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Judith A. (Ferrini) Rooney, 79, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, October 11, at her home in Onset.  Judith was the wife of Philip A. Rooney for 58 years.  She was born in Brockton the daughter of the late Dr. Peter Ferrini and Gladys Mae (Creamer) (Ferrini) Devlin.

She attended Brockton Public Schools, graduated from Brockton High School,  and Brockton Beauty Academy.  A self-employed cosmetologist, Mrs. Rooney owned and operated Judy’s Beauty Shop in Onset.

She was a member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She is the past Worthy Advisor of Brockton Assembly #20, a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color, a Past Mother Advisor of Wareham Assembly #56 and a past State Grand Deputy for 10 years.  She loved being a homemaker and enjoyed traveling, going to the movies, dining, and socializing with family and friends who will truly miss her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children; David A. Rooney and his fiancé Charlotte Jones of Buzzards Bay and Rhonda A. Cushing and her husband Mark of Wareham.  She was the grandmother of of Maxwell, Alicia, Taylor, Joshua and Meghan.  She was the half-sister of Peter Ferrini and his wife Gloria of San Antonio, Texas.  She was the sister-in-law of Diane C. (Rooney) Landerholm and her husband Carl of Brockton.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


WESTFORD- Carolyn L. (Moores) Walters, 80, a resident of Westford and former longtime Chelmsford resident passed away on Sunday September 25, 2016. Born in Boston on June 23, 1936, she was a daughter of John C. and Anne S. (Frausel) Moores. Carolyn was raised in Billerica, having graduated from Howe High School in 1954. She was very active at school having been a member of the National Honor Society, a class officer and a cheerleader. She enjoyed gardening and was a proud active member and past President of the Lazy Daisy Garden Club in Chelmsford since 1973. She was a 60 year member of the Grand Chapter MA Order of Eastern Star in Everett, MA. Carolyn was also a past Worthy Advisor for the Rainbow Girls Billerica chapter. She captured many special moments in her life with her photography and writing was her passion, especially short stories. Carolyn was a former owner of Elizabeth Anne’s Victorian Tea Room in North Chelmsford. She is survived by her four sons and their families, William D. Walters and Norma of Andover, David J. Walters and his wife, Kim of Andover, Richard J. Walters of Nashua, Scott A. Walters and his wife, Nancy of Pepperell; five grandsons, Justin, Ryan, Blake, Jared, Jacob; four great grandchildren; her twin sisters, Deborah Avery and Bonnie Moores-Charle both of Roswell, GA; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Moores of Anchorage, AK and Annette Moores of Chelmsford. She is survived by many dear friends and family including her former husband James Walters, Jr. of Truro, Nova Scotia and her former daughters-in-law Suzanne Walters of Kentucky and Debra Walters of Westford. She was the sister of the late Jack and Robert Moores. Visitation will be held on Friday September 30, 2016 from 4 until 8 PM in the BLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen Street, CHELMSFORD. Interment will be held privately. For those who wish, donations in loving memory of Carolyn may be made to: Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts Street, Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458 or by visiting www.arthritis.org.


Florence I. (Barrett) James, age 94, a longtime Natick resident, died peacefully early Saturday morning at Overlook Masonic Health Care Center in Charleton. She was the devoted wife of the late Frank E. James for 44 years. The James family settled in Natick in 1956, and Florence set about creating a warm and loving home for her growing family. A life member of the Aurora Chapter #9 of the Eastern Star, Florence enjoyed her time as a Mother Advisor with the Natick Rainbow Girls #28. Relatives and friends may visit with Florence’s family at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Tuesday, Sept 29th from 4 – 7PM. She will be laid to rest next to her husband on Wednesday at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Florence’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Make A Wish. 



