Agatha M. ‘Gay’ (Palmer) Durkin

March 28, 2015

Agatha M. ‘Gay’ (Palmer) Durkin

AGATHA M. “GAY” (PALMER) DURKIN – of North Andover, formerly of Somerville and Woburn, Saturday, March 28th. Beloved wife of the late Richard J. “Dick” Durkin. Devoted mother of Michael E. Durkin and his wife Sharon of York, ME, Kathleen P. Fraser and her husband Chris of Georgetown, Sean P. Durkin and his wife Cyndie of RI, Christopher J. Durkin and his wife Lisa of Woburn, Eileen M. McLaughlin and her husband Mike of North Andover, Patrick R. Durkin and his wife Pam of Las Vegas, NV, and the late Elizabeth A. Durkin. Dear sister of the late Kathleen Snyder, James Palmer, and Mary Palmer. Cherished grandmother of Jason, Chris, and Lauren Durkin, Emily and Andrew Fraser, Aedan and Caroline Durkin, Matthew and Zachary Durkin, and Ava, Greylon, and Vivienne Durkin. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, April 1st at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made in Agatha’s memory to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

OBITUARY:

Agatha “Gay” M. (Palmer) Durkin born in Charlestown and a long-time resident of both Somerville (~40 years) and Woburn (~40 years), moved on from this world on Saturday, March 28th. She was 84 years old and surrounded by loved ones at Edgewood Retirement Community in N. Andover, where she had spent her last four years.

Agatha’s three siblings – Kathleen, James and Mary – were all born in Ireland. Her father, John Palmer, emigrated from Ireland in the mid-1920s for opportunity in America. Once he had established roots in the Boston area, her mother Elizabeth and the children came over and joined him. A few years later Agatha would become the first in her family to be born in the U.S.

As a child, Agatha’s innocent smile and pleasant disposition – traits that stayed with her until the end – earned her the nickname Gay. She grew up with the rosary and maintained a devotion to it all her life. Agatha graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1948.

Agatha married her husband Richard on May 19, 1962. When their Somerville home became a little crowded, the couple moved their ever-growing family to Woburn in the early 1970’s. It proved to be a great location to raise their seven children. Agatha and Richard were the epitome of both a loving couple and devoted parents during their 51+ years of marriage.

St. Barbara’s Catholic Church played an important role in Agatha’s life throughout her almost 40 years of residency in Woburn. She enjoyed reading mystery novels, spending time with and hearing all about her 12 grandchildren. Agatha also loved music & dancing and enjoyed summers on Cape Cod for a great many years with her family. An affectionate smile was the trademark of Agatha’s personality.

Agatha was sadly predeceased by her husband, Richard J. “Dick” Durkin; her daughter, Elizabeth A. Durkin; and her siblings, Kathleen Snyder, James Palmer, and Mary Palmer.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Michael E. Durkin and his wife Sharon of York, ME, Kathleen P. Fraser and her husband Chris of Georgetown, Sean P. Durkin and his wife Cyndie of RI, Christopher J. Durkin and his wife Lisa of Woburn, Eileen M. McLaughlin and her husband Mike of North Andover, and Patrick R. Durkin and his wife Pam of Las Vegas, NV; and her grandchildren, Jason, Chris, and Lauren Durkin, Emily and Andrew Fraser, Aedan and Caroline Durkin, Matthew and Zachary Durkin, and Ava, Greylon, and Vivienne Durkin.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, April 1st at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made in Agatha’s memory to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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  1. Mike and Family ~
    My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the many family memories provide some comfort in the days ahead.

    Debbie Kraft

  2. Mike, Sharon & family,
    So sorry to hear about your Mom. We are thinking of you in this difficult time. I’m sure she is looking down and smiling with pride at the family she loved so much.
    Patty & John Eaton and family

  3. What a beautiful difference one single life made. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time, God bless.

    Carmela and Jason

  4. Mike, Sharon and family,

    You’re in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Bruce, Colleen, Garrett and Deanna

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