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ANDOVER — Mildred A. “Millie” (Gray) Sheehan, age 72, a longtime resident of Andover, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Aug. 8. She passed away, after a long illness, with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles J. Sheehan, who died in 1992.

Millie was born in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 11, 1941, a daughter of the late George and Marie (Berrenberg) Gray. She was raised in Needham, Mass., where she graduated from Needham High School. After she was married, Millie and her family lived in Burlington, Mass. before moving to Andover in 1978. As an Andover resident, she was a communicant of St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

Millie devoted her life to being a loving mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren absolutely adored their Nana. In 2006, she retired from the Franciscan Center in Andover, where she had worked as an Administrative Assistant.

She was a faithful Boston Red Sox fan. She loved family vacations, swimming in the ocean at Cape Cod and enjoying a delicious lobster dinner. She always looked forward to going apple picking with her family in the fall.

She is survived by four children, Charles J. Sheehan Jr. of South Hadley, Mass., Christine M. Rees and her husband, Malcolm of Andover, Thomas G. Sheehan and his wife, Karyn (Baker), also of Andover, Matthew J. Sheehan and his fiancee, Sarah Aster of Londonderry, N.H.; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Colleen, Jack, Sam, Connor, Will, Katie, and Clare; a sister, Edith McGuinness of Burlington; and her beloved cat, “Chester."

ARRANGEMENTS: At her request there are no visiting hours. Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 12 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 198 Haggett’s Pond Road, W. Andover, Mass. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, North Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Merrimack Valley V.N.A., 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843, are encouraged. Arrangements are through the Tewksbury Funeral Home.
Published on  August 14, 2014
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