Obituary of Mary E. (Farrell) Nagle

MARY ELIZABETH NAGLE – age 93, in Peabody, on Thursday, February 16th. Beloved mother of the late Mary E. (Nagle) Jamal and her husband, Mustapha, of Santa Rosa, CA, James B. Nagle and his wife, Rebecca, of Gloucester, Francis J. Nagle, Jr. and his wife, Min, of Menlo Park, CA, and Patricia A. (Nagle) Akerley of Burlington. Dear sister of the late Alice Doherty, James Farrell and Thomas Farrell. Cherished grandmother of Brendan and Alison Nagle, Emma and James Nagle, Julia and Jenan Jamal and Olivia, Jacqueline, Caroline and Thomas Akerley. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. All services are private. Memorial mass at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Stoneham on Tuesday, February 28th at 10 a.m. Internment immediately follows at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Nagle’s memory to the Care One Activity Center Fund c/o Donnamarie Skelton, 199 Andover Street, Peabody, MA 01960.

Obituary –

Mary E. Nagle, a long-time resident of Woburn, and Reading passed away on Thursday morning at Care One in Peabody. She had just recently celebrated her 93rd birthday. Born in Boston on January 30, 1924, Mary was the daughter of James Farrell and Mary (Carey) Farrell. She was the second youngest of four children, spending her early years Billerica before her parents moved the Farrell family to Somerville. Mary graduated from Somerville High School in 1941, and later she earned a teaching certificate in adult education from the University of Massachusetts at Fitchburg. An immensely talented seamstress, Mary founded Mary Elizabeth’s Bridals in the late ‘60s, eventually opening a storefront on Main Street in Reading, from which she ran the business for 20-plus years.

Throughout the years, Mary’s personalized approach to helping hundreds of young brides select and design their wedding gown to their desired specifications set her apart. Indeed, after retiring, it was not at all unusual for Mary to bump into one of her many brides and warmly reminisce about their shared experience. Above all else, Mary placed family and friends first, wanting nothing more than to spend quality spend time with those closest to her. She is survived by her sons, James and Francis, and daughter Patricia, and she leaves behind a host of relatives and friends in the Boston Area and San Francisco Bay Area who came to know and love her as their own. In addition to her parents, her brothers and sister and her daughter, Mary is predeceased by her ex-husband Francis J. Nagle. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. At the family's request all services will be private.