WILMINGTON, MA — Jean Connolly Lefavour, 87, a longtime resident of Wilmington, MA, peacefully went to her final rest on May 21, 2019 in Vero Beach, FL.
Jean was born in Wakefield, MA on April 11, 1932 and attended Wakefield High School where she graduated with the Class of 1949. In 1953, she married Willis Lefavour and the couple moved to the house her grandfather built on Glen Road, where she raised her six children and resided until 2014. For many years Jean operated her landscaping business, Stillwater Gardens and Designs, and created beautiful gardens, floral arrangements and stone walls for numerous businesses and homeowners in the area. Her proudest achievement was the stone wall she built in front of Rocco’s Restaurant in Wilmington, which stands as a memorial to her workmanship. Jean was also a Girl Scout leader and poll worker for the Town of Wilmington for many years. She loved skiing and scuba diving in her younger days.
Jean was a devoted follower of Christ and a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church for over fifty years, where she was church secretary to Revs. Miller and Evans, a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir and spreader of the love of Christ to all she met. She was also renowned for the deviled eggs she would make for after service refreshment. Jean always had time to stop and listen to people’s problems and concerns, which they always felt safe sharing with her even if they didn’t know her, often for hours in the aisles at Market Basket or at the Post Office. Her prayer list was consistently long. Her beautiful, caring spirit will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Jean was the cherished daughter of the late Jack and Mabel Connolly and sister of Francis “Skip” Connolly, beloved mother of Ellen Lefavour, Judy Wilburn, Steven Lefavour, Elizabeth Lefavour, Alan Lefavour and Blake Lefavour, and honored mother-in-law to Ron Wilburn and Masha Cheshkin, Grammy to Ron Wilburn, Jr. and Alice Lefavour, and Aunt to Michael Connolly. In addition, there are many adults to whom Jean was second mom and her home a second home while they were growing up in Wilmington.
Visiting hours will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday June 26th at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington, MA.
Family, friends and all who loved Jean are invited to gather for a Celebration of Jean’s Life at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, Church Street, Wilmington, MA on Thursday, June 27th at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jean’s memory to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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