Mary E. (McGowan) Byron

February 13, 2019

Mary E. (McGowan) Byron

Mary E. (McGowan) Byron –  in Woburn, February 13th at ninety-three years of age. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Lawrence R. Byron. Cherished mother of Maureen Fregeolle, her husband Gerard of ME. Ann Killilea, her late husband George of Woburn, Jane Lowell, her husband Peter of Maine and the late Lawrence R. Byron,III . Dear sister of Martha McDonough, her husband Thomas of Woburn and the late A. Loretto Lynch, Thomas and John McGowan. Loving grandmother of Dr. Kathleen Killilea, Amy Patrissi, Megan Richmond, Maura Agnelli, Robert Fregeolle, Shalen Lowell, Rowan Lowell, Hannah Byron. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and nine great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 23rd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Saturday morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass.   Remembrances may be made in  honor of Mary to the Gift Processing Ctr., VNA of Middlesex East/Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 41 Mall Road, Burlington,  MA 01805.

Mary E. (McGowan) Byron – a lifelong resident of Woburn and well-known Woburn school teacher, passed away peacefully, February 13th at ninety-three years of age.  She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Lawrence R. Byron.

Born and raised in Woburn, Mary was a daughter of the late Thomas and A. Loretto (Lafferty) McGowan. She was a graduate of Woburn High School, serving as Salutatorian of her graduating class in 1943. She then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Boston University in 1947.

After graduation,  Mary became a statistician for the New England Life Insurance Company in Boston, a position she held until she and “Ben” started their family. In 1964, she began teaching first and second grade at the Hurld School in Woburn. A woman of humility, infinite patience and kindness, Mary instilled a love of life-long learning in her students.

Despite her many academic and professional achievements,  Mary’s  greatest joy was being a devoted daughter, sister, wife, sister-in-law, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She provided wisdom and guidance to her children, and later to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  While she was a true lady, very humble, kind and gentle, she also possessed great strength of will and character. Mary had a serenity about her, enjoyed an inner peace and remained a devout Catholic. She saw the best in everyone and had a way of letting everyone feel they were the most important person in the world.

 Mary was completely devoted to her husband, “Ben”, with whom she traveled extensively throughout the world. They also spent a great deal of time at their home in York, Maine. The highlights of their life, however, were the moments they spent with their family.

Mary was also an accomplished seamstress, a wonderful cook and served as the architect for the Byron home in Woburn.

Mary is survived by and will be deeply missed by her children, Maureen Fregeolle, her husband Gerard of York, Maine, Ann Killilea, her late husband George of Woburn, Jane Lowell, her husband Peter of York,  Maine, Linda Byron of Andover and the late Lawrence R. Byron, III. She was the dear sister of Martha McDonough, her husband Thomas of Woburn and the late A. Loretto Lynch, Thomas and John McGowan. In addition, she was the loving grandmother of Dr. Kathleen Killilea, Amy Patrissi, Megan Richmond, Maura Agnelli, Robert Fregeolle, Shalen Lowell, Rowan Lowell, and Hannah Byron. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and nine great-grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 23rd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Saturday morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass.   Remembrances may be made in honor of Mary to the Gift Processing Ctr., VNA of Middlesex East/Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 41 Mall Road, Burlington,  MA 01805.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 23rd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11 a.m.Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Saturday morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass.   Remembrances may be made in  honor of Mary to the Gift Processing Ctr., VNA of Middlesex East/Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 41 Mall Road, Burlington,  MA 01805.

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  1. Mrs Byron was my 2nd grade teacher at the Hurld. She took me under her wing and helped me like no other teacher as done. When ever I saw her I’d always have a big hug for her and tell her I love you and you were my favorite teacher. RIP Mrs Bryon. Thank you so much for the memories. You were the BEST ❤️❤️

  2. Dianne Connor Carbone

    She was such a Lady. Beautiful, gracious, sweet, a treasure. Fond memories
    Dianne Connor Carbone

  3. Kathy Hayes Markis

    My condolences to the Byron family. Mrs. Byron was kind, patient and she always encouraged and nurtured her students.

  4. Grace (Reidy) Girotti

    God rest your soul, Mrs. Byron, and comfort your family. I never had you as a classroom teacher but always smiled and felt warmth in my heart when anyone brought up your name. Prayers and peace to your family.

  5. Such sad news.. my Deepest Sympathies to the entire Byron family.. I always said Mrs. Byron was my favorite teacher. She was so sweet and caring. loved all her students, and they loved her.. May she Rest In Peace. 😇🙏🏻

  6. So very sorry for your loss. I had Mrs. Byron when I attend the Hurld school in the early 80’s. She was a wonderful teacher and so kind.

  7. Billy Sullivan Jr and wife Mary

    My condolences to all the Byron family, Mary was a wonderful person. I am saddened to see another of my mother’s (Berenice Sullivan) “club”. They are all meeting up in heaven now.

    God Bless
    Billy Sullivan

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