Obituaries 06-01-2023

Evelyn Wall

Nov. 12, 1943 –May 23, 2013

Longtime Chelsea resident, Evelyn L. Wall, 79, passed away on Tuesday, May 23.

Born and raised in Somerville,  the loving daughter of the late Donald A. and Evelyn (Noonan) Branagan,  Evelyn graduated from Cardinal Cushing Central High School in South Boston and continued her education at the Somerville Hospital School of Nursing where she became a registered Nurse.  She began her nursing career at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

She married John “Jack” Wall and together raised their two daughters.  Evelyn was passionately devoted to home and family.  She continued to work outside of her home as an RN at the Whidden Memorial Hospital for an additional 42 years before her retirement.

She was a devoted parishioner of the former Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Chelsea where she sang in the church choir and volunteered her baking talents to support the annual church bazaar.  Her homemade apple pies were most favored and sought after, often selling out even before the event.  She enjoyed choral singing and was a longtime member of the Liberty Bell Chorus “Sweet Adeline Singers” in Arlington and sang in Our Lady of Assumption Choir in Lynnfield.

She is fondly remembered by her family as an adoring and doting grandmother welcoming five grandchildren and assuming the role of “Fantastic Nana.”

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her brothers, Donald Branagan and his wife, Elizabeth, Paul Branagan, and a brother-in-law, Vincent DiGianni. She is lovingly survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, John S. “Jack” Wall of Chelsea.  She was the loving mother of Meg Flaherty and her husband, John, and Susan Palmer-Deloreto, all of Plymouth; cherished grandmother of Kelly and Ryan Flaherty, Andrew and Alyssa Palmer and Jack Deloreto, all of Plymouth; dear sister-in-law of Eileen Branagan of Louisiana, and Peggy DiGianni of Peabody.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews extended family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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Walter Earl Taylor

July 25, 1947 – May 23, 2023

Walter Earl Taylor, 75, passed away on Tuesday, May 23 after a brief illness.   

Born and raised in Grand Saline, Texas, he was a loving son of the late Marie Leon and Virginia A. (Joslin) Taylor.  

Walter received his early education and attended college in Texas. 

 As a young man, he settled in Boston and worked for the Commonwealth of Mass. as a Data Specialist with the Dept. of Social Services.  He retired from the department in 2019 after 30 plus years of service.  

He married Dorothy L. (Kinney) and raised two children. Walter was a resident of the Boston area for over 41 years where he is remembered by many as a very good friend and neighbor.  

In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by his sister, Rebecca Ann Adams. He is survived by his two children, V. Annie Buroumaneh and Michael Taylor, four grandchildren, and his former wife, Dorothy L. Taylor, all of Slidell, Louisana. He is also survived by two nephews, David and Daniel Adams.

Services for Walter were private. 

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Mary Frances Morris

Verizon Retiree Who Took Great Pride in Her Irish Heritage

Mary Frances Morris of Reading passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 25.

The beloved wife of 52 years of Lawrence G. Morris, she was born in Boston, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents, the late Patrick J. and Nora (O’Sullivan) Clinton. Mary was raised as an only child; however she had a younger brother, John P. Clinton, who died in infancy.

Mary was proud to have been raised and educated in Chelsea.  For twenty-four years she worked for Verizon, formerly known as the New England Telephone Company. She was a member of the IBEW Local 2222 Boston.   She was very proud that her family followed in her footsteps and are employees of Verizon also.

Mary took great pride in her Irish heritage.  In her retirement years, she traveled a lot throughout the country.  She also enjoyed her memorable car rides to Revere Beach and York, ME with the family.  She was a happy person who always viewed her glass as half full.  Her family also described her as forgiving, proud, private, having a sense of humor, and who could have guessed-her favorite food was a baked potato!

In addition to her beloved husband, Larry, Mary is survived by her children who meant the world to her: Lawrence P. Morris of Reading, Brian C. Morris of Methuen and Kristen McGuinness and her husband, Richard of Stoneham.  She was the loving grandmother of Brittnay, Ryan, Kaitlyn and Kevin.

A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held today, Thursday, June 1st at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Parish, Wakefield followed by private interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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