Lillian B. (Rockwood) Garvey

July 1, 2015

Lillian B. (Rockwood) Garvey

LILLIAN B. (ROCKWOOD) GARVEY – of Woburn, Wednesday, July 1st. Beloved wife of the late Ralph L. Garvey, Sr. Devoted mother of Jan E. Condon and her husband Scott of ME, Robert L. Garvey and his girlfriend Anne Cantillon of NH, Donald E. Garvey and his wife Evelyn of NC, Stephen R. Garvey and his wife Arlene of North Reading, David A. Garvey and his wife Christine Martinelli-Garvey of Marlborough, Joyce P. Niles and her boyfriend Craig Acker of ME, Joan M. Lally and her husband John of Woburn, Jeanne M. Garvey and her boyfriend David Malvik of NH, Jacqueline A. Leppzer and her husband Ted of NH, and the late Ralph L. Garvey. Mother-in-law of Marylee Garvey of Woburn. Dear sister of Jeannette Hixenbaugh of FL and the late Wilfred, Eugene, Gerald, and Eleanor Rockwood. Cherished “Grandma Lil” of twenty-four grandchildren and “Gigi” of eleven great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, July 7th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in Lillian’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or Mass. Lions Eye Research, P.O. Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742.

OBITUARY:

Lillian B. (Rockwood) Garvey passed away Wednesday, July 1st at Monarch Homes in Woburn. The beloved wife of the late Ralph L. Garvey, Sr., she was ninety-one years of age.

Born and raised in Somerville, Lillian was one of six children of the late Arthur and Blanche (DeLorme) Rockwood. She attended Somerville Schools and graduated from Somerville High School with the Class of 1942. Following high school, Lillian worked as an assembler of airplane wings with a de-icing component during the war.

Later, Lillian began working for the Railroad and it was there that a male coworker asked the girls in the office to write to his friends stationed overseas. She picked a name out of a hat and got Ralph Garvey and they became pen pals. From their letters, their love blossomed. When Ralph returned from the war the two dated for a few years and married in 1946. They lived in Somerville for a few years before deciding to make their home in Woburn. They brought ten children into the world to whom they were devoted. As a family they enjoyed many happy summers together at Long Lake in Harrison, Maine. Having a large family, Lillian stayed at home to raise them and always enjoyed every second of it. She absolutely loved being a mom and always saw the good and humor in all of them. When all of her children were in school, Lillian busied herself at Borders Books. As the family grew, Lillian was delighted to become “Grandma Lil” to her twenty-four grandchildren and later, “Gigi” to her twelve great-grandchildren.

Lillian loved to read and crochet. You could also often find her walking about town. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Sodalities. Always the busy bee, Lillian began working at Xerox as a microfilmer where she made many friends and they always managed to have lots of fun together.

A woman of great strength, love, and hard work, Lillian lived a lovingly devoted life for ninety-one years amongst her beloved family.

In addition to her parents, Lillian was predeceased by her husband, Ralph L. Garvey, Sr.; her son, Ralph L. Garvey, Jr.; her grandson, Christopher M. Hess; her great-grandson, Derek J. Heos; and her siblings, Wilfred, Eugene, Gerald, and Eleanor Rockwood.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Jan E. Condon and her husband Scott of ME, Robert L. Garvey and his girlfriend Anne Cantillon of NH, Donald E. Garvey and his wife Evelyn of NC, Stephen R. Garvey and his wife Arlene of North Reading, David A. Garvey and his wife Christine Martinelli-Garvey of Marlborough, Joyce P. Niles and her boyfriend Craig Acker of ME, Joan M. Lally and her husband John of Woburn, Jeanne M. Garvey and her boyfriend David Malvik of NH, and Jacqueline A. Leppzer and her husband Ted of NH; her daughter-in-law, Marylee Garvey of Woburn; her sister, Jeannette Hixenbaugh of FL; twenty-three grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, July 7th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in Lillian’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or Mass. Lions Eye Research, P.O. Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742.

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  1. Sorry to hear about Grandma Lil’s death. She was a such a strong woman to keep her large family together and caring for each other through the years. Love to all the family, Sharon

  2. Every time we take a walk and have a talk we will think of you. Your joy of life will be remembered with laughter thru our tears. Thank you.
    We will miss you forever.
    love, Arlene

  3. Garvey FAMILY, sorry for your loss. I remember her from my childhood. May she rest in peace.
    Ellen (Coakley) Szetela

  4. Kay and Steve Driver, Hudson, NC

    We are friends of Don and Evelyn. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. She had to be a great lady and mother to raise a son as great as Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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