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Laurine Phelan, devoted mother, at 95; devoted homemaker

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Published on March 19, 2011 in The Boston Globe, page B10

Laurine Phelan never had a driver’s license. In her hometown of Bristol, Conn., there was no need – her home was a quick walk from her church and the bakery, and later she moved just one street from her parents’ home to raise a family of her own.

Mrs. Phelan, a devoted mother and wife, died March 8 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham after a period of declining health. She was 95.

Born Laurine Cawley, she was baptized in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bristol and attended grade school at the church before attending Bristol High School.

“It was a great life. It was a fantastic town to grow up in,” said her son Kevin, of Wellesley.

She attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., graduating in 1937 with an associate’s degree. She then worked at Bristol Bank and Trust as a teller until she married Hubert Phelan when she was 27. They wed in the church in which she had been baptized.

The pair moved out West for a few years before returning to Bristol, to reside one street away from her parents. Mrs. Phelan stayed home, raising the couple’s three children.

“She was a great mother in the sense that she led by example, not by noise,” her son said.

Mrs. Phelan also gave back to the community, working with the Bristol Girls Club and serving on the local branch of the Visiting Nurses Board.

Her husband died in 1995, and about seven years ago, Mrs. Phelan moved to Framingham to be closer to her children, five of her grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. “It was a great thing for her later in life that she met all the [grand]kids,” her son said.

Besides her son Kevin, Mrs. Phelan leaves another son, Brian, of Wayland; and a daughter, Patricia, of Wellesley.

Services have been held.


Written by jdunccc

March 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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