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NEWBURYPORT - Mary Alice Varney, wife of the late Lloyd Robert Varney, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 1, 2018 at the Atria Merrimack Place in Newburyport. She continued to make new friends during her stay there, while still enjoying time in Florida and the cottage at Little Neck, Ipswich.
Born on October 7, 1934 she was the daughter of Arthur and Alice Veno of Woburn. Mary was a remarkable woman and enjoyed life to the fullest. She and her husband Bob, spent many wonderful years with friends and family enjoying summers on Little Neck, Ipswich and winters in Fort Myers Florida.
Mary graduated from Woburn High School with the class of 1952 and went on to graduate from Simmons College in 1957 with a degree in Nursing. Mary was a dedicated wife and mother, she will be remembered for her quick wit and amazing grace.
She is survived by her three children. Rob Varney of Kittery, Maine and his two children, Jennifer and Ryan Varney, his wife Nicole and their daughter Eleni. Kathy Defina and her husband Paul Defina of Wayland and their children Dan, Andrea, Joey and Rusty and Ellen Perry along with her daughter, Julie Sharkey, her husband, Michael and their son, Jack: a brother, David Veno and his wife, Gail; a sister, Sister Janet Veno; and a sister-in-law, Connie Veno, who is the wife of Mary's older brother, the late Dr. Arthur Veno.
Her funeral will be held Tuesday 9 a.m. from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 7 pm. Interment will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to Care Dimensions, Suite B-102, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 www.caredimensions.org. For directions or to leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on February 2, 2018
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