Mary Emma's Story
Mary Emma Rand (Morrissey), 50, of Salem, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 26, 2017, at home with her beloved daughter, Emma Rand, by her side.
Mary was born in Boston on August 5, 1966, to Mary Hayden Morrissey and Patrick O. Morrissey. She grew up in Cohasset and Salem, graduating from Salem High School in 1984. She later attended Westbrook College in Maine and graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1989.
Mary lived with her family in Medford and later returned to Salem. She worked for many years as a recreational therapist in several nursing care and rehabilitation centers in the greater Boston area.
Mary lived bravely and fearlessly with epilepsy her entire life and never let her condition keep her from following her dreams or pursuing her ambitions in both her professional and private life. She was fiercely independent. She was a steadfast supporter and volunteer for the Epilepsy Foundation New England, helping others to cope with their diagnosis and serving as an example of someone who had successfully overcome the obstacles associated with her condition. In addition, she was a skilled knitter who created beautiful, warm, works of art that she gave to those she loved.
Above all, Mary was devoted to and extremely proud of her daughter, Emma, whom she encouraged and supported tirelessly. Her love for Emma knew no bounds and was the greatest joy of her life.
In addition to her daughter, Mary leaves her mother, Mary Hayden Morrissey of Salem; her sister, Jane Morrissey and her husband, Christopher Smith of Salem; her brother, Patrick Morrissey and his wife, Mary of Manchester, N.H.; her sister, Nancy Morrissey Hall and her husband, Andrew Hall of Lynn, Mass.; her former husband, David Rand of Peabody; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Patrick Morrissey.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem, MA. Funeral procession from the Murphy Funeral Home on Saturday, July 1, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Ste. Anne Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem. Burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem.
Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to Epilepsy Foundation New England (www.epilepsyfoundation.org/givehelp/donate/). For additional information or on line guest book please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
Published on  June 28, 2017