Eleanor M. (Garvey) Crowley

October 19, 2006

Eleanor M. (Garvey) Crowley

Eleanor M. (Garvey) Beatty Crowley, in Woburn, Thursday, October 19th, devoted mother of Maureen Perkins and her husband Fred of NH, Mary Ellen Valeri and her husband Richard of Lynn, Marion “Betsy??? Dora of Woburn, Larry Crowley and his wife Diane of Winchester, Doug Crowley and his wife Joanna of Reading, Barbara Crowley and Ray Ostroski, Jim Crowley and his spouse Ron Viola, all of Billerica. Dear sister Dorothy Schmitz of Medford, Helen O’Reilly of Woburn and the late John, Kenneth, William and Marion Garvey, Barbara Lapper and Shirley Ryan. Loving grandmother of eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, October 24th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations may be made in Eleanor’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 SPeen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

OBITUARY:

Eleanor M. (Garvey) Beatty Crowley, a lifelong resident of South End of Woburn, passed away Thursday evening at Winchester Hospital at the age of eighty-five. Born in Woburn, Eleanor was the daughter of the late John and Nelli (Deveau) Garvey. Educated in the Woburn Public Schools, she was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of ’36. As a young woman, Eleanor had the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings after their parents passed away. That gentle, loving care she provided her siblings was later given to her seven children to whom she devoted her life. She often went without to provide the best for them. In addition to keeping a spotlessly clean home, Eleanor was wonderful cook. Her kitchen was always a hub of activity as she kept an open door policy for family and friends to enjoy her cuisine, especially her delicious pies . During the summer months she would bake cakes for the lifeguards at Horn Pond, where her family would often picnic. Traditions were many in the Crowley household and Sunday spaghetti dinners were especially memorable. Throughout her life, Eleanor exemplified an unselfishness that extended beyond her family to her friends and residents in the Woburn community.

Eleanor was a longtime parishioner in the Immaculate Conception Church , Winchester.

Eleanor was predeceased by her siblings John, Kenneth, William and Marion Garvey, Barbara Lapper and Shirley Ryan.

She is survived by her children, Maureen Perkins and her husband Fred of NH, Mary Ellen Valeri and her husband Richard of Lynn, Marion “Betsy??? Dora of Woburn, Larry Crowley and his wife Diane of Winchester, Doug Crowley and his wife Joanna of Reading, Barbara Crowley and Ray Ostroski, Jim Crowley and his spouse Ron Viola, all of Billerica, her sisters Dorothy Schmitz of Medford and Helen O’Reilly of Woburn, eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, October 24th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations may be made in Eleanor’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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  1. Mom was deeply loved and we miss her greatly. She is buried with her sister Barbara under a large oak tree in Wilmington.

    Thank you to everyone who came to pay their last respects to Mom and our family. Thank you for the flowers, cards and emails also.

  2. Mike O’Donnell
    On behalf of our late mother, Marie E (Howe) O’Donnell, daughter of Grace (DeVeau) Howe, I wish to extend the condolences of myself, as well as my brothers Joe, Rick, Bob and Pat.

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