OBITUARY: Mary T. (McCarthy) Kivell, 74

NORTH ANDOVER, MA — Mary T. Kivell, 74, of North Andover, passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2017.

Mary was born on January 15, 1943 to her loving parents, John and Rita (St George) McCarthy in Cambridge, MA. She graduated with the Class of 1961 from the Keith Academy in Lowell. Mary had a long and varied career where she used her skills in many different vocations. She worked for many years as an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Town of Wilmington, her smiling face could be found busily waiting tables at Bishop’s Restaurant and the North Meadow Tennis Club. Mary finished her career working as an executive assistant for the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board until her retirement. Later in life she found her soulmate, Francis, and they were wed in a simple ceremony in their backyard on July 1, 1989. Mary had civic pride and served on the Lawrence St Patrick’s Day parade committee. Mary was known to enjoy the quiet activities of reading and taking her daily walks. Mary had an uncanny knack of knowing where and how to find a good bargain. As a woman who championed and was devoted to many different causes, she was devoted first and foremost to her family and an advocate for woman’s rights and equality. Mary was a devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She touched many lives and was well loved by all.

Mary is survived by her beloved spouse of nearly 28 years, Francis J Kivell, Sr. of North Andover. She was the cherished mother to her four daughters and her step son; her daughter, Kim M Carroll and her husband William of Dorchester, NH, her daughter, Kathleen J Pierce and her husband John of Wilmington, MA, her daughter, Denise M Robarge and her husband Joseph of Gilmanton, NH, her daughter, Jennifer L Maher and her husband John of Braintree, MA, and her step-son, Francis J Kivell, Jr. of Salem, NH. She was the devoted grandmother to her seven grandchildren; Deirdre, Leigha, Brendan, Seamus, Shauna, Erin, and Katie, and the great-grandmother to her two great-grandsons, Brycen and Benjamin. Mary is also survived by her brother, John McCarthy and his wife Kathy of Newton, MA, and her sister, Rita Silverman and her husband Gary of Wilton Manors, FL. She is also survived many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her sister Jeanne Transue.

Visitation for Mary was held on Monday, April 17, 2017, 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen, MA. At the conclusion of calling hours, a funeral service was held at 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery in May. Online condolences can be given at http://www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is proud to serve the Kivell family.

Mary Kivell
Mary Kivell

(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Pollard Funeral Home.)

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