Anne Marie (O’Malley) Beauchamp

June 22, 2018

Anne Marie (O’Malley) Beauchamp

Anne M. (O’Malley) Beauchamp, of Woburn, June 22nd.  Beloved wife of the late John  A. Beauchamp. Loving mother of Maureen Barnes, her husband Robert of Woburn, Kathleen Logan,  her husband Kent of NH, Debra Dadok, her husband Lou of CA, John Beauchamp, his partner Solome Kityo of Woburn, and the late Eileen Beauchamp.  Dear sister of the late John J. O’Malley, Eileen P. Schoepke,  Edward F. O’Malley, and Marian Comita. Her dear and devoted care givers, Augustine Kabaalu and Kiwanuka Swaibu both of Woburn. Cherished grandmother of Kelly Power, her husband Sean, Sean Barnes, Kaitlin Myerson, her husband Scott, Samantha and Christopher Dadok of CA, and Alexander Logan of NH.  Doting great grandmother of Lila, Aidan, and Casey Power. Please at the family’s request,  remembrances may be made in Anne’s honor to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Fund in honor of Dr. Brent Forester, Chief, Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478.  Checks made to McLean Hospital.  On line gifts at https://givemclean.partners.org/

 A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, JULY 7th at  8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham at 9.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Friday, JULY 6th, 3-8 p.m.

Fourteen and a half years after suffering a major hemorrhagic stroke, Anne Beauchamp of Woburn, MA, died on June 22, 2018 at her home in the loving care of her family and faithful aides. She was the wife of the late John A. Beauchamp.

Anne was born on August 23, 1931, the fourth of five children of her Irish immigrant parents, Annie and John O’Malley. She was raised in Reading, MA.

After graduating from St. Patrick High School in Stoneham, MA in 1949, Anne worked at the Schrafft Candy Company in Charlestown, MA, followed by work at the John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston.

In 1951, Anne met John (Johnny) Beauchamp from nearby Woburn at a dance. Johnny was a terrific dancer, and since they both loved to dance, a wonderful match was made.  On June 13, 1953, Anne and Johnny were married at Saint Agnes Church in Reading.

After their marriage, they moved into Johnny’s boyhood home in Woburn. In 1963, they moved across the street into a new house they built at 7 Marietta.  They remained in this home their entire lives, and over many years generously opened their home to numerous friends and family.

After staying home to raise her five children, Anne reentered the workforce. She spent thirty five years working for the City of Woburn, thirty years as the Clerk of Committees for the City Council.  In this role, she truly embodied the role of a public civil servant.  With patience and compassion, she helped and guided hundreds of people through the maze of local government bureaucracy.

Anne and her husband continued dancing throughout their marriage, often meeting up weekly with friends at local dinner dances. They also loved to travel and had a lot fun visiting the world on tours and family trips. 

Anne was very supportive of all her children’s activities, especially Woburn High School sports. She attended every game and would often be found on the sidelines recording the events with her trusty video camera. Her love of sports continued as a devoted Patriots’ fan and season ticket holder.

After her husband’s death in 1992, Anne continued to travel extensively and remained active. She was a founding member of the Middlesex Lions Club. 

Unfortunately, Anne suffered a stroke in 2003 and was forced to retire from work and most of her traveling. Despite significant disability, she heroically and cheerfully persevered and was able to experience many special family events.  Anne loved life and was an eternal optimist.  She was always laughing and smiling and was kind to all around her.  She was especially thankful for the support and care she received from her family, aides and caregivers.  She genuinely loved everyone she met and was loved in return.  In adversity, she showed us all how to live with grace.

Anne lived a life of faith. She followed in the footsteps of her parents as a devoted Catholic and embodied the church teachings of kindness, sympathy, prayerfulness and love.  In 2009, she made a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes in France, a place her mother visited in 1950.

There were particular organizations and people that made her post-stroke years meaningful and allowed her a robust quality of life. The Beauchamp Family would like to offer special thanks to: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, McLean Hospital Geriatric Psychiatry, Mass General Geriatrics, and Cooperative Elder Services in Burlington.

