WILMINGTON, MA — At the remarkable age of 105, Mona Jeane Whittier Somerville passed away peacefully in her home in Wilmington, MA on Sunday, September 11th.
When people asked her for the secret to her longevity, she was known to answer “God put me here and God will take me home.” Born February 15, 1917, Mona Jeane was a woman of profound religious faith, who was most proud of her large loving family, including nine grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren Jameson, Lilah, Finn, Adeline, Luke, Sofia, and Kaia.
She was a resident of Everett for more than 100 years, and a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Everett, where she was the oldest parishioner, and a dedicated volunteer throughout her life. In her younger years, she studied ballet and performed in Boston theaters. She was a member of the Everett Republican Ladies Club, and could often be found working the polls on election days.
Mona Jeane’s zest for life captured the attention of countless people she met during her adventures throughout Massachusetts and summers in Scarborough, Maine chronicled via #monajeane on social media. When she talked with people, she held their hands and looked them in the eyes. At the 2022 July Fourth Esplanade celebration, she danced with soldiers and chatted with Boston’s Mayor. She once proclaimed on a local newscast that she planned to “go wild” after the pandemic.
She now leaves her family with a wonderful legacy of singing out loud, praying frequently, and dancing…always dancing.
Mona Jeane was the daughter of Edgar and Eva Whittier of Everett, and is survived by daughter Mona C. DeAngelo, grandchildren Lisa Carroll (children Amy and Billy); Brenda DeAngelo (children Michael, David, Beverly, and Daniel Gentile); Robbin Favaloro (children Thomas, Andrew, Heather, James, and Philip); Lauren O’Donoghue (children Emily and Joseph); Leonard DeAngelo (children Aaron and Ilana); Gary DeAngelo (children Brady and Derek); Thomas DeAngelo (children Madeline, Jackson, and Thomas); and Alan DeAngelo (children Lucas, Cecily, Phoebe, Vaughn, and Lincoln); great grandchildren Frederik and Nicholas DeAngelo; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William J. Somerville, grandson Frederik DeAngelo, and brothers Sumner Gage Whittier and Robert Whittier.
There was a graveside service Saturday September 17th at 12:00pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
A celebration of life will be September 25th at Wilmington United Methodist Church at 2:00pm.
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