June 12, 1947 - January 8, 2017
Sharon, Massachusetts | Age 69
Ann-Marie (Dempsey) McGrath, age 69, passed away in her Sharon, Massachusetts home on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Born in Boston on June 12, 1947, she was the daughter of the late M. Joseph and Rose Teresa (Daly) Dempsey. She was raised in Roslindale and graduated from Roslindale High School with the Class of 1965.
In the early 80s, Ann-Marie began working as a teacher at the Head Start Preschool in Roslindale. She earned her degree from Wheelock College in 1986 and retired in the early 90s as the head teacher of the preschool. In 1996, Ann-Marie left Roslindale, settling into her new home in Sharon.
Ann-Marie was an avid collector of snow globes, that she displayed throughout her home, and loved watching the birds in her yard. She enjoyed gardening and took great pride in her vegetable and flowers that she grew every year. With having a mild obsession with the weather, Ann-Marie always made sure to have the current farmer almanac at hand to comparing the listings to her own barometer, which she used to determine the best time to start her growing season. She loved cooking and used some of her vegetables in the fantastic meals that she made for her whole family to enjoy together. As a woman with four daughters, she made an annual pilgrimage to Louise May Alcott's Orchard House in Concord. Family meant everything to Ann-Marie, she spent every holiday with her daughters and their families and looked forward to her trip to yearly trip to Salem, as Halloween was her absolute favorite holiday. She enjoyed her down time too, playing with her dogs, Bridget and Brendan. However, more than anything, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them various crafts. She will be forever remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and wit, as well as being the one who always had the answers to Jeopardy.
Loving mother of Pamela A. Somers and her husband Martin of Sharon, Ann-Marie Diaz and her husband Nelson of North Attleboro, Jill P. Montgomery and her husband Jonathan of Norton, and Katie L. White and her husband Bryan of Woburn.
Cherished grandmother of Sean, Ryan, Nelson, Anna, Jake, Jonathan, and Peyton.
Sister of Kathleen Yout of Hyde Park, Corrine McGee of Mansfield, and the late Edward Dempsey.
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Ann-Marie's Life Celebration on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 5-8 PM and Friday, January 13, 2017 from 9-9:20 AM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 59 Cottage Street, Sharon on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Saint Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury.