MACEDO, MARY, 72, of Coventry, RI, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020. She was born on July 11, 1947 in Newton, MA to the late Donald and Catherine Chandler.
Mary was educated in Newton public schools and attended Newton North High School. After school, she worked in a government position in Boston, MA, of which she was very proud. Later, she moved to Rhode Island, where she worked in the finance office of an automobile dealership for over 30 years.
Mary loved her family and she was dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her daughter and embraced every moment with her. Her daughter said “She was the bravest and strongest woman I have ever known. She gave me all the love a mother could give and I could not have asked for a greater mother and friend. She always said I was her legacy and proudest accomplishment.” She was also a loving wife to Richard Macedo for 25 years and lovingly cared for him. She loved her two rescued dogs Gypsy and Roxy, who gave her so much unconditional love, as well as her grand-dogs and grand-bunnies, who would visit her, bringing her great joy.
Mary loved to help those around her, giving so much to so many people. Anyone fortunately enough to know her was blessed by her generous heart. Mary was highly skilled with knitting needles and crochet hooks, and she enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
Mary is survived by her daughter Tammy Martin, her husband, Richard Macedo and her brother Donald Chandler.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date and time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude to help fight kids cancer (www.STJUDE.org), a cause Mary supported throughout her life. Arrangements are by the Iannotti Funeral Home at Maple Root. iannottifh.com
In closing, we dedicate this Judith Bulock Morse poem to Mary,
The angles gathered near your side
So very close to you
For they knew the pain and suffering that you were going through
I thought about so many things
As I held tightly to your hand
Oh, how I wished that you were strong
And happy once again
But your eyes were looking homeward
To that place beyond the sky
Where Jesus held His outstretched arms
It was time to say good-bye
I struggled with my selfish thoughts
For I wanted you to stay
So we could walk and talk again
Like we did…..just yesterday
But Jesus knew the answer
And I knew you loved Him so
So I gave to you life’s greatest gift
The gift of letting go.
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