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Mary M. Melia passed away peacefully on February 27, 2017, after a long period of ill health. She was the loving and devoted daughter of the late Mary (McCarthy) and Thomas Melia of Beverly, Mass. She attended St. Margaret’s School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1960. In 1964, she graduated from Salem State College with a B.S. in Education followed by a M.Ed. in Education in 1972. Her entire career from 1964 to 2001 was spent teaching fourth grade at the Edwards Elementary School in Beverly, Mass. Mary loved teaching. Throughout the years, she received mutual respect from both her students and colleagues.
She enjoyed playing golf, family visits to Ireland, Caribbean cruises, and many summer vacations in Wells, Maine, with good friends. She was a loyal fan of all Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox and Patriots.
Mary leaves behind nephews, Michael Melia of West Hartford, Conn., and Matthew Melia of Seattle, Wash.; nieces, Colleen Gutierrez of Sammamish, Wash., Caitlin Melia of Manchester, and her special niece and caretaker, Patricia Rowell of Haverhill, Mass. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Constance Melia of Manchester, several grandnieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Mary was predeceased by brothers, Thomas and John Melia, and her niece, Mary Melia.
She deeply appreciated the kindness extended to her from the entire staff at Kaplan House.
Mary will always be lovingly remembered.
Her Funeral will be at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot St., Beverly, MA, on Monday, March 6, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Salem, Mass. Visiting hours will be at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Sunday, March 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in Mary’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0412; or Kaplan Family Hospice House at Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  March 3, 2017
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