Anne Grace McClellan O'Connor, of Hudson, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Gilbert) Nugent from Clinton, MA died peacefully in the company of her family and loving caregivers on August 31st at Wingate in Sudbury after a good long rewarding life. She was the seventh of twelve children. Anne was a devoted wife to the late Paul Fuller McClellan from Sutton, Vermont who died in 1963 and then to the late Joseph "Oakie" O'Connor from Hudson, MA who died in 2001. Anne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on September 16, 1922 and was raised in Clinton, MA where she graduated from Clinton High School in 1941. She was first married in 1944. After her eight children were born she settled in Hudson in 1962, where she immediately involved herself with her community through volunteer and charitable organizations. During her long life Anne made a pilgrimage to the St. Anne DeBeaupre shrine in Canada where her Catholic faith was strengthened. In her life she received many awards and accolades for her work with scouting, veteran and church organizations. She was a proud mother and grandmother of service personnel and was an active member in the auxiliaries of AMVETS Post 208 and VFW Post 1027 where she held many elected offices. She loved to travel and was an avid Bingo player. With her quick Irish wit and warm smile Annie had a knack for making friends. She was a loving, caring, kind person to friends, strangers, pets and children. Predeceased by her son Paul Joseph who died in 1984, Ma McClellan is survived by Andy Downes of Hudson, Todd Downes and family of Clinton, Young Sook McClellan and Daniel McClellan of Clinton, Michelle Madden of San Diego, CA, Patricia Dority of Ellsworth, ME, Daniel McClellan of Ellsworth, ME and his children Thomas, John and Daniel. Kenneth McClellan of Las Vegas NV, Thomas McClellan of Hudson and his children, Emily and Zachary, John McClellan and his wife, Brenda, of Hudson and their children Douglas and Kevin, and Margaret and Charles Box of Ellsworth, ME and their children, Angela, Bobby and Hannah. She will also be missed by countless friends, neighbors and extended family members who called her a friend and a mom. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 5th at 9:00 a.m. in Saint Michael's Church, 21 Manning Street, Hudson. Burial services will be held privately at a later date in Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson. Calling hours will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4th at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc. 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749 (www.tighehamilton.com). A celebration of Anne's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the AMVETS Post 208, 5 South Street, Hudson on Thursday, Sept. 5th immediately following the mass. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hudson Community Food Pantry, 28 Houghton Street, Hudson, MA 01749.
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Published in The Marlborough Enterprise from Sept. 3 to Sept. 10, 2013