Obituary of Patricia A. 'Patty' (Murphy) (Riga) Boutwell

PATRICIA A. “PATTY” (MURPHY) (RIGA) BOUTWELL - of Woburn, Thursday, December 21st, 2017, at 70 years of age surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Charles A. Boutwell. Loving mother of Cynthia (Riga) Ruggiero and her fiancé John Tenney of Marlboro, and Paul J. Riga of Woburn. Dear sister to the late James L. Murphy and Paul E. Murphy and surviving sisters-in-law Anna Marie Murphy, Joyce Davarich, Janice Pandolph and Donna Parker. Cherished Nana of Nicolas and Matthew Ruggiero of Marlboro. Very special aunt to Kathy Oliver, Kelly Sanchez, James L. Murphy, Jr., Jason P. Murphy, Kimberlee Johnson and Andrew Murphy. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 12th at 11 am in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Friday, January 12th from 9-10:45 am in the Funeral Home prior to the Memorial Service at 11. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in Patty’s honor to the Notre Dame Hospice, 555 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605.

Obituary

Patricia A. “Patty” (Murphy) (Riga) Boutwell, passed away on Thursday,December 21st, with her loving family at her side. The beloved wife of the late Charles A. Boutwell, she was seventy years of age.

Born in Somerville, and raised and educated in Woburn, Patty was one of three siblings born to the late James J. and Mildred A. (Cremins) Murphy. She graduated with the class of 1964, receiving her diploma. Once she finished high school, Patty started as a young girl working at the Woburn courthouse as a court secretary. In later years, she worked as an administrative professional at General Tire, GCA and Keystone Associates before retiring in 2008. She was an avid bowler, enjoying both day and night bowling leagues at the Brunswick Zone in Lowell. It was there that she met Charlie who she enjoyed many years with until his death in 2004.

Patty adored her children and especially her grandchildren. She was so proud and fortunate to see them grow up attending school, sports, graduation events. In addition, she enjoyed her yearly trip to Ogunquit, Maine with her best friends, seeing that sunrise was the best!

Patty was a devoted friend of Bill W. for 34 years. A gentle, kind soul, Patty will be remembered dearly by countless friends who with she shared her experience, strength and hope. She always had a kind word to say to lift people up and give them a reason to find something good in every day. She lived her life one day at a time, with unwavering gratitude. Despite her COPD and lung cancer, she beat the odds for many years with her strong will and positive attitude. Patty exemplified a quiet strength and her “power of example” will live on. We are all most fortunate to have known and loved her, she will be dearly missed.

Her family would like to express their deepest thanks to the team at Notre Dame Hospice of Worcester for their support and expert care during the last 10 months.

Sadly, in addition to her husband Charlie and her parents James and Mildred, Patty was pre-deceased by her brothers James L. and Paul E. Murphy, and her dear friend and mother-in-law Mary I. Riga.

Patty is lovingly survived by her children Cynthia (Riga) Ruggiero and her fiancé John Tenney of Marlboro, and Paul J. Riga of Woburn. Sisters-in-law, Anna Marie Murphy, Joyce Davarich, Janice Pandolph and Donna Parker. Cherished Nana of Nicolas and Matthew Ruggiero of Marlboro. Very special aunt to Kathy Oliver, Kelly Sanchez, James L. Murphy, Jr., Jason P. Murphy, Kimberlee Johnson and Andrew J. Murphy. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 12th at 11 am in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Friday, January 12th from 9-10:45 am in the Funeral Home prior to the Memorial Service at 11. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in Patty’s honor to the Notre Dame Hospice, 555 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.