Bernadette M. Aylward
George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
477 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Bernadette Marguerite Miller Aylward of Sherborn formerly of Wellesley, was born March 16, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts and entered into eternal life on August 10, 2020. Known to her family and friends as Bunny, she died peacefully, surrounded and comforted by her daughters. Bunny is pre-deceased by her husband, Paul Francis Aylward, Sr., with whom she had nine children: Kathleen and husband Michael Kelly of San Jose, CA; Mary and husband Marlowe Farrar of Foxboro; Anne and husband Andrew Fay of Sherborn; Joanie and husband Doug Kingsley of Sherborn; Paula Aylward of Marshall, MI; Susu Aylward of Farmington, CT; Renata and husband William Flynn of Sudbury; Kristen Aylward of Westboro; and Paul Francis Aylward, Jr. of Portland, OR. Bunny is survived by her ten adoring grandchildren who will all miss her dearly: Brendan and Patrick Kelly, Max, Ned, Douglas and Scott Kingsley, Maggie Flynn, Hannah and Ryan Fay, and Finlay Aylward. Affectionately and lovingly known as Gambie to her grandchildren, she will also be missed by her three great grandchildren: Colin and Ryan Kelly and Maverick Kingsley, as well as many nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Jamaica Plain to Michael and Agnes (Dohey) Miller of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Bernadette was the 8th of 9 children. Her parents and siblings Edward, Alonzo and Joseph Miller, Frances Williamson, Patricia Bopp, Mary Barry and Rita Coyle, all pre-deceased Bunny. Her only surviving sibling is her sister Ann Downing of Windham, NH and Naples, FL. Bunny met her husband Paul on a blind date with her sister, Mary. After Paul and Bunny were married, the couple travelled throughout the country while Bunny cheered Paul on during his military and professional baseball career. While stationed in Texas, Bunny started St. Josephs Catholic elementary school where she passionately taught students and grew the school for years until the couple moved back to Massachusetts to raise their growing family. A long-time resident of Wellesley, she went back to work after she raised her children and had many wonderful, happy and social years employed at various shops in town. One of her most memorable assignments was her long-time tenure as Director of Public Relations for her daughter, Susus Bakery. Bunny was strong, opinionated and independent. She had a big heart and a grand personality. She made friends quickly wherever she went and warmly invited them into her home and her heart. She loved entertaining and filling her home with good food and making great memories. No one ever left her home hungry! Her annual Halloween parties with friends were epic. A voracious reader, her home was filled with books. Bunny so enjoyed a nice cup of tea and a good book. Christmastime was her favorite time of year as she so loved her faith and giving to others was her favorite past-time. Bunny was an unrivalled gift-giver and every one of her gifts was specially chosen and brought her tremendous joy. A virtuous and faithful role model, she adored her grandchildren and was their unwavering and staunchest supporter. She was the first one youd call with news | good or bad. Family came first to Gambie. She was always available and giving of her time, easy to talk to and consistently offered her confident and loving support. Nurturing and gracious, she was patient and caring at every turn. Bunny loved beautiful things and was an avid gardener. Flowers were one of her favorite topics of conversation. She loved getting her hands dirty, working in her beautiful backyard garden, and spending her afternoons planting new additions. Her green thumb was legendary and the jungle-like growth she nurtured was affectionately known as Gambies Garden; a place she loved and the location of many gatherings with her children, grandkids and numerous friends. Bunny will forever be remembered for her strength and independence, amazing love of family, her beautiful way of entertaining, her laughter, artistry, strong faith, and indominable spirit. She was a force and she will be forever missed. A visitation will be held at her daughters home, Joanie and Doug Kingsley, 138 Farm Rd., Sherborn on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 4-6pm. Relatives and friends kindly invited. A private Funeral Mass for family only will be held in Most Precious Blood Church, 30 Centre St., Dover, Friday. Aug. 14 at 10am. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Oblates of The Virgin Mary, 2 Ipswich St., Boston, MA. 02215 or Boston State Teachers College, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA 02125. Online guestbook at Arrangements by George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley.
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Published by The Press from Aug. 12 to Aug. 27, 2020.
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her daughter's home, Joanie and Doug Kingsley
138 Farm Rd., Sherborn, Massachusetts
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30 Centre St., Dover, Massachusetts
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a loved one
August 23, 2020
Bunny will be sorely missed at the annual Teachers' College luncheons. She was always the life of the party at the table for the class of 1952 with her great sense if humor. Please accept the condolences of the entire Koch family.

Lucille Koch
August 13, 2020
In a roundabout way, I found myself perusing the obituaries today, and after viewing many, I came across this one. My mother was a friend of Bunny's from her childhood days in Jamaica Plain. My mom was "Cubby" (Catherine) Sullivan from Olmsted St. She passed away in 2013. I remember her speaking of Bunny off and on through the years. My condolences to her family. Kathy Creedon
kathleen Creedon
August 13, 2020
Dearest Aylward Family, Kathy, Tisi, Ambie, Joanie, Paula, Susu, Renata, Kristen & Paul & all of your loved ones,

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & more. Losing a Mom, the first person you new in this world, is so difficult. Especially with awesome mothers as we've had. After nearly 6 years, there is rarely a day that goes by that I don't urgently feel the need to call & talk to my Mom. So my heart truly goes out to you. Your Mom, Dad & all of you (of my generation) were so important, such a grounding, loving, welcoming, nurturing part of my young life. I truly loved your folks & all of you & have such cherished, warm & amazing memories. You don't know how often I've thought of you thru these years. I'm sure your memories will bring you comfort, smiles, tears & even some good laughs. Your Mom, Bunny, a second Mom to me for so many years, was a very special woman. All who spent time with her will certainly feel what a blessing that time was.
I love all of you guys, will hold you as always in my thoughts, my heart & my prayers.

Sending much Love, Peace & Sympathy, Lori Grignaffini-Gordon
Lori Grignaffini-Gordon
August 13, 2020
Bunny was a wonderful friend who's big personality filled any room. Working at Filene's in Wellesley was the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Bunny, Elaine, Kay, Barbara and myself! I will miss her dearly. We send all our love and condolences to the Aylward family.

Terry and the Woernle Family
Terry Woernle
August 13, 2020
Dear Aylwards,

Bunny was a big presence in my families life for many years growing up. She was an excellent friend to my Mom and always ready to help with a school project or Halloween costume at last minute notice. I always remember laughing with Bunny and the rest of the Aylwards and think that it helped shape my sense of humor to this day. Thank you Bunny!!!

Rest in peace. Sincerely-Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan
August 12, 2020
Dearest Kristen and SuSu,
My heartfelt sympathy to both of you, and to your family. Your Mother was a shining light in this world, a woman who radiated warmth with her beautiful smile and lovely manner. We talked of the joys of raising children, and the pleasures of food many times over the years. I am enormously grateful to have known her, and to have had the opportunity to work with, and be a friend to, both of you. I am reminded, even in the face of your immense loss, that you must celebrate how blessed you are to have had her as your Mother.
With deepest sympathy, and love,
Helen Matthew-Emde
August 12, 2020
Dear Joanie
My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear mom. It was an honor to have known such a lovely lady. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Frances Mannion
August 12, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the Aylward family. We shared many conversations at SuSu's Bakery and during our visit to her lovely home.

Dr. Gene and Nancy Clerkin
August 12, 2020