Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Mary A. Flynn, 74, of Portland, CT, died on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at Hartford Hospital surrounded by her family.
Mary was born in Darby, PA to Harold and Veronica Bonner. She was the adored youngest daughter of a large and loving family and grew up among grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles on Spring Road in Havertown, PA. She graduated from Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, PA in 1963 and took a job at AT&T. A co-worker at AT&T suggested she might be a good match for his son, John “Jeff” Flynn. Mary and Jeff had attended the same schools and lived within a mile of one another but, because Jeff was a few years older, they had never previously met. Jeff, in fact, had already moved away from Pennsylvania to Connecticut for a job with Pratt and Whitney. Even so, Jeff’s father encouraged Jeff to meet Mary. Mary and Jeff went on a first date and hit it off. They were married in 1968 and settled down to raise their four children in Portland. Although Mary missed her family in Pennsylvania, she made the drive back “home” frequently and she quickly drew together a circle of friends in her new hometown of Portland. Mary loved family time at the beach in Brigantine, NJ. She hosted epic Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. She could make a Halloween costume out of scraps of material found around the house, throw a 30 yard spiral, master Atari video games in minutes, and program any electronic device without reading the instructions. She held a number of jobs, including as an administrative assistant at a bank and real estate agent, but her children and her family were her true and only vocation. Mary began life as a baby sister but became, over time, the heart and glue of an extended family whose members relied on her for comfort, advice, love, and laughter.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 51 years, Jeff, her brother Raymond Bonner and Kathi Bonner of Windsor, CT, her brother-in-law Luke Fannon of Brigantine, NJ, her son Michael Flynn and Karen Cacace of New York, NY, her daughter Mary Cristin Kaleba and John Kaleba of West Roxbury, MA, her son Brian Flynn and Simone Flynn of Melbourne, Australia, and her son K.C. Flynn and Katie Flynn of West Roxbury, MA. She will also be remembered by her nine grandchildren: Sophia Flynn, Isabella Flynn, Daniel Kaleba, Jude Kaleba, Ryan Kaleba, Nora Rose Maeve Kaleba, Tessa Flynn, Molly Flynn, and Poppy Flynn, as well as by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends. She was loved and cherished by everyone who knew her, and we her family, were so lucky she was ours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday ( Jan 11 ) at 11 am in St. Mary Church 51 Freestone Ave. Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St. Portland on Friday ( Jan 10 ) from 5 to 8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in Mary’s memory to Team IMPACT (www.goteamimpact.org), a cause close to Mary’s heart, where her son K.C. works in support of children with serious and chronic diagnoses.
Mary Ferguson, 60, of Portland, passed away peacefully and painlessly on December 21, 2019 with family at her side. Mary was born in Aldeburgh, England on Bentwaters Air Force Base. Mary lived most of her life in Portland. She very much enjoyed the people and the town. After graduation from Portland High School, she studied at Eastern CT State University and UCONN throughout her life.
Mary passionately pursued the intellectual and emotional issues central to her life- with family as core and Jesus as Savior. A spiritual pinnacle in Mary’s life came as she welcomed her daughter Grace Leigh Delaney. Mary sent thanks to the heavens daily for Grace; she viewed her daughter as a true miracle. Mary’s spiritual commitments assisted her to overcome a series of physical trials until the very last day of her life. Mary was an emotional and spiritual rock for her daughter throughout her life. Guiding her through the trials and tribulations of school and forming a foundation for her daughter to now take to college with her.
Mary had a beautiful singing voice and throughout the decades she wrote songs and recorded music. This included many religious pieces. She was also a gifted artist who’s drawings and sketches reflect he deeply she appreciated nature and inspired artistry.
Mary is pre-deceased by her father, William John Ferguson. In addition to her daughter Grace, Mary leaves behind her mother Theresa Ferguson, Stepmother Diane Ferguson, and four sisters: Catherin Onuoha, Loretta Foley, Susan Starkowski, and Janet Ferguson. Mary was also loved and cherished by 18 nieces/nephews,8 grandnieces/nephews and extended family. Mary had a special place in her heart for every member of her expansive family and sought to have a personal relationship with each of them to learn about their lives and to share her gospel.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, January 18th, in St. Mary’s Church, Portland, at 10 a.m. Burial will be St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland on Friday, January 17thfrom 6-8 p.m.