Margaret M. (Cogan) McAvoy

April 30, 2008

Margaret M. (Cogan) McAvoy

MARGARET M. (COGAN) McAVOY – in Epsom, NH, formerly of Woburn, April 30th. Beloved wife of the late James F. McAvoy. Devoted mother of Jeanne Snyder of Hampton, NH, James F. McAvoy of Billerica and his wife Maryellen, Thomas J. McAvoy of Pembroke, NH, Timothy McAvoy and his wife Beth of Epsom, NH, Mary T. McAvoy of Rockport, and Susan King and her husband Stephen of Nashua, NH. Dear sister of the late Ralph, Joseph, and William Cogan, Theresa Driscoll, and Phyllis Spooner. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 6th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

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OBITUARY:

Margaret M. (Cogan) McAvoy, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away Wednesday, April 30th after a period of declining health. The beloved wife of the late James F. McAvoy, she was eighty-nine years of age. Born and raised in East Woburn, Margaret was the daughter of the late Patrick and Teresa (Cunningham) Cogan. A graduate of Woburn High School, she continued her education at the Choate Hospital Nursing School where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1938. Nursing was a perfect fit for Margaret as she had a caring and compassionate nature along with a warm smile and a wonderful sense of humor. While working as a young nurse at the Choate Hospital, Margaret met her husband, James, who was her patient and a serviceman at the time. They later married and shared forty-one years of devotion to one another until his death in 1983. Margaret and her husband, made their home in the Central Square section of Woburn where they raised their six children. She was a devoted and loving mother and later grandmother and great grandmother. While her husband was alive, they traveled extensively across the United States and Europe along with extended family.

Margaret was an avid Red Sox fan since the 1920’s when her mother would take her to Fenway Park and her love and support for her hometown team continued throughout her life. Also in the sporting realm, she was a longtime member of the Woburn Bowladrome League which brought her much enjoyment and an opportunity to make many dear and lasting friendships. Additionally, she loved gardening and worked tirelessly tending her beautiful flower gardens.

Margaret retired from her nursing profession in 1981. Her positive attitude and zest for life will live on for many years through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, James F. McAvoy, her siblings, Ralph, Joseph and Willliam Cogan, Theresa Driscoll and Phyllis Spooner.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Jeanne Snyder of Hampton, NH, James F. McAvoy of Billerica and his wife Maryellen, Thomas J. McAvoy of Pembroke, NH, Timothy McAvoy and his wife Beth of Epsom, NH, Mary T. McAvoy of Rockport and Susan King and her husband Stephen of Nashua, NH, ten grandchildren, Christine and Christopher Strong, Rocky and Dana Snyder, Scott and Donna McAvoy, Michele Daley, Rachel Ciechon, Timothy McAvoy, Jr., Kate Corbett, Matthew Bouchard, Patrick King, Jonathan King and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 6th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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  1. I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORY’S OF YOUR MOTHER IN THE RECOVERY ROOM OF THE CHOATE HOSPITAL. SHE TAUGHT ME ALOT OF THINGS ABOUT NURSING AND ABOUT LIFE IN GENERAL. I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT HER FREQUENTLY OVER THE YEARS. SHE ALSO TAUGHT ME ABOUT SAVING MONEY CUTTING COUPONS OUT! SHE WAS A GREAT PERSON I LEARNED ALOT FROM AND NOT JUST BECAUSE SHE WAS FROM EAST WOBURN WHERE MY FATHER WAS FROM!
    LOVE
    ALWAYS
    ELLEN(COAKLEY)SZETELA

  2. Susan & Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Find peace & comfort in your memories. She is in a better place, and with your Dad again.

    Ann Foley
    Scottsdale, AZ

  3. Dear Mary, I feel such sadness for you and your family, you have been a good friend to me and I hope you can feel some peace on your mother’s passing, no matter what the circumstances, it is always hard, with friendship . Martha Davey(vna care network)

  4. FROM REGINA KANE:
    OUR HEART DOES OUT TO MARY AND HER FAMILY.
    WE AT THE VNA CARE NETWORK HAVE HEARD MARY SPEAK OF HER MOTHER OFTEN,WITH MUCH LOVE.
    PLEASE ACCEPT OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES.

  5. To Mary and Family,
    I loved being with your mom when she was on Long Beach in Rockport. Such a warm, lovely woman. I also remember Susan’s Patrick when he was a baby. Even tho’ we have been gone since 1992, we did see you, Mary, the summer of 2002. Tim, Jessie, Lizzie and I all send our love and sympathy to you.

    Lots of love,
    Dianne Kidder(previous married name Robinson)

  6. Barbara Whitcomb

    To Jimmy,Mary Ellen and the McAvoy family. I am sorry for the loss of your mom. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  7. Jane Symms
    Margie was my “favorite aunt.” She had a kindness about her, and a great attitude for living and enjoying life. Her family was always the most important to her. My mother and Margie always enjoyed being together, and laughed like sisters do. I know that they are together now, Ed & Teresa, Margie and Jimmy……. I have a special place for you in my heart Margie, and thank you for the help that you gave me, when I needed it the most.

  8. Terry Driscoll

    I will miss Aunt “Margie” very much. I am so sad, but glad for her that she is at peace. I have such fond memories of her during my childhood in Woburn. The McAvoy family was and still is a very important part of my life.
    Margie was such a kind and humerous person and the best Aunt anyone could ever have.
    Her family was very important to her and she loved them very much.
    I can’t help but feel that my mother was there to welcome her in heaven.

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