Mary (Whitcomb) Godfrey, 93, an Acton native and lifelong resident of the town, died Sun. June 23, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard A. Godfrey, Jr., to whom she was married for 67 years at the time of his passing in October, 2011. She is survived by a brother Peter Whitcomb of Acton, and several nieces, nephews and their families. Born in Acton and raised on Arlington Street, she was the daughter of the late Julian and Jennie (Durkee) Whitcomb, and sister of the late Margaret W. Sisson. Mrs. Godfrey loved life and learning, and was interested in everything. A grade school teacher for a time, she earned a masters degree in library science and was the head librarian for the Concord Public Schools. The Godfreys loved to travel; in the early years of their marriage while Mr. Godfrey served in the US Army Air Force during WWII, and in later years to explore the world. The couple built their home on Hayward Road in Acton in 1961. They enjoyed ski trips with friends, music and dancing, particularly swing music and big bands featured at the Totem Pole, and through the years the couple regularly attended reunions of the 509th Bomb Composite Group. They also raised Samoyeds, and spent time in their second home in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service on Thurs. July 11th at 11:00am in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Central Street, West Acton. Rev. Susan Whitehead will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. Godfreys name to the Community Supper, PO Box 2098, Acton, MA 01720. For more information and online condolences, please visit www.actonfuneralhome. com.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from July 4 to July 11, 2013