Harriett A. (White) Farrey 

April 24, 2020

Harriett A. (White) Farrey 

Harriett A. (White) Farrey – of Woburn, April 24th, at seventy nine years of age.  Beloved wife of the late Thomas P. “Tom” Farrey.  Cherished mother of Kathleen Domenici, her husband Ronald of New Hampshire, Patrice McCarron, her husband David of Maine, and Captain Laura Deaton, USN, her husband Chad of South Carolina.  Devoted sister of Mary White of Woburn and the late Alfred White, and best friend of the late Alicia (Daley) Neal of Florida.  Loving grandmother of Casandra, Thomas, Charlie, Sam, Edwin and Anna. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 31st at 10 A.m. in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Donations in her memory can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave, Suite 1100N, Bethesda, MD 20814 in honor of her late nephew Ernie Conti. Arrangements are direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

Harriett A. (White) Farrey    of Woburn, died April 24th at Winchester Hospital from complications of Covid-19 at seventy nine years of age.  She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas P. “Tom” Farrey.

Born and raised in Woburn, Harriett was a daughter of the late Alfred and Edna (Crawford) White.  She was educated in Woburn and a graduate of St. Charles High School.

Harriett and her husband, Tom, each lost a parent at a very young age so they never took family for granted.  They brought three beautiful daughters into the world that they dedicated their life to.  Harriett was a proud, supportive and loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.

Harriett and Tom were devoted to their church, St. Anthony’s Parish, where together, they taught CCD, served as Eucharistic ministers and proudly raised their family in the Catholic faith.  Harriett’s love and dedication to her daughters was immense, and only grew stronger through the joy of her six grandchildren.

In her younger years, Harriett was mother not only to her own girls but was thought of as the “neighborhood mom” for many kids in her Lowell Street neighborhood.  Hers was the house where everyone gathered.  Over the years, she drove countless carpools around Woburn to church, sports and band practices in “the jeep”.  She would never miss four o’clock Mass at St Anthony’s on Saturday and she loved her Wednesday nights out with her best friend Alicia, ceramics and crocheting with her girl friends, and especially her Saturday night’s out with her beloved Tom.

One of her greatest joys was spending summers at her home in York Beach.  The beach house was a place for family and friends to gather, reconnect and enjoy the beauty of the Maine coast.  Over the years, the house came to be known as “Nana’s Beach House” and was the place for many family celebrations, both large and small, which always ended in late nights and nostalgia on the porch.  This was also when Nana was able to spend quality time with her grandchildren and she was often reprimanded by her daughters for being too silly and riling up the kids.

Harriett remained extremely close to her daughters over the years, particularly Kathleen, who lived closest to her, and with her sister Mary.  Harriett conquered a series of health issues over that last 15 years, which she fought through her sheer stubbornness and will to live.  She spent her last few years at Brightview Country Club Heights in Woburn.  Though she was deeply saddened to leave her home, she was grateful to remain independent and live life on her terms.  She was always grateful for the support of her family, and cherished her Saturday night dinners out with Kathie, Mary and her sister-in-law, Ann.

Harriett never lost her faith in God.  She gained tremendous strength from prayer and a strong belief that she always had a guardian angel watching over her to keep her safe.  Harriett was an incredibly special lady. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed. 

She was the cherished mother of Kathleen Domenici, her husband Ronald of New Hampshire, Patrice McCarron, her husband David of Maine, and Captain Laura Deaton, USN, her husband Chad of South Carolina. Devoted sister of Mary White of Woburn and the late Alfred White, and best friend of the late Alicia (Daley) Neal of Florida.  Loving grandmother of Casandra, Thomas, Charlie, Sam, Edwin and Anna and devoted best friend of the late Alicia (Daley) Neal.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 31st at 10 A.m. in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Donations in her memory can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave, Suite 1100N, Bethesda, MD 20814 in honor of her late nephew Ernie Conti. Arrangements are direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 31st at 10 A.m. in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Donations in her memory can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave, Suite 1100N, Bethesda, MD 20814 in honor of her late nephew Ernie Conti. Arrangements are direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

