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Mary Teresa (Hanlon) Small, a longtime resident of Andover, died at Wingate Healthcare Center on Friday, August 22. Her daughters were at her side. Born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on October 22nd, 1925, she was the youngest daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret (Rodgers) Hanlon. Known affectionately as "Babe" to her family, Teresa was a graduate of St Paul's Nursing School Vancouver, Class of 1949. She went on to become a stewardess for Air Canada, where she flew on the DC3s. Her route was the Maritime Provinces, plus Boston. At that time, it was an airline requirement to be a registered nurse before receiving your wings. She met and married William L. "Lefty" Small in 1953. They raised their children in Andover, where she was active in St. Augustine's School Guild and occasionally filled in as school nurse. She had a deep love for all things Irish and Canadian. She was an avid reader and music lover. Even in her later years, she would continue to correct her children's grammar. Mom had a wonderful, quirky sense of humor, a beautiful smile, and great laugh. She was known for her warmth and concern for others. She was a member of St. Augustine's Church in Andover.

She was the loving mother of Patrick L. Small of Haverhill, Edward S. Cote-Small and his wife, Linda, of Belfast, Maine, Eileen M. Small of Barrington, R.I., Margaret M. Small and her husband, John P. Fenton of Barrington, R.I., and Mary Kate Small and her husband, David Dodson of Camden, Maine. Also surviving are her four beloved grandchildren, Ned P. Small of Stoneham, Mass., Alyssa Heffernan and her husband, Ryan, of Arlington, Va., Aislinn Renee Cote-Small of San Francisco, and Mairead Small Staid of Ann Arbor, Mich. She had many adoring nieces and nephews. as well as her sister-in law. Therese Hanlon MacMillan. She was predeceased by her infant daughter. Anne Marie Small.

A deep bow of gratitude to the all the wonderful staff at Wingate Health Center.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends were invited to a funeral Mass on Wednesday, August 27, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph's Church, 20 High Vale Lane, Andover. Friends were invited to call on Tuesday, August 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main St., Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen, Lawrence, MA, or Creative Living Inc. of Andover. For additional information, please visit, www.burkemagliozzi.com.
Published on  August 28, 2014
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