Eileen M. Leary
1932 - 2021
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LEARY, EILEEN M.
October 4, 1932 – February 7, 2021
Eileen Maloney Leary, formerly of Little Compton, RI and Blairstown, NJ died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at home on February 7, 2021 in Blairstown, NJ. She was predeceased by her kindergarten sweetheart and beloved husband, Donald E. Leary; and is survived by daughter Ann Leary Stock and husband Robert Stock of Blairstown, NJ and their three children Nathan Stock and wife Amy, Rebecca and husband Rishi, Elizabeth and husband, Jonathan; and daughter Margaret Leary Dooley and husband Stephen Dooley (predeceased) of Garden City, NY and sons Daniel and wife Allison, Michael and wife Kara, Timothy and wife Nicole, and five great grandchildren. Her son, Timothy Cullen Leary predeceased her in June 1978. Eileen was a loving sister and aunt to the Maloney and Leary families.
Eileen was born on October 4, 1932 in North Attleboro, MA to Roland and Gertrude (Cullen) Maloney. She was a graduate of Stonehill College and enjoyed a thirty year career as an elementary school teacher. As a lifelong learner and educator, Eileen was passionate about books and literature. She loved to spend time reading and discussing books, and sharing books with her grandchildren. Eileen continued her own education into adulthood, even taking a botany course in order to hone her gardening skills. Eileen enjoyed traveling, playing tennis, walking and playing the piano with her family gathered together. She was an active resident of Little Compton, RI serving as a volunteer at the Brownell Library and teacher in the religious education program at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Eileen shared her love of the beach with all her family, with whom many wonderful memories at Brigg's Beach were made. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Eileen was a beacon of indefatigable optimism and love for all those in her life.
Burial was private at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Little Compton, RI. Memorial donations may be made to the Little Compton Wellness Center, P.O. Box 171, Little Compton, RI 02837 or Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. Arrangements by Fern Acres Funeral Home, Little Compton, Rhode Island.

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Published in The Providence Journal on Feb. 17, 2021.
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6 entries
March 1, 2021
To Eileen's family,
I will always remember your mother with her lovely smile, her love of books and her favorite color of navy blue. She
would always work the Annual Book Sale for the Friends of
the Brownell Library and was a member of our Board.
May you always cherish her memory.
With sympathy,
Dee Holliday

Dee Medeiros Holliday
Acquaintance
February 18, 2021
It was a joy to work with Eileen in the fourth grade at Martin School in Seekonk. Along with our late colleague and friend, Kathy Rochford, dec.Oct. 2019, we made quite a team. Kathy and I were several years younger, and could always rely on Eileen’s perspective, experience and humor, too! I consider those years to be the best of my 30+ career. So sorry for your loss.
Christine Richard
Friend
February 17, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
James and Carol Crowley
Friend
February 17, 2021
Dear Meg and Ann, so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of summers in Little Compton enjoying the company of your Mom at Briggs Beach. We fondly remember the time your Dad was filleting some fish we caught and they fell in the water at the dock and your Mom with no hesitation grabbed an anchor and then dove to the bottom to retrieve them! She was such a lovely woman. Take care.
James and Carol Crowley
Friend
February 17, 2021
Meg and Ann,
We are so sorry about your mom. She was such a special friend to my mom. They had many wonderful times together.
Love,
Barbara(Duffy) Protentis and Mary(Duffy) Tetzner
Mary E. Tetzner
Friend
February 16, 2021
Dear Meg,
Frank and I wish we could have been with you, Ann, and the boys to say a proper goodbye to your beautiful mother. She was a ray of sunshine... as beautiful on the inside as the outside. I’m glad she’s at peace and reunited with your dad and Steve in heaven.
With much love and prayers,
Ruthann and Frank
Ruthann Kiernan
Friend
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