Grace E. (Cocozella) Matthews, retired administrative assistant for the town of Braintree in the Personnel Department, entered eternal life at South Shore Hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Grace was the beloved wife of the late Paul Leo Matthews. She is survived by her loving son, Joseph Leo Matthews of Braintree. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Eosue) Cocozella; and the last surviving member of her family. Grace was sister of the late Cosam (Coke) formerly of Washington, D.C. and Arizona, Anthony formerly of North Falmouth, Erman (Emmie) formerly of Holbrook and Phyllis McPhee formerly of Braintree. She is survived by her nephews, John P. McPhee, Ph.D. of Quincy and Stephen J. McPhee, M.D. of San Francisco, Calif.; and a sister-in-law Mary Cocozella of Holbrook. She was also sister-in-law to the late John Melvin McPhee of Braintree. Grace attended Braintree schools and was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1943. Later Grace attended Quincy Junior College and took night courses required by the state of Massachusetts to become a certified State Nursery School Teacher. She worked as a nursery school teacher for sixteen years while her son was attending school. Her most recent secretarial experience included six years in the Personnel Office as an administrative assistant for the town of Braintree from which retired in 1990. Previously she had also worked as a secretary for the Howard Johnson Company Executive Offices (outdoor advertising department) for five years. After her retirement Grace remained active as the recording secretary for the Assessors Department at Braintree Town Hall and also for the Council on Aging Board Meetings. Grace was active in town affairs and was a town meeting member representing Precinct 8 for many years. She was an active member of Saint Francis of Assisi Church where she also served as a eucharistic minister and was part of the office staff working one day a week for twelve years. She belonged to Saint Marys Seniors in West Quincy, St. Johns Seniors of Quincy and Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Local Chapter 1859. Grace loved the beach, ballroom dancing and especially loved her home. Visiting hours will be at the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington Street, Braintree, Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a gathering at the funeral home Friday, Oct. 11, at 9:30 a.m. to be followed by a funeral Mass in the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, South Braintree Square, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Memorial donations in Graces memory may be sent to the
, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to Father Flanagans Boys Town, 13603 Flanagan Boulevard, Boys Town, NE 68010.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Oct. 8, 2013