Jean M. (Glavin) Matthews

May 8, 2008

Jean M. (Glavin) Matthews

JEAN M. (GLAVIN) MATTHEWS – in Wakefield, formerly of Framingham, May 8th. Beloved wife of the late James J. Matthews. Devoted mother of Mary Ellen Taylor and her husband Joseph of Pelham, NH, Karen J. Baker of Sudbury, and the late Ann Matthews. Dear sister of Richard Glavin of Weymouth and the late Thomas, John, and Arthur Glavin. Loving grandmother of James and Michelle Taylor, Michael and Tyler Baker, and Daniel MacDonald. Also survived by her dear cousin, Patricia Egan of Braintree, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, May 12th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Sunday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 990 LaGrange Street, West Roxbury.

OBITUARY:

Jean M. Matthews of Wakefield, a former longtime resident of Framingham, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, May 8th, following an extended illness. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Matthews, who died in 1964.

Born and raised in Boston, Jean was the daughter of the late Thomas and Florence (Albert) Glavin. She attended schools in Boston and, following her marriage, resided in Framingham where she raised her three daughters. Her husband died at an early age, and she devoted herself to the care of her family. In later years she was a wonderful help in caring for her grandchildren as well.

An enthusiastic dancer, she loved the jitterbug in particular. She and her brother Dick cleared the dance floor whenever there was a wedding or party as they attracted the attention of all the other guests. Jean was also an avid Bingo player.

Her upbeat attitude endeared her to the staff and residents of Greenwood Nursing Center in Wakefield, where she had made her home for the past five years. The staff was extremely kind to her, and she truly enjoyed the time she spent at Greenwood.

Along with her husband James, she was preceded in death by her daughter Ann, who died in 2003, and three brothers, Thomas, John and Arthur Glavin.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Ellen Taylor and her husband Joseph of Pelham, New Hampshire and Karen J. Baker of Sudbury, a brother, Richard Glavin of Weymouth, and five cherished grandchildren: James and Michelle Taylor, Michael and Tyler Baker, and Daniel MacDonald. She is also survived by her dear cousin, Patricia Egan of Braintree, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, May 12th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 990 LaGrange Street, West Roxbury.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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  1. Hi everyone,
    Auntie Jean IS so special to me…we had a wonderful bond! I will always remember how “tidy” her room was…you could bounce a quarter off of her bed. My fondest memory is how she comforted me at my father’s wake. She sat in the back with her arms around me telling me that he was in a better place. Even though I was very young and grieving, her words provided the solace I needed to get through! My thoughts & prayers are with you all! Love, Shannon

  2. Mary Ellen, Karen and the rest of the family:

    I was so saddened when my mom called me to tell me of Auntie Jean’s passing. I have been having many fond memories of time spent together. I will never forget the wonderful memories I have of our times spent up at the house on Lake Winnipesaukee!! Jean was a wonderful and loving person who will be dearly and lovingly missed. Wish I could fly home from Chicago, but know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers!!

    Love,
    Tim Egan

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