Obituary for Dora A. (Mailhiot) Ward
FRAMINGHAM: Dora A. (Mailhiot) Ward, 97, died peacefully on Monday July 3, 2017 at the Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center in Natick after a long illness.
The daughter of the late Louise and Josephat Mailhiot, she was born in Dixville, Quebec, Canada and was the oldest of eleven children. Dora was preceded in death by her husband, former Framingham Town Clerk Michael J. Ward, and her first husband: Walter Gladu; her son: Michael J. Ward, Esq., her youngest daughter: Judith Ann Ward Maguire, her daughter-in-law: Christina (Kit) Ward, brothers: Emile, Edmund, and Robert, her sisters: Jeannette Fannon, Irene Shaughnessy, and her youngest sister: Diane Mailhiot. She is survived by her son: George Ward of Weymouth, her daughter: Mary Lou Ward Pyburn & husband John of Medford, her brothers: Joseph Mailhiot & wife Dorothy of Franklin, Leo Mailhiot of Framingham, her sisters: Yvonne Bent of Hopedale, Louise Conner of Interlachen, FL and her sisters-in-law: Yvonne Mailhiot of Cape Coral, FL., and Audrey Ward of Queens, NY and her adored grandchildren: Devin and Gareth Ward, Sean, Patrick and Terry Maguire and Jennifer Pyburn. She also leaves many cherished nieces and nephews.
Dora had a wonderful career at the US Army Labs in Natick after which she lived in elderly housing at the former Hastings Elementary School on Cochituate Road in Framingham. She enjoyed living with old and new friends, especially her best pal, the late Margaret Sherman of Framingham. After a serious illness, Dora went into rehab at Mary Ann Morse and was eventually admitted into their long-term care program. Dora was much loved by staff and administration alike. She received exceptional care and was given to a favorite saying: "I don't want to be a bother;" the retort being "Dora, you're never a bother!"
Visiting hours are Monday July 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Boyle Bros. Funeral Home, 173 Union Ave., Framingham. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday July 11 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Bridget's Church, 830 Worcester Rd., ( Rte. 9 Eastbound) Framingham Centre. Burial in the family lot at St. Stephen's Cemetery is private. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center, 45 Union St., Natick, MA. 01760 to the attention of the Residence Council. For memorial page please visit www.boylebrothers.com.