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Mary Ann (McNamara) Boylan (1854-1955)

MRS . MARY ANN BOYLAN HAS 100th BIRTHDAY - Mrs. Mary Ann Boylan, enjoyed a memorable day on September 22, when she observed her 100th birthday at a rest home on Pleasant street . Arrangements for the observance were made by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Adeline Boylan, 180 Walnut street

She received many appropriate gifts and a large birthday cake was the centerpiece on the serving table. Some 30 patients at the home enjoyed cake and ice cream from Mrs. Boylan. Town Manager Robert J. M. O'Hare brought greetings from the townspeople, and presented a message of congratulation, signed by William J. O'Brien, Arthur H. Dykeman, Edward Lindelof, Russell Hayden and Ralph Lehan, members of the board of selectmen.

Mrs. Boylan was thrilled to receive a personal message from Cardinal Spellman, offering heartfelt congratulations and good wishes on this happy occasion, and asking God to bless her and those dear to her. The cardinal added a postscript that his own father in Whitman was 96 today.

A gift was received from Col. Vincent Boylan, her grandson, who is stationed in Japan . A son, William, came on from New York to spend the day with his mother. Mr. and Mrs. James McNamara and family and Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. McNamara and family of Stoughton and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McNamara of North Easton , all close relatives, also called on Mrs. Boylan.

Mrs. Boylan is Stoughton 's oldest living resident. She was born here Sept. 23, 1854 and attended the old Dry Pond school. She enjoys good health, and retains possession of all her faculties. She keeps up with the times through the press and radio and a keen memory can take her back over the days to her childhood.

The family of Mrs. Mary Boylan wish to express their appreciation for flowers, cards and gifts, which all helped to make her day a very happy occasion.

[Source: The Stoughton Chronicle and News Sentinel, 30 September 1954].


Mrs. Boylan Dies at 100

Mrs. Mary Ann Boylan, 100, this town's oldest resident died recently at a local nursing home.  She formerly resided at 137 Water street with her husband, the late Thomas J. Boylan.

Mrs. Boylan was born in Stoughton Sept. 23, 1854 , daughter of William and Mary Ann [McNamara], and attended the old Dry Pond school.  She was a home-loving person and had few outside activities, and although she had been in the rest home for several years, she was in good health and retained possession of all her faculties.

On the occasion of her 100th birthday, she was feted at a celebration at the rest home with Town Manager Robert O'Hare bringing greetings from the townspeople and he presented her a message of congratulation signed by the board of selectmen.

Mrs. Boylan is survived by a son, William [F.] Boylan of Mattituck, N. Y. and a grandson, Col. Vincent L. Boylan, stationed with the Army at Ft. Knox , Ky.

The funeral was held Monday at 8 A. M. from the funeral home, 111 Monk street , followed by a requiem high Mass in the Immaculate Conception church at 9.  Interment was in the Holy Sepulchre cemetery, Stoughton .

[Sources: The Stoughton Chronicle and News Sentinel, 30 June 1955]

I would personally like to thank Roy Boylan of Millerville, Pennsylvania  for the above material and photo of his great-grandmother.

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