Anne is survived by her daughter Maureen and her husband Robert of Woburn, Kathleen and her husband Kent of Portsmouth, NH, Debra and her husband Lou of Los Altos, CA, and John and his companion, Solome Kityo of Woburn, MA; also 6 grandchildren: Kelly Power and her husband Sean, Sean Barnes, Kaitlin Myerson and her husband Scott, Samantha and Christopher Dadok and Alexander Logan; and 3 great-grandchildren, Lila, Aidan and Casey Power. She is also survived by her long-time aides, Augustine Kabaalu and Kiwa Swaibu.

In addition to her husband John, she was predeceased by her daughter Eileen and her 4 siblings: John Joseph O’Malley of Fredericksburg, TX, Eileen Schoepke of Norfolk, VA, Edward Francis O’Malley of LaGrange, IL, and Marion J. Comita of Winchester, MA.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 6th, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  The funeral will be held at Saturday, July 7 at 8 a.m. at Lynch Cantillon’s.  It will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial  celebrated at 9 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham.  Interment will follow at Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Woburn.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Anne’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Fund in honor of Dr. Brent Forester, Chief, Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478. Checks made payable to McLean Hospital. Online gifts can be made at https://givemclean.partners.org/

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, JULY 7th at  8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham at 9.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Friday, JULY 6th, 3-8 p.m.

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  1. Loretta Kenny

    I am so glad I was able to get to know your mom and meet all of you on several occasions during my visits to MA and on your visits to NY. Many good memories especially the time your mom visited NY with her sister Mal (RIP) and many other Beauchamp and Comita family members including her daughter Eileen (RIP). Your mom had such a positive attitude, always had a great big smile and was such an interesting person. It was a pleasure to know her. Deepest sympathy to all our cousins in the US from all your relatives in Co Mayo, Ireland and we thank you for being here for our family reunion. RIP dear Anne.

  2. Debbie Bondi O’Neill

    Maureen I am lost for words I remember your mom she was friends with my mom and I remember every time they saw each other they laugh about the old days it’s funny thinking back in those days life was hard but my mom and dad love dancing to glad we were friends in high school may mom Rest In Peace with dad in paradise god bless

  3. Joanie (Jannino) Galvin

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Anne was such a huge part of our family’s life. She was always so happy and fun. I’ll always cherish the memories we all have had with the Beauchamp family and the ski trips to the Chalet!! She will be sorely missed and you all are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry I could not come personally to tell you.
    Hugs to all much love, Joanie Jannino-Galvin and family

  4. Darlene Beauchamp Arias

    “My Special Auntie”
    I will miss our Sunday morning “Hair” time together. We had a lot of laughs and conversations that I will always cherish…Love You.

  5. Nancy Barnes & Debbie Plunkett

    Maureen an family.
    Your Mom was a very special Lady. So glad to have had the honor to know her. Love to all.

  6. Such a wonderful woman. She loved everybody. She raised wonderful children. So glad to have known her. RIP Anne.

  7. J. Kevin Maguire

    I will never forget the laughs we shared at the license commission meetings. Ann was the best clerk of committees ever!!
    The city has lost a truly wonderful lady!
    Your friend J. Kevin Maguire.

  8. Charles Culhane

    John and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Sandy Culhane

  9. Sandy Pender-Niemszyk

    Anne was a wonderful friend and great inspiration to me and my family. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Love you Anne and will miss you and your beautiful smile. ❤️

  10. Ma Beau, I will miss you for the rest of my days.
    You were one in a million! Your home was always open as was your heart.
    I was lucky to be part of your family.
    Say hi to Eileen.
    I love you. Until we meet again. ♥️

  11. Denise Frasca Barrett

    Dear John and family,
    I am sending prayers and loving thoughts to the Beauchamp family. Your mom was a wonderful lady. Blessings to all. She has gone home.
    Denise Frasca Barrett

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