Wilmington Woman Was Substitute Teacher, Worked at Nursery School

Mary Constance Law, 71, passed away on Monday, July 7.

Mary Constance Law, 71. Photo: Nichols Funeral Home
Mary Constance Law, 71. Photo: Nichols Funeral Home
The following is an obituary courtesy of Nichols Funeral Home.

Mary Constance (Kelleher) Law, fondly known as “Connie” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 7, 2014, she was 71 years old.

Connie was born on May 17, 1943, in Haverhill, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher. Connie was raised and educated in Haverhill and was a graduate of St. James High School with the Class of 1961. Connie went on to earn her degree from Lowell State College in 1965.

On July 31, 1966, Connie married the love of her life Richard “Rich” Law. Connie and Rich moved to Wilmington in 1968 where they raised four beautiful daughters. Connie’s love and devotion to her family was always unconditional. Connie was very involved in her girl’s lives; she spent many years as a girl scout leader and had great times on fun camping and field trips with her girls as well as the other adventurous leaders. Connie, Rich, and their girls enjoyed traveling, having fun, and making great memories to be shared with her grandchildren. Connie always said that her greatest joys and treasures were her four loving and devoted daughters and sons-in-law and her nine fantastic grandchildren.

Connie was also a hard worker who had a lot of kindness towards others; for many years Connie taught at the Millbrook Nursery School and substituted in the Wilmington School System, she loved the kids and they loved her. In 1985, Connie went to work at St. Ann’s Home in Methuen, where she especially enjoyed stocking the Point Store for the students and where she worked with many wonderful and caring people.

In her spare time, Connie’s hobbies included reading, crocheting blankets that she made for family and friends, gardening, traveling, and attending as many of her grandchildren activities that she could get to without getting lost.

Connie was a woman of great faith, who loved God and her church. Connie was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years. It was with her deep faith that Connie found the strength and courage to face her illness, always fighting and never giving up.

Connie will be remembered as a soft spoken, caring, patient lady who had a heart of gold. Connie’s devotion to her family and friends was always evident with everything she did. Connie was truly an amazing woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Connie was the beloved wife of the late Richard J. Law, devoted mother of Eleen Smalley & her husband Daniel of Wilmington, Beth Magliano & her husband James of Pelham, NH, Kate Ryan & her husband Fred and Anne Murray & her husband James all of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Alyssa and Daniel Smalley, Patrick and Anna Magliano, Conor, Donovan and Julia Ryan, Andrew and Jonathan Murray, cherished daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher, dear sister of Daniel T. Kelleher & his late wife Louise of Dover, NH, Margaret A. “Peggy” Pistone & her husband Robert of Bradford and the late Paul G. Kelleher, loving sister-in-law of Gerry Danforth & her late husband Don of Haverhill. Connie is also survived by many dearly loved cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and many kind and close friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 11th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 10th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Connie’s name may be made to the Wilmington Food Pantry, 142 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com


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