt and her Fiance Eric, Meaghan Kelly, Bryan Cleary and his fiancee Jamie, Joseph Moffatt and his wife Nicole, Patrick Kelly and his fiancee Alexa, Matthew Cleary and his wife Kayce, Lauren Cleary and her companion Phill, Edward Cleary and his fiancee Matthew, Emily Pothier, Stephen Cleary and his fiancee Ashley and Daniel Pothier. Also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Alexis Moffatt, Olivia Moffatt, Skylar Cleary, Cooper Kendrick and Kiley Moffatt as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) MALDEN on Thursday, May 2 at 9 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, 770 Salem St., Malden at 10 AM. Visiting Hours in the Carroll Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-8 PM. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Mary was born in Malden on December 19, 1928 to Anna and David Howard and shared a wonderful childhood with her siblings, Eleanor and David. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School in 1946 and continued her education at Wyndham secretarial school, graduating in 1947. Mary worked as a medical secretary for many years at an oral surgery practice in Medford. In 1953, Mary married Edward Cleary and they resided in Malden with their five children. Mary and Edward were married for 35 years before Edward passed away in 1989. Mary moved to Wilmington in 2002 to be closer to her daughters Mary Ellen and Judy.
Mary's many loves included shopping, gambling and donating money Publishers Clearing House (proud member since 1969) Mary's greatest joy in life, however was spending time with her family. Mary was a faithful Catholic and attended almost daily mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Wilmington.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105