Mary (Hoey) Williams
by Press Release 5/14/12
Mary Williams, formerly of Holliston died at age 90.
Mary was fourth generation Hollistonian.
Mary E. Williams, of Westwood, formerly of East Sandwich and Holliston, died at
Clark House in Westwood, at the age of 90 years after a long and dignified battle
with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born on February 19. 1922 in Framingham, MA,
the daughter of Thomas J. & Grace (Moynihan) Hoey. She was a fourth generation
Hollistonian and her family was one of the founding members of St. Mary’s Church. She graduated from Holliston High School in 1940 and was the first girl to take a woodworking classes in Holliston schools. She graduated from Simmons College in 1944. After graduating from college, she worked in a laboratory at Harvard University Stillman Infirmary and later at Salem Hospital. She married George D. Williams of Marlboro, MA, in 1947. George and Mary lived in Holliston until 1979, when they relocated to East Sandwich, MA.
She remained in East Sandwich after George died in 2001 and then moved to Fox
Hill Village, Westwood in 2005 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Holliston and East Sandwich. She was one of the first women in Holliston to
hold elective office when she was elected to be on the Library Board of Trustees
in 1961. She later served on the Planning Board in Holliston and the Board of
Appeals in Sandwich. A self-described “professional volunteer”, she was active
in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, St. Mary’s Church of Holliston, Corpus Christi
Church in Sandwich and St. Margaret Mary Church in Westwood. She was also
active in Holliston Historical Society, past President of Holliston Garden Club,
volunteer at Thornton Burgess Society of Sandwich, a docent at Heritage
Plantation, Sandwich and a member of Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Holidays would find her making gift baskets for residents of nursing homes,
residents of Medfield State Hospital and patients in VA hospitals. Every spring
she helped plant geraniums in front of Holliston Town Hall. A lifelong learner,
she took landscape design classes at Tufts University, classes at Framingham
State College and later at Cape Cod Community College. She took classes at Fox
Hill Village and surfed the internet well into her 80’s. A craftswoman
extraordinaire, there wasn’t any craft she couldn’t do. This included sewing,
knitting, stained glass, origami, woodworking, home improvement projects, flower
arranging, gardening & cooking. Until her final illness, she did the Sunday New
York Times cross word puzzle in ink. She had a great love of travel, even
planning a trip to Iceland at the age of 85. She was very proud of her Irish
heritage.. She made new friends wherever she went, doing so almost to the end of
She instilled in her children a love of reading, an appreciation of Mother Nature
and the importance of having a hobby, They all hold these values close to their
hearts and have tried to pass this legacy on to their own children and
She leaves her four children: Mary Ellen Pierce and her husband Douglas, of
Needham, David and his wife Laura of Hopedale, Thomas and his wife Lisa Goldberg
of West Roxbury, and Sarah (Sally) Kacprowicz and her husband Mark of Natick.
She was known as “Mimi” to her eight fabulous granddaughters: Sarah Pierce Thomas
and her husband Jason of Natick, Carolynne and Meredith Williams of Hopedale,
Emily Williams of Waltham, Rachel Williams of Milford, Alison Williams of New
York City, Amy and Mary Kacprowicz of Natick. She also leaves her two cherished
great granddaughters, Delia & Finley Thomas of Natick. She is also survived by
her two sisters, Clare Hoey Morash of Centerville and Joan Hoey Kilman of Medway.
She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, greatnieces & great-nephews.
Her funeral will be from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Commons, Natick, on Friday, May 18 at 9:15 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 8 Church Streeet, Holliston at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Holliston
Visiting hours are Thursday 4-8p.m.
Donantions may be made in her memory to Thornton Burgess Society, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537