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Mary M. OConnell

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Mary Madeleine OConnell, age 87, of Plympton, died Dec. 9, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.She was the beloved wife to the late Philip E. OConnell for 61 years. Born in Haddonfield, N.J., in June, 1926, she was the daughter of Lester and Madeleine OBrien. She attended Massachusetts State College in 1946-47. She was an enthusiastic mother of 10 children, grandmother to 21, and great-grandmother to 14. She loved spending time with her family, attending daily Catholic Mass, and was a voracious reader. In her youth, she was employed by the Philadelphia Register as a proofreader. She visited all 50 states, multiple continents, and enjoyed cruising with her children in her later years. She was an avid Boston sports fan, especially of the Red Sox. She was one of the original 600 women who took part in the medical study that developed the RhoGAM vaccine that led to the cure for the RH factor. She made monthly pilgrimages to a Massachusetts Red Cross blood bank for over 40 years to donate blood. Mary was an integral part for over 30 years in the family owned business, The Lobster Shack, in Middleboro. She was universally acclaimed for her vibrant and loving personality. She is survived by her brother, John OBrien of Mesquite, Texas; and children, Michael and Mary OConnell, Anne Dargelis and fiance Terry Moore, Jim and Carol OConnell, Daniel and Phyllis OConnell, Madeleine and Chris Hammond, Theresa and Rick Donovan, and Patricia and Lenny Petitpas, David and Barbara OConnell. Mary was predeceased by her daughters, M. Elizabeth OConnell and Mary Eileen O'Connell. A funeral Mass was held at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, 272 Main Street (Rte. 106), Kingston, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. Interment was private. Donations can be made to the wonderful folks at Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360. For online condolences, please visit www.shepherdfuneralhome.com. Shepherd Funeral Home Kingston 781-585-4453

Published in Hailfax Plympton Reporter from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, 2013
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