A Funeral Mass for Mary Rita McHugh, 77, will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 10:30 AM, in the Church of Saint Patrick, 212 Main Street, Watertown
Ms. McHugh, a daughter of the late Martin and Nora A. (Forde) McHugh, was born in Watertown. She was a lifelong resident of the town and a graduate of Saint Patrick Grammar School and Watertown High School. She was appointed to the staff of the Watertown Free Public Library in 1965 and retired as a Librarian Assistant in 1989. After her retirement, her concern for the library initiated a successful run for the position of Trustee of the Watertown Free Public Library.
In past years, concerned for the town and the residents of the town, especially the elderly, Ms. McHugh ran and was elected a Town Meeting Member and later ran a successful campaign for a seat on the Board of the Watertown Housing Authority. Througout the years candidates for public office would seek her valuable endorsement for their campaigns This dedication and activism continued throughout her life until failing health would slow her down. She died on Friday, July 10, 2009, in the Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge.
Ms. McHugh was also a lifelong member of Saint Patrick Parish where she taught in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine program, was active in the Legion of Mary, and volunteered at St. Patrick Food Pantry.
She was the dear sister of the late James McHugh, Martin McHugh, Thomas McHugh, George McHugh, Francis McHugh and John McHugh.
The Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday at 10:30 AM in the Church of Saint Patrick. Calling hours will be in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St., on Route 20, Watertown, on Tuesday, July 14th from 4-7 PM. Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend. Interment services will be at a later time at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Watertown Boys & Girls Club, 25 Whites Ave., Watertown, MA 02472 or to St. Patrick Food Pantry, 26R Chestnut St., Watertown, MA 02472.
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