Mary L. (Donohue) Desmond Erwin, 92, died May 17, 2015, at her home in Fuller Village after a lengthy period of failing health.
She lived her entire life in Milton, a community she loved.
She was a graduate of Milton High School 1939, as were both of the men she married. She graduated from Kathleen Dell Secretarial School and worked as a medical secretary before her first marriage. Later she became a broker for Newport Real Estate of Braintree and worked for the Republican Club of Massachusetts, as well as the Milton Times over the years.
She was an artist who enjoyed painting landscapes. In 2012 her works were among those displayed at Milton Library as part of the town’s 350th anniversary celebration. Several of her paintings were also displayed at the library in 2014. Her lovely paintings are appreciatively displayed in the homes of her family members.
She was a former member of the Milton Rotary Club, the Christ Child Society and an ardent fan of the New England Patriots. During her first marriage, she summered in Marshfield. During her second marriage she vacationed in Bermuda.
She was the beloved wife of Arthur Erwin, her husband of 44 years, and the late Francis X. Desmond who died in 1965. She is survived by her five devoted children, Pat Desmond of Quincy, publisher of the Milton Times, Francis X. Desmond Jr. of Cape Cod, Kathleen Desmond of Norwell, M. Therese Desmond of Milton, and Thomas J. Desmond of Quincy; eight grandchildren, June Desmond of Berlin, N.H., Tim Desmond of Alstead, N.H., Shannon Desmond of South Boston, Caitlin Speck of Hurst, Texas, Harrison Sills of South Boston, John Sills of New York City, N.Y., Danielle Desmond and T.J. Desmond, both of Quincy; and four great grandchildren, Hayley Bradford and Desmond Bradford of Berlin, N.H., Finnegan Desmond of Alstead, N.H. and Cole Speck of Texas.
She was much cherished by all her family. Her perseverance, strength and sense of family values are the true legacy she left to her family.
Donations may be made to South Shore Elder Services Inc., 1515 Washington St., Braintree MA 02184. SSES helped provide care for Mary during the past two years so that she could remain in her home.
Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton, are Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, in St. Elizabeth Church. Burial will be in Milton Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home. www.alfreddthomas.com.