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Evelyn M. (McKenna) Haines

Evelyn M. (McKenna) Haines
Matriarch of well-known Billerica family

BILLERICA -- Evelyn M. (McKenna) Haines, age 69, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at her home in Billerica. She was the beloved wife of the late William P. Haines.

Born in Medford, Dec. 15, 1943, she was the daughter of the late David and Dorothy (O'Connor) McKenna.

Evelyn, who worked in public service for more than 40 years, began her career in Billerica, as secretary for the Department of Public Works, a position she held for 10 years. Mrs. Haines spent the next seven years in Chelmsford as executive secretary of the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen. Evelyn returned to Billerica where she remained and completed her career in the position of Assistant Town Manager, working with three former Town Managers, Paul Talbot, Robert Mercier, and Richard Montuori. She also held the position of interim Town Manager. Evelyn, a dedicated advocate and employee of the town of Billerica, retired in 2003. She was an original member of the Yankee Doodle Parade Steering Committee which continues today. She spear headed a one acre land donation to the town to plant day lilies throughout Billerica. Also a Justice of the Peace, Evelyn was a member of many groups, clubs, and civic organizations including the COA, Sunshine Gals, Town Meeting, Emblem, Lyons, Elks, Eagles in FL, Moose, Beautification Committee, Billerica Twinning Group and numerous others. Evelyn loved Billerica and was devoted to it.

She is survived by her three sons, William Haines and his wife, Melinda, of Lowell, Michael Haines and his fiancée, Brenda Flynn, of Billerica and Kevin Haines, also of Billerica; her brothers, John McKenna and his wife, Carole, of Billerica, Paul McKenna and his wife, Cynthia, of Billerica, and David McKenna and his wife, Karen, of Chelmsford; her sisters, Dorothy Ann Morrill and her husband, Edward, of Sarasota, FL, Helen Sears and her husband, Thomas, also of Sarasota, FL, and Marybeth Casterlin and her husband, Gary, of Billerica.

She also leaves her loving grandchildren, Kyle, Keenan, Alyssa, Michael, David, Jr. and Ashley; her two great-grandchildren, Desirae and Justice, and her step- grandchildren, Jamie and Kayla Flynn. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

She was the sister of the late Robert McKenna.

HAINES -- of Billerica, June 11, 2013, Evelyn M. (McKenna) Haines, age 69. Beloved wife of the late William P. Haines. Funeral from the Burns Funeral Home, 354 Boston Rd. (Rt. 3A), Billerica, Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Theresa's Church, Billerica at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours, Friday, 3-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Evelyn's name to the Sunshine Gals, c/o Enterprise Bank, 674 Boston Rd., Billerica, MA 01821. Interment, Fox Hill Cemetery. www.burnsfuneralhomes.com

Published in Lowell Sun on June 13, 2013
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