Isabel A. (Garrity) Jenkins

March 23, 2015

Isabel A. (Garrity) Jenkins

ISABEL A. (GARRITY) JENKINS – of Woburn, Monday, March 23rd. Beloved wife of the late Alfred G. Jenkins. Devoted mother of Barbara A. Baker of Woburn, Janice M. Murphy and her late husband Michael of Wilmington, John E. Connolly, Jr. and his wife Michele of Malden, Daniel J. Connolly and his companion Carla Jacobs of FL, Ann Marie Linehan and her husband Mike of Woburn, and the late Francis J. Connolly. Dear sister of Eleanor Masotta and her husband Angelo of Woburn and the late Richard and George Garrity, Millie Dwyer, Dorothy Romaki, Sr. Alice Garrity, and Helen Mullen. Cherished “Nana” of eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, March 27th at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Isabel’s memory to the Courtney Quinno-Lynch Fund, c/o Rockland Trust, 275 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Isabel A. (Garrity) Jenkins passed away early Monday morning, March 23rd, at home surrounded by her family. The beloved wife of the late Alfred G. Jenkins, she was ninety-three years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn, Isabel was one of eight children of the late James and Isabel (Bigelow) Garrity. She attended Woburn schools, graduating from Woburn High School with the Class of 1940. She worked at the Decosta Sausage Company for twenty-five years, retiring at the age of sixty-five.

Isabel brought six wonderful children into the world whom she loved with all her heart. Always there for encouragement, love, and support, she was ever present in their lives. As a family they enjoyed many cookouts, holidays, and family gatherings, always having an excuse to get together and celebrate one thing or another. They also enjoyed jumping in the car and heading out to the beaches in Gloucester or going out for an ice cream. Mother’s Day breakfasts were looked forward to, just one of the many family events throughout the year. A close knit clan, Isabel’s family was ever present and important. As the family grew, Isabel was delighted at becoming “Nana Bingo” to her eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She relished in babysitting and boasted the fact of her large immediate family.

Isabel loved a good game of bingo and at the young age of ninety-one joined the Woburn Moose. She made many friends and always held court at the club. She never missed a trip to Foxwoods. She loved a good book and she enjoyed crocheting many beautiful afghans for her family.

A woman devoted to her faith and family, Isabel was a wonderful and happy woman who had no enemies and invited all to be part of her family. She will sadly be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, Isabel was predeceased by her son, Francis J. Connolly; her son-in-law, Michael Murphy; and her siblings, Richard and George Garrity, Millie Dwyer, Dorothy Romaki, Sr. Alice Garrity, and Helen Mullen.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Barbara A. Baker of Woburn, Janice M. Murphy of Wilmington, John E. Connolly, Jr. and his wife Michele of Malden, Daniel J. Connolly and his companion Carla Jacobs of FL, and Ann Marie Linehan and her husband Mike of Woburn; her sister, Eleanor Masotta and her husband Angelo of Woburn; and her eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, March 27th at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Isabel’s memory to the Courtney Quinno-Lynch Fund, c/o Rockland Trust, 275 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Dear Barbara & family,
    Not sure if you remember my Mom, Margaret “Sweetie” Bagley, but your Mom & her we’re friends years ago. My mom died in 1967, but I remember comming to your house to visit on Albany Street, and waving to the train crew as the train went by!
    I left Woburn years ago, and the first time I went back I drove by and saw your house was gone also! I had no clue how to find your Mom or any of you kids.
    I did find out through baptisml records that your Mom was my Godmother! I remember always being welcomed in her home and her laugh! What a great warm, jovial laugh! Something I still remember 48 years later. Sorry I could not find her to visit again, I’m sure she would have had the kettle on!
    My best to you and your family,
    Bernie Bagley
    Dallas, Texas

  2. Dear Barbara & Stacy , So sorry for your loss . Isa was one of the last real east woburners left , and she will be missed. Len Thomas

  3. Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Nana one time at bingo she was a sweetheart and such a joy to be around. Prayers to you and your family for your loss.
    Love,
    Tom & Margaret Loder

  4. Dear Janice,
    My deepest sympathies at the loss of your dear sweet mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless You
    Nancy

  5. Ann & Mike

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    Love, Steve O

  6. Without writing a book, I just wanted to say I feel truly blessed to be part of Nana’s family. Since way back when Ann Marie and Mike were young kids dating our families blended perfectly. We don’t use the words “In Laws” because we are instead “Family”. All the Jenkin’s, Connolly’s and Linehan’s. Nana was the best thing that ever happened to Chad and I. She was his first best friend. She thought him to walk, talk even pay hockey and shoot hoops. She was one of a kind. I love you Nana and always will. Thanks for letting me be your other daughter… Patty

  7. I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.
    I know you all will have many wonderful memories.

    Love Isabel Dwyer

  8. Dear Barbara & Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Isabel was one of the sweetest people I have ever met and it was a pleasure to know her.

    Marie Hill

  9. Dear Ann and Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless you All!

    Love,
    Kim Garrity & Family

  10. I am so very sad that you had to leave, you were such a sweet woman and always had that amazing smile. You ran circles around me at Foxwoods and I crashed and burned before you. Loved the times at Jack & Michelle’s with you and will miss that so very much. Keep smiling sweetheart, no more pain and smooth sailing ahead. Until we meet again, thank you for being such a wonderful person, I was lucky to have known you. Love Bonnie & Curtis

  11. Thinking of you and your entire family during this difficult time. Your time with your mom was clearly close and evident. Know that she is soaring with the angels and watching over all of you.

    Love,

    Sharon and Jack.

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