Mary C. (McElhiney) Brown

January 18, 2020

Mary C. (McElhiney) Brown

Mary C. (McElhiney) Brown – a lifelong resident of Woburn, died peacefully, Sat. January 18th at the age of one hundred. Beloved wife of the late Robert J. Brown. Devoted mother of Nancy Brown of ME, Betsy Harper, her husband Donald of Hamilton, Robert Brown, his wife Jane of Woburn, Suzanne Brown of Medford, David Brown of Woburn and the late Capt. Paul Brown USN, his wife Carolann of RI. Cherished grandmother of Allyson Kenney, Michael Brown, Lee Gaudreau-Vargas, Evan Gaudreau, Lauren Hunt and Kristen Cocce. Loving great-grandmother of ten and dear sister of the late William, Leo, Joseph and James McElhiney, and Patricia Reil and Dorothy Sweeney. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Wednesday, January 22nd, in the Funeral Home, 4-7 p.m. Although Mary loved flowers, we all know that there are many people in need of assistance.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name can be made at Catholic Charities at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

Mary C. (McElhiney) Brown, a lifelong Woburn resident, died peacefully on Saturday, January 18, at the Aberjona Nursing Center, where she had been a resident for over four years.  Mary celebrated her 100th birthday last August.  She was the loving wife of Robert J. (Bob) Brown and they made their home of over 65 years in the Central Square area, where they raised their six children.

Born in the South End and educated at Saint Charles Borromeo School, Mary was the oldest child of the late Winifred (Winnie) and James (Jimmy) McElhiney. Both of her parents were very active and popular figures in the Woburn community. Mary was joined by six siblings – Dorothy, Jimmy, Leo, Billy, Joe and Patricia.

She married Bob Brown, a Stoneham native, in 1943, at the chapel of Fort Knox, Kentucky, where Bob was stationed awaiting orders to deploy to France. Their first daughter, Nancy, was born in 1944.  Nancy didn’t “meet” her father until she was 18 months old.

After the war, family life in Woburn took precedence and Nancy was joined by five more siblings – including twins!  Mary and Bob enjoyed their summer vacations at Hampton Beach, where they were never far away from their Woburn friends – of which they had many.  Nothing gave them more pleasure than their weekly card games with friends on Saturday night.

Mary was a talented and self-taught pianist and, like her mother, happily played at family parties.  In later years she loved to garden and was happiest when decorating her yard with flowers.

She had a deep and devout faith and was an active parishioner at St. Charles Church her whole life. She was always happiest when she was at family gatherings with her own siblings and her children and grandchildren.  Mary left a legacy that will be deeply missed and never forgotten by those who knew her.

Devoted mother of Nancy Brown of South Portland, Maine; Betsy Harper and husband Donald Harper of Hamilton; Robert Brown and wife Jane Sciascia of Woburn; David Brown of Woburn; Suzanne Brown of Medford; the late Capt. Paul Brown, USN, and wife Carolann Doherty of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Cherished grandmother of Allyson Kenney, Michael Brown, Lee Gaudreau-Vargas, Evan Gaudreau, Lauren Hunt and Kristen Cocce.  Loving great-grandmother of ten.  Dear sister of the late William, Leo, Joseph and James McElhiney and Patricia Reil and Dorothy Sweeney.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Wednesday, January 22nd, in the Funeral Home, 4-7 p.m. Although Mary loved flowers, we all know that there are many people in need of assistance.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name can be made at Catholic Charities at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Wednesday, January 22nd, in the Funeral Home, 4-7 p.m. Although Mary loved flowers, we all know that there are many people in need of assistance.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name can be made at Catholic Charities at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

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  1. US Commissioner Joe Connolly

    Your mother was a good pal of my mother and I always enjoyed seeing her in church on trips home, or when I’d meet Nancy. May she rest in peace; I remember her in my prayers.
    Joe Connolly
    NYC

  2. Dave, so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She lived a full life for sure. I know it’s a time of sadness for sure, but it will soon be replaced by all the great memories you have and the smiles will return

  3. Marylyn Sweeney Howe

    Dear Brown cousins,
    She was the oldest and the last and definitely the sweetest of the McElhineys of Hudson St. Your Dad and Paul, Nana, Pa, Leo and all her sibs are guiding her new path into the arms of our Lord. Slainte, Aunt Mary. XOXO

  4. Paul Harrington

    Bob and Family

    Remembering your wonderful mother and wishing you comfort.

    God Bless,

    Paul and Rita Harrington

  5. To the Brown Family
    Your mother was a beautiful lady. I am sure my mother was there to greet her. We are so sorry we can’t attend her services as we are in Fl.
    Love & prayers Bonnie(Mawn) & Family

  6. Charles Culhane

    Brown, McElhiney,and families,

    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,

    The Culhanes

  7. Robert H Mc Donough Jr

    Bob, Jane and family;

    I’m saddened to hear of your mother’s passing; you are in my prayers during this difficult time

    Robert H Mc Donough Jr
    Woburn

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