Was Eucharistic Minister, taught CCD at St. Theresa’s

Published in the December 7, 2017 edition

NORTH READING — Mary E. (Desmond) Collins, 87, of North Reading and formerly of Sudbury and Belmont, died at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Collins.

Born in Cambridge on July 16, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Timothy and Grace (Casey) Desmond. She was raised and attended school in Belmont. Mary worked as a jewelry sales associate at Jordan Marsh in Peabody for over 15 years.

Mary had been a resident of North Reading for the past 42 years. She was an active member of St. Theresa’s Church where she taught CCD and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved family, music, sewing, cooking, knitting, swimming, refinishing furniture and time at the beach.

Family members include her loving children, Donna Kimmel of Florida, Mark Collins and his wife Lee Ann of Sudbury, Brian Collins and his wife Maria of Wilmington, Pat Dolan and her husband Rick of Methuen, Elaine Collins and her wife Donna Pappalardo of Wakefield, Lisa Collins and David Collins, both of North Reading; grandchildren, Chris Kimmel and his wife Amanda, Sean Kimmel and his wife Christy, Timothy Collins, Mark Collins, Jr., Gabrielle Collins, Megan Collins, Stephen Collins, Caitlin Collins, Daniel Collins; great-grandchildren, Kate and Emily Kimmel; and her brother, Robert Desmond and his wife Ruth of Belmont. She was also the sister of the late Paul, Jean and James Desmond and Nancy Herdecker and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was held from Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, December 5, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street, North Reading. Calling hours were held on Monday, December 4. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., No. 19, Malden, MA 02148 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. www.croswellfuneralhome.com.