Grace C. “Girlie” (Craven) Marshall

August 26, 2007

Grace C. “Girlie” (Craven) Marshall

GRACE C. “GIRLIE” (CRAVEN) MARSHALL – in Woburn, August 26th. Beloved wife of the late Walter F. “Ted” Marshall. Devoted mother of Walter F. “Fred” Marshall III and his wife Dorothy of Reading, Marianne M. Flynn and her husband James of Woburn, Marlene E. McArdle and her husband Robert of Reading, Maura M. White and her husband Dennis of Woburn, Edward C. Marshall and his wife Therese of Falmouth, and Madelyn G. Farrell and her husband James of Woburn. Dear sister of Edward A. “Buddy” Craven and his wife Eleanor of Woburn. Loving grandmother of Gregory and Victoria Marshall, Meghan Nelson and Matthew McArdle, Vanessa, Marshall and Madison White, Alexandra, Mackenzie, and Annie Marshall, and Grace Farrell, and great-grandmother of Sadie White. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, August 29th at 10:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Marshall’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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OBITUARY:

Grace C. Marshall, affectionately known as “Girlie,” passed away peacefully at her home in Woburn Sunday morning, August 26th, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter F. “Ted” Marshall, who died in 2004.

Born in Woburn eighty-four years ago, “Girlie” was the daughter of the late Edward and Grace (Ross) Craven. She was a graduate of Woburn High School with the class of 1941, and completed an Associate’s Degree at Fisher Junior College. Prior to her marraige in 1946, she worked as a secretary for B&M Railroad.

Mrs. Marshall’s life was devoted to her family. She most loved being at home taking care of her children and later her grandchildren, to whom she was their beloved “Narnie.” An accomplished baker, she was famous for her cookies, known as “Narnie’s Cookies” to the many family members and friends who were privileged to taste them. Just two weeks ago she was delighted to be able to attend her granddaughter Meghan’s wedding.

In recent years, particularly after the loss of her husband Ted, Grace was very active with the Woburn Senior Center. She loved participating in crafts, exercises, and social events with her circle of friends there.

Surviving are her six children: Walter F. “Fred” Marshall III and his wife Dorothy of Reading, Marianne M. Flynn and her husband James of Woburn, Marlene E. McArdle and her husband Robert of Reading, Maura M. White and her husband Dennis of Woburn, Edward C. Marshall and his wife Therese of Falmouth, and Madelyn G. Farrell and her husband James of Woburn.

She was also the dear sister of Edward A. “Buddy” Craven and his wife Eleanor of Woburn, and loving grandmother of Gregory and Victoria Marshall, Meghan Nelson and Matthew McArdle, Vanessa, Marshall and Madison White, Alexandra, Mackenzie, and Annie Marshall, and Grace Farrell, and great-grandmother of Sadie White.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, August 29th at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Marshall’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. 24 June 2012

    Girle made a surprise appearance in my dream last night. She was every bit as beautiful as pictured here. I gave her a warm embrace. I am sad to have missed seeing her for so many years. The sound of her voice and beam of her smile warmed my heart and brought me tears. She was a lovely person, as was Ted. Her spirit endures.

    Your long ago neighbor with lasting fond memories, David Hanson

  2. Dear Marshall Family,
    Although we have been “family” for only a few weeks, I (Joanne) have know and loved your mom for a long time. She was such a great friend to my aunt and uncle as was your father. The loss is great but your memories are priceless. Take care of each other. Love, The Nelsons

  3. Mimi,
    your mother was such a lovely Lady – always with a smile on her face and kind word on her tongue. Surely, she will be missed dearly!
    Our prayers for your family that they may have the Peace she so graciously exhibited.
    Love, Michelle and Ron Dardeno

  4. Dear Marshall Cousins,

    I was so saddened to hear this news from Helen Frances.

    Please accept the condolences of the Connolly and Stark family. You all are in our hearts.

    We will miss Girlie.

    Love,

    Susan Connolly Stark and family

  5. Maura – I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing- she was always so kind to all of us. I remember fondly all the times Carol Liuzza and I were camped out in her kitchen. She sure was tolerent of us! I am sure she will be missed by your whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    fondly,
    Marcia Flahery Smith

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