Melva M. (Nutile) Collins Mawn

August 15, 2003

MELVA M. (NUTILE) COLLINS MAWN – in Woburn, August 15th, beloved wife of Everett J. Mawn and the late Charles R. “Chick??? Collins. Devoted mother of Charles R. Collins, Jr. and his wife Mary of N. Reading, Peter D. Collins and his wife Jacqui of Woburn, Paul F. Collins and his wife Darlene of Burlington, and the late Stephen J. Collins; mother-in-law of Joan Collins of Woburn. Loving sister of Attilio Nutile of Woburn, Gilda Thyng of FL, Edna Gibbons of Malden, and the late Edmund, Alfred, Olivia, and Eugene Nutile, Isabel Wells, Anita Cerchione, Yole Romaine, Olga Meekins, and Josephine Hewes. Dear stepmother of Bonnie White, Barry, Paul, Joseph, and Barbara Mawn, Terri Taranto, and Debbie Hodges. Also survived by 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, August 19th, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Monday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Melva’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Melva Collins Mawn, a well-known local businesswoman, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, August 15th, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She was the beloved wife of Everett J. Mawn of Woburn, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles R. “Chick??? Collins, who died in 1988.

Born in Woburn eighty-five years ago, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Langone) Nutile. She graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1935.

In 1962 she founded a real estate sales company known as “Melva M. Collins, Realtor???, out of her home. Her business was later located for many years at the corner of Main Street and Mishawum Road. Her illustrious career in the real estate business continued through several decades. In 1974 she was named President of the Women’s Council of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. Her company became one of the first in New England to join joined Century 21 in 1977, and came to be known as Collins Realty, Inc. She was granted life membership in 1979 in the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and in 1980 was named President of the Eastern Middlesex Board of Realtors. She held the distinction of being named “Realtor of the Year??? in 1981, and in 1987 celebrated twenty-five years in business. At that time she received citations from the City of Woburn as well as the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Melva was involved in many civic and church committees throughout the years. When her children were young and involved in sports, she served as President of the Little League Auxiliary. She was a Charter member of the Woburn Development Corporation in 1980, and was very active with the Finance Committee of St. Charles Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles R. “Chick??? Collins, who passed away in 1988, her son, Stephen J. Collins, three brothers, Edmund, Alfred, and Eugene Nutile, and six sisters, Isabel Wells, Anita Cerchione, Yole Romaine, Olga Meekins, Josephine Hewes, and Olivia Nutile.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Everett Mawn, with whom she recently celebrated three years of marriage, are three sons, Charles R. Collins, Jr. and his wife Mary of North Reading, Peter D. Collins and his wife Jacqui of Woburn, and Paul F. Collins and his wife Darlene of Burlington, and her daughter-in-law, Joan Collins of Woburn; a brother, Attilio Nutile of Woburn, and two sisters, Gilda Thyng of Florida and Edna Gibbons of Malden.

She was the stepmother of Bonnie White, Paul, Barry, Barbara, and Joseph Mawn, Terri Taranto, and Debbie Hodges. Also surviving are twenty-one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, August 19th, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Melva’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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