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  1. Patrice and the entire Farrey Family,
    I have many fond memories of your Mom and the time I spent with you all in York, ME. I am so sorry for your loss and wish you all peace and that your Mom is resting in God’s love with your Dad. I’ll remember you all in my prayers.
    With love,
    Denise (Leonard) Rosen

  2. Kathleen,Patrice Laura,Mary and families, So sorry to hear of your Mom,Sister and Nana’s passing . Harriett was truly a fun,kind,loving,wonderful person. Lots of fun and so many fond memories of growing up on Lowell St. Harriett will truly be missed. Lots of love, thoughts and prayers to you all. Donna (Kichton) Gentile

  3. Dear cousins,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mother and father’s wedding. The most beautiful bride. We will keep you in our prayers.

  4. Catherine Conti

    We loved your Mom. She was a very special person & we will miss her. Thank you soooo much for mentioning CF for the donations. That was so nice of all of you to remember Ernie at your time of grief. He was very close to all of you and your beloved mother Harriett. It really touched me and brought tears to my eyes. We will remember Harriett with happy memories. May she rest in peace.
    Love Cathy & Joe

  5. Joanne Hogan Ferreira

    Our deepest condolences to the Farrey family, from all of us Hogan’s from Wyman Street.

  6. Tracey "Jean" Hanley

    Kathleen, Patrice, and Laura-Your mother was so special to all of us “neighborhood kids,” and I will miss her dearly. She was a cheerleader to me and always celebrated my accomplishments (most notably by making me to go to my college graduation ;)). I have so many fond memories of the front porch at the beach. My thoughts are with you all and with Mary. Much love to all of you.

  7. To the Farrey family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you for loss of your Mom. I am so saddened to have heard this news. My condolences.

  8. Kathleen Canney

    I am so sorry to hear of harriett’s passing! She was a great lady. May god welcome her home.

  9. Siobhan Curran

    Patrice, Kathy, Laura, Mary, Anne, Catherine and all,

    I have so many fond memories from Lowell Street, the Beach and the entire Farrey family. I love you all and look forward to laughing and sharing our Harriet stories as we should when the time is right. Thinking of you all. Love, Shibby

  10. Holly GALLIVAN, MD

    I am devastated to hear of Harriett’s passing. She was a force, and I will miss her. She loved her family fiercely!

  11. Maureen O’Rourke King

    Dear Kathy, Patrice, Laura & Mary,
    I am so saddened at this news. Your mom and dad were so very special and impacted my life in ways that I could never express. I loved them both very much & they will be forever in my prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and most sincere condolences to all your family! XO

  12. Marie A Anderson

    Harriet was a classmate at St. Charles – class of 1958. I have many fond memories of our years and times together. Even at our yearly class reunions. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Farrey family and her sister Mary

  13. Marie A Anderson

    Harriet was a classmate at St. Charles. We graduated in 1958. I have many happy memories of the years and times with Harriet – even at our yearly class reunions. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Farrey family and her sister Mary.

  14. Mary,Kathleen,Patrice,Laura and Familys~~
    Sorry to hear that Harriet has left us, we had
    an awesome neighborhood of yesteryears, so
    much fun for her and I watch our children grow
    laugh fun and be joyful, you all will always be
    in my thoughts and prayers, RIP Harriet~~Ruthie

  15. Nancy and Leo Pineau

    Kathy, Patrice, Laura and Mary,
    We were so saddened to hear of Harriette’s passing. She was one of the most amazing people we knew. She was tested so many times in life and never complained. One of the strongest also, although she would never agree.
    My heart is broken for you all. I have so many happy memories with her. I am sorry for the times we are going though that make it impossible to be with you all at this difficult time. I will be in touch and hope that your happy memories will bring you comfort. And there are a lot of them!
    With Much Love,
    Leo and Nancy

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