NEWMAN, Florence C. Of Carlisle, MA, died on June 30, 2016, after a prolonged battle with cancer. She passed in the comfort of her own home with her family beside her, at the age of 81. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1934, she was the daughter of Herald and Florence Reigner (Long) of Roselle, New Jersey. She attended Roselle Schools, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and was a member of the Rainbow Girls. After graduating from Abraham Clark High School in 1952, she began working for the Prudential Insurance Company. During this time, she started what was to become for her and her family, a 76 year tradition that is carried on today; spending as much of the summer as possible at a remote family cabin on her beloved Eagle Crag Lake in New York's Adirondack Mountains. In 1954 she married Austin, and arrived for the first time in Massachusetts where the couple lived in Billerica. Years later she found out her first married home was only a short distance from the Carlisle town line. In 1955, they returned to New Jersey. Over the course of the next nine years Florence was to take her expanding family to live in the Netherlands and then to Germany. A job change in 1964 brought the family back to Carlisle which became their primary home for the next 52 years, not including extended stays in New Jersey, as well assignments to the Netherlands and Florida. While in Carlisle, Florence attended the Carlisle Congregational Church, sang in the choir and participated in the Every Ready and the Ladies Friendship Circle. As an avid painter, Florence honed her artistic skills in the Dutch style of painting called, Hindeloopen and produced "many a work of art" that she sold at church craft fairs or gave as gifts to friends and family. Ever an example to her children, she was a Girl Scout and 4H Leader. Florence retired to Carlisle in 1996 became a member of several book clubs, volunteered for the Carlisle Council on Aging and the American Heart Association. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Florence Newman is survived by her husband of 61 years, Austin C. Newman of Carlisle, MA, her (4) daughters and (1) son and their spouses: Susan and Robert Burnock of Seekonk, MA, Kathryn and James Whitney of Hudson, NH., Wendy and Paul Sanderson of Westford, MA, Bonnie Jean and James Kuras of Francestown, NH and Daniel and Heather Newman of Merrimack, NH; her (17) grandchildren and (10) great-grandchildren. A private service will be held for family.


Barbara D. (Jackson) Simmons, 87, of Fall River, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife for over sixty-five years to Charles R. Simmons.

Barbara was born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Robert S. and Lillian P. (Brickhill) Jackson. She was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School class of 1945. Mrs. Simmons worked for various dental offices as a Dental Assistant. Barbara then worked for Hathaway Funeral Service as a coordinator for many years. She was a lifelong member at the former Saint John Episcopal Church in Fall River.

She was very active at one time with the Altar Guild, the Zeta's and Co-Weds Couples Clubs. She was a former member of the Triangle Squares. Mrs. Simmons was a devoted member of the Fall River Assembly #22 International Order of Rainbow Girls. She served on the advisory board, as a Mother advisor, past Chairman of the Grand Scholarship Committee and past Grand Deputy in this area. Barbara was the editor of RACOM, the official Rainbow Magazine of Massachusetts. She enjoyed the time she spent with her family and friends and doing needlepoint.

Survivors besides her husband are her beloved daughter: Holly E. Deane and her husband Ralph of Fall River, MA; along with three nephews and their wives all who reside in Connecticut. She was the sister of the late Robert Jackson.

All Services for Mrs. Simmons are Private at the request of the family.

Memorial donations in her memory can be made to Massachusetts Rainbow, P.O. Box 8275, Lowell, MA 01853.


GRIFFIN, Gloria A. (Gummeson) 86, of Medford, died Tuesday at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Medford, to the late Gunnar and Levinia (Miller) Gummeson, Mrs. Griffin had been an area resident all her life. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Shriners "motor patrol" and was on the advisory board for Rainbow Girls for 14 years. Mrs. Griffin attended the First Community United Methodist Church in Medford and loved to spend time with her family. The widow of Robert Griffin she was also pre-deceased by her brother Clive Gummeson and sister Virginia Johansen. Mrs. Griffin is survived by two daughters; Holly Quinn of Medford and Lynn Sousa-MacKenzie of Tewksbury, two sisters; Peggy Faulkner of Medford, and Betty Noyes of Maryland. There are 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday February 26th from 4 to 7 pm at the Beals, Geake, and Magliozzi Funeral Home, 29 Governors Ave. Medford, A Funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday February 27th at the First Community United Methodist Church at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery.


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