Mary E. (Bosworth) Houlahan June 25, 1929 - April 21, 2021

Mary E. (Bosworth) Houlahan, 91, of Milton passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021.

Born and raised in Milton, Mary was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna (Cote) Bosworth.  She graduated from Milton High School and worked as a secretary at the Quincy Patriot Ledger before marrying and raising her family in Holbrook.  She was active in all her children’s endeavors including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, band parents’ groups and sporting activities.  She was also active in the community choir and the Josepheen’s group of St. Joseph’s Church in Holbrook.  She worked as a secretary in the guidance department at the Sumner Junior High School for many years.  She was a volunteer for the Swim with a Special Child program and opened her home and pool to host the group for several summers.  Mary was also a volunteer at the Father Peyton Center at Stonehill College. She was always interested in learning new things and took many courses at Massasoit Community College.  Mary liked to travel, whether it be with family or friends on vacations or to visit her grandchildren around the country.  She was also a Red Sox and Patriots fan.

In her later years she moved back to her hometown of Milton, made new friends, reconnected with old friends, and kept active by joining in on many activities and trips offered by the Council on Aging and other community organizations.  She always enjoyed the band and choir concerts as well as the shows produced by drama clubs from Milton High School and Milton Academy.

Beloved wife of the late John H. Houlahan, Jr., loving mother of Ann C. Houlahan, Ellen M. Parrish, Jane E. Andrews and her late husband James, John H. Houlahan III, and Carol M. Cadigan and her husband James.  Grandmother of Meridith Piazza and her husband Andy, Michael Parrish, Jason Andrews and his wife Kailee, Jessica Andrews, Mary Spencer and her husband Jamal, Taylor Davis, John IV, Charlie, Maggie and Johannah Houlahan, her bonus grandchildren James Cadigan, Jr., his wife Jennifer and the late Robert Cadigan.  Great Grandmother of Annabella and Aiden Piazza, Jackson and Abbie Andrews, and Chace Cadigan.  Sister of Walter E. Bosworth and his wife Judy,  the late Charles B. Bosworth, Anne C. McCarthy, Ruth E. McSharry and David A. Bosworth.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families, and her dear friend Nancy Perry.

A Mass celebrating Mary’s life will be held at Saint Elizabeth Church, 350 Reedsdale Road, Milton, Friday April 30 at 11:30 AM.  Family and friends invited. A private burial was held at Union Cemetery, Holbrook.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Friends of Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA 02186 or

Mass Celebrating Mary's Life
Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Family and Friends Invited

Saint Elizabeth Church
350 Reedsdale Road
Milton, MA 02186

Private Burial
Union Cemetery, Holbrook


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    Liz ORourke says

    Dear Family of Mary,
    So many people at Winter Valley are missing Mary and miss seeing her and Nancy P. out for a walk almost every day. I’ve known Mary over the past decade at Winter Valley as a cherished member of this community. Mary was such a lovely person and so easy to talk and laugh with. She could be serious but liked to leave you with a smile if she could. Her soft voice was musical and it was nice to stop and chat with her and Nancy when they were out for a stroll. Often she had ideas to share with me for different activities and programs. My deepest heartfelt sympathies to all her family. With Sincere Condolences, Liz O’Rourke, Winter Valley Activities Director. ps. I have photos of Mary in her Kentucky Derby hat alongside her friend Nancy and other photos and I would be happy to email to family members.

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    Karen Young says

    I have so many great memories of Aunt Mary. Always fun and lots of laughs when Aunt Mary was around. My deepest sympathy.

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    Debbie and Henry Braga says

    To Mary’s family. I met Mary through her daughter Carol. Mary was such a lovely,elegant woman. Special lady. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

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    shirleyann marcella says

    dear anne,
    i am so sorry for your loss. my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to

Friends of Milton Council on Aging
10 Walnut Street
Milton, MA 02186