Compassion, Courage, Love
Marlborough – Beverly Ann (Heeley) Amazeen (aka Nana, BevCat, Auntie Bevie, Mum, Hun) lived a remarkable, albeit unassuming life, blessed with love, family and amazing friendships. A 26-year cancer survivor, incredible mother of three, “Nana” of four and devoted wife of 51 years, she died Sunday July 24, 2011, at the age of 74.
Born June 29, 1937, to George and Margaret (June) Heeley, of Southborough, she was raised a devout Catholic, attended the Immaculate Conception Grammar School in Marlborough and St. Michael's Academy in Hudson. She earned her B.A. degree in elementary teaching at Worcester State College in 1959 and earned a Master's degree in counseling from Framingham State College in 1981.
Mrs. Amazeen was a kind, compassionate woman whose ability to love and be loved transcended common levels and she inspired anyone whose life she touched. This unique ability, along with moral and spiritual convictions was a driving force both professionally and personally.
Professionally, she dramatically impacted many lives through her careers as a teacher in the Northborough and Marlborough school districts and as an Area Program Manager/Counselor with the Department of Children and Families and the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network. She was also a talented artist and the longtime President of the Northborough Art Guild. In addition, she taught in the Master's Program at Framingham State College for 15 years.
She is survived by her husband, George of Marlborough; her sons, Curt of Virginia Beach, Va. and Craig and his fiancé Kimberly Weich of Sacramento, Calif.; and her daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Richard Price of Grafton. She also leaves four loving grandchildren, Caelin, Aaron, George and Alex; her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Wayne Prouty of Auburn; her brother and sister-in-law, George and Judi Heeley of Brunswick, Maine; and her beloved golden retriever, Oliver.
The entire family and all of Mrs. Amazeen's close friends want to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Leroy Parker, Dr. Jay Harris, and all the wonderful doctors and nurses of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the visiting hours Wednesday July 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday July 28, at 9 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church, Prospect Street, Marlborough. Burial will follow at Rural Cemetery of Southborough.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute Development Office, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 (Jimmyfund.org/gif) or to the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608.
For online condolences, please visit www.slatteryfuneralhome.com.