Mary (Slattery) Boland

  • Born: October 17, 1927
  • Died: February 1, 2020
  • Location: Bradford, Massachusetts

Driscoll Funeral Home

309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Tel. (978) 374-0000

Tribute & Message From The Family

BRADFORD - The gates of heaven opened for Mary A. (Slattery) Boland on February 1, 2020. If one's impact could be measured by the totality of love that a person expresses toward another, then Mary completed her earthly journey with a bountiful harvest. Through her selfless actions, she taught her family the principles by which they live.

Mary was born October 17, 1927 to Joseph and Kathleen (Smith) Slattery of Lowell, MA. She was the sister of Ellen H. Scannell, Joseph J. Slattery Jr., her twin, John P. Slattery, and Charles J. Slattery. Mary was the wife of William P. Boland Jr. for sixty years and matriarch to their family. She embraced these roles with grace and dignity. Mary lived life to its fullest weaving a tale of love, joy, family, and faith.

Mary graduated from Lowell High School, where she proudly served as a Major in the Girl Officers, an organization of leadership dating back decades in Lowell's history. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lowell State Teachers College, in 1949, and began her exemplary career. Mary taught elementary school at Sacred Hearts in Bradford, where she was a parishioner, and in the Haverhill Public Schools for many wonderful years. She loved to tell stories about family, friends, and the places she traveled. Lowell, Haverhill, and Cape Cod were some of her many "treasures".

Mary's love reached so many, especially her family and extended family. She leaves her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kathleen and Mark St. Jean, Kristine St. Jean, Monica and Christopher Kelley, Courtney (Kelley) and Michael Munroe, Charlie Munroe, Joey Munroe, Julie Kelley, Daniel and Jacqueline (Pereira) Kelley, William and Fran Boland, Maria (Boland) and Ryan Cantwell, Avery Cantwell, Rachel Boland, John Boland, Joseph and Susan Boland, Joseph Boland Jr., Caroline Boland, Lindsey Boland, Ellen and Bruce Powers, Jacqueline (Powers) and Greg Vlahos, Corinne Vlahos, Ashlene Vlahos, Elise (Powers) and Colin Bradley, Beau Bradley, Gwendolyn Powers, Julie and Mark Haley, Mary Haley, Brian Haley, Mary and Robert Kaiser, and Shannon Kaiser. Mary also leaves her brother Charles and his wife Brenda Slattery, extended family of Joseph and Kathleen Slattery, extended family of William and Mary (Linnehan) Boland, and all those whose lives she touched.

Mary's family will be eternally grateful to Cheryl Lupi for offering weekly Eucharist and praying with Mary, in her home; and to her compassionate caregivers, Dorothy Nalumansi and Marie Auguste, who gave so much of their love.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 6 in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 So. Main Street, Bradford at 1:00 PM. Please meet directly at the church. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Haverhill. Contributions in Mary's memory may be made to Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115, the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation Inc., PO Box 428, Dracut, MA 01826,, or the charity of your choice. A fitting mission of the JM Big Heart Foundation is to empower children to spread love, kindness, and compassion. Arrangements by Driscoll Funeral Home, Haverhill. For guestbook, visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Boland Family;
Thinking of you all during this sad time and reflecting back to my youth on Chandler street when your parents were so generous allowing me to go to the Cape with my best friend Joe each summer. Great times and again your Mom was so welcoming despite the chaos of a large family. Lots of fun times in the neighborhood and good memories. So Thank you Mrs. Boland and the entire family.

Posted by David Kelleher - Newburyport, MA - Neighbor   February 08, 2020

My personal condolences to each of you. Yesterday's funeral was a beautiful tribute to your mom. The Boland family has been a shining star of inspiration and a blessing to all who know you. God bless Mary, First Lady of Crowell Road beach. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Phil Poli - Yorktown, NY - Friend   February 07, 2020

Sorry for the loss of Mary Slattery Boland. She was a very special person that we had ro visit with on our way to Hampton Beach. Bill and Mary was a match made in heaven and they are now back in heaven together. Our prayers go out to this family
Cheers Ed & Carole Daly

Posted by Ed & Carole Daly - Naples, FL   February 07, 2020

Aunt Mary,It was a quite a day.. got to see all our wonderful cousins.. that we spent so much time with as young children.. and it was a bit stormy.. RIP will so miss that wonderful laugh and voice..

Posted by Phiip & Lynne Scannelll - Gloucester, MA - Family   February 07, 2020

Sorry to hear today that Mary had passed away. As a Crowell Beach neighbor we have known Mary since 1978. Our thought and prayers are with all the family.

Posted by Bob and Ronnie Brown - Venice, FL - Friend   February 06, 2020

Sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the Boland family

Posted by Jay Catoggio - Bradford, MA - Friend   February 06, 2020

A great teacher who helped me start my career. Forever in our hearts.

Posted by Judi Zaino - Bradford, MA - Friend   February 06, 2020

To all the Bolands, You are on my mind as you bid your final goodbye to your special mother. Her obituary shines with the enormous love you all shared. Bill and Mary created a beautiful family; you were truly blessed!
Loving thoughts and fond Boland-O'Brien memories, Judi Grant

Posted by judith grant - Family Friend   February 05, 2020

The entire Boland Family were the best relatives anyone could ever ask for. Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary were awesome to all of us. Sad to receive the telephone call but so happy that they all were and are a very big part of our lives....My thoughts and prayers to our many close cousins... The Scannell Family .Lowell, Massachusetts.... many memories at South Loring Street Highlands

Posted by Dennis Scannell - Lowell, MA   February 05, 2020

To the entire Boland family,
Sorry to hear about your Mom, she was an amazing woman and thankfully left you with wonderful memories. She will be missed. Love, Kathleen "diene" Donnellon

Posted by Kathleen Donnellon Dziadzio - Saco, ME - Family Friend   February 05, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother and father always treated me like family. I will never forget their kindness. Such a great family.

Posted by Dan Chabot - Newburyport, MA - Family Friend   February 05, 2020

Our hearts are heavy with sadness but all of the wonderful memories remind us how lucky we are to have had such a wonderful person in our lives. Lots of laughter and great stories over the years will keep Mary with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Bolands. Much love. Terry and Becky

Posted by Becky Gaisford Milka - Simsbury, CT - friend   February 04, 2020

Mary will be sadly missed by our family .She was a part of our neighborhood for all the years that Bill and I came to live here In West Yarmouth on Lewis Bay Rd . . She always had a smile and a pleasant hello .

Posted by Elaine Hough - West Yarmouth, MA - Neighbor   February 04, 2020

Joe and Sue
Your lovely Mom was a very special lady. So full of life and love. I used to look forward to Tuesday's volunteering in her class. We had a lot of fun. She was wonderful and kind to the kids.
Your Dad will be so happy to have her back with him again. May your beautiful memories warm your hearts

Posted by Mary O'Mullane - Bradford, MA - Friend   February 04, 2020

So sorry for your family's loss. Your family is so large and full of laughter and fun. She did a great job raising you all. She's looking down very proud ❤

Posted by Cathy Duff - Haverhill, MA - Friend   February 04, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire Boland family. You are in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Dawn Caputo - Emerald Isle, NC - Teacher   February 04, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to the Boland Family

Posted by Jeanne A Renken - Methuen, MA - Friend   February 03, 2020

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