Obituary of Marion H. (Earle) Stearns

MARION H. (EARLE) STEARNS - of Mashpee, formerly of Woburn, May 7th at eighty five years of age. Beloved wife of Thomas W. Stearns. Loving mother of Debra Collins, her husband Thomas Collins Jr. of Beverly, Barry T. Stearns, his wife Roseann E. Feldeisen Stearns of Fitchburg, and Mark R. Stearns, his wife Debra D. Stearns of Goffstown, NH. Dear sister of Ellen L. Dunn of Mashpee, John W. Earle of Arlington, Marie E. Gostanian of E. Bridgewater, Paul Earle of Whitman, Theresa M. Valentine of Amesbury and the late Edmund T. Earle. Cherished "Nana" of Nathan and Joshua Collins, Maggie Gagnon, Ian J. Stearns, Matthew R. Stearns and the late Corey J. Stearns along with many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday May 11th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends may respectfully call at the Funeral Home, Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery, Bourne, MA, Friday, May 12th at 10:30 a.m. The family acknowledges the great care and support of the West Roxbury Acute Rehab team. Memorials may be made in Marion's memory to the VA Healthcare Boston, 1400 VFW Parkway #135, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

OBITUARY:

Marion H. (Earle) Stearns, formerly of Woburn and Mashpee, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Sunday, May 7th. The beloved wife of Thomas W. "Tom" Stearns, she was 85 years of age.

Born in Boston, Marion was the daughter of the late Edmund and Louisa (Beech) Earle. She attended Boston schools, graduating with the Class of 1949 from Roxbury Memorial High School. Following High School, Marion began a lifelong pursuit of providing for others. This began with her job at the Franklin Square House, a boarding house for women in need of food, shelter, and training, in the South End of Boston.

As a young woman, Marion shared many friends in and around the Boston area. One evening Marion planned to take a bus from Boston back to her home in Roxbury. She needed someone to meet her at the bus station to ensure she got home safely. Marion called upon a young gentleman by the name of Tom, who assured her, he would meet her and personally see to it that she arrived home safely. It was the start of a lifetime of devotion to each other. They never left each other’s side after that! It was the beginning of what would be a wonderful journey for over 65 years of complete and unconditional love. Marion and Tom loved being together, they were more than best friends, they were husband and wife. In sickness and health, they stood unconditionally by each other’s side.

Marion loved spending time with her family. If anyone ever had an issue or concern, they knew that they could turn to Marion, she was truly the matriarch of the family. She was very proud of her extended family and kept tabs on all her nieces and nephews lives. She could rattle off the names of all her great nieces and nephews which was no small task. When she wasn’t spending time with her family, Marion could be found in the garden tending her plants or in the kitchen, cooking up family favorites for dinner and topping it all off with something delicious she had baked for dessert.

Marion especially loved being “NANA” to her beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was pure joy for NANA to pitch in and help wherever she was needed. Babysitting, reading books, taking walks, attending games, recitals, anything “NANA” could do, she did! As they have grown, so has her very special relationship with each one of them individually.

In later years, Marion and Tom moved to Mashpee aka "the Cape" where they made their home for over fifteen years. Marion and Tom lived across the road from Ellen, Marion’s beloved big sister, and her husband John. They cherished this time. They very much enjoyed these years, participating in community groups and were very active in Christ the King Church.

Over the years, they also never lost contact with their dear friends from high school and always looked forward to their yearly gathering at Blue Water Resort on the Cape. They also spent many weeks in St. Maarten enjoying the warm weather.

Sadly, Marion was predeceased by her dear grandson Corey J. Stearns and her brother Edmund T. Earle.

Marion is lovingly survived by her beloved husband Tom, her children, Barry T. Stearns, his wife Roseann E. Feldeisen Stearns of Fitchburg, and Mark R. Stearns, his wife Debra D. Stearns of Goffstown, NH. Dear sister of Ellen L. Dunn of Mashpee, John W. Earle of Arlington, Marie E. Gostanian of E. Bridgewater, Paul Earle of Whitman, Theresa M. Valentine of Amesbury. Cherished "Nana" of Nathan and Joshua Collins, Maggie Gagnon, Ian J. Stearns, Matthew R. Stearns, along with many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday May 11th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends may respectfully call at the Funeral Home, Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery, Bourne, MA, Friday, May 12th at 10:30 a.m.

Marion's family wishes to acknowledges the wonderful care, compassion and support of the West Roxbury Acute Rehab Team. Memorials may be made in Marion's memory to the VA Healthcare Boston, 1400 VFW Parkway #135, West Roxbury, MA 02132.