Somerville/Medford Remembering Mary Ellen (Moriarty) Ward

Mary Ellen (Moriarty) Ward, of Somerville, formerly of Kenmare,Co. Kerry, Ireland, age 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by love and family on May 19, 2022.

Beloved wife of the late Dennis J. Ward. Loving mother of Anne Marie Ward Scribner and her husband Daniel of Hanover, Mary Ellen Tiano of Chelmsford, Kathleen Rose Kumar and her husband Rajinder of Medford and Dennis J. Ward of Somerville.
Devoted sister of John Moriarty and his wife Margaret of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Joseph Moriarty and his late wife Elizabeth of West Roxbury and Anna Lynch and her late husband Michael of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland, the late Michael Moriarty of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland, the late Patrick Moriarty and wife Joan of Walpole and the late Daniel Moriarty of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Cherished grandmother of Mary-Kate, Michael-Krishna, Megan, Maggie, Brian, Kathleen-Neelam and Peter.
Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members both here in the US and in Ireland.
Lifelong friend of Ted and Kay O’Shea of Gloucester and longtime friend and neighbor of William Murphy.
Born in Kenmare Co. Kerry, Ireland, daughter of the late Joseph and Annie (O’Sullivan) Moriarty. At the age of 17, Mary emigrated to the US on December 7, 1947. She was sponsored by her aunt Nora (O’Sullivan) Downing and her husband John of Roslindale.
Mary lived in various parts of the Boston area. While living in Cambridge she worked at Stop & Shop in Davis Square, Somerville. Here she met her future husband, Dennis. Mary and Dennis married in November 1966. Soon after, they started their family.
While her focus was raising her children, Mary also volunteered at St. Clement Parish and school where her children attended, instilling in them the importance of faith, family, and education.
When her children were older Mary re-entered the work force joining the Somerville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Program where she worked for many years, made many friends, and retired.
In 1984, 20 years since her last visit, Mary brought her children on her dream trip to meet all their Irish relatives in Kenmare. This laid the foundation and created strong family bonds for her children with their Irish family and many more visits to Ireland. Instilling this importance of family history, Mary’s children have created opportunities for Mary’s seven grandchildren to visit and appreciate their Irish heritage and forge lifelong family connections.
Mary is known for her famous St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Everyone is welcome because we are all Irish on that day! As word spread and attendance grew, the tradition of hosting the party passed on to her children. On May 19, 2022, after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration was the largest attended dinner to date. Mary enjoyed a long day filled with her children, grandchildren, friends, and lively Irish music.
Mary was generous with her time and talents, always giving, willing to help, and never asked for anything in return. She loved to talk, give advice, and share her opinions. She loved animals and had many over the years including grand pets.
Think of Mary when you visit Kenmare, watch Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune, eat a York Peppermint Patty, enjoy a meal at Jimmy’s Steer House, spoil your grandchildren, give unsolicited advice, question other’s fashion choices, and love those around you unconditionally.
Funeral procession from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powderhouse Sq.) Somerville, Wednesday morning at 10am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Clement Church, Somerville at 11:00 am. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl, Brookline, MA 02445.

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