Southborough – Josephine Gray Galligan, 85, of Southborough, died Thursday, March 20, 2014. Born in 1928 in County Sligo to Hubert (Hughie) Gray of Barroe North and Mary Anne Keaveney of Drumderry, Ireland, she emigrated to Springfield in 1956. Wife of the late Gerard Galligan, she moved to Southborough, where she resided until her death. Dear friend of the late Father Eymard Galligan, their home was ever a place of hospitality.
The eldest of four siblings, Josephine is survived by her sister, Monica Gray Nelson of Madeleine Island, Wis., and her brother, Hubert B. Gray and his wife Joan Sullivan Gray of Braintree. She wa predeceased by her sister, Margaret Gray O”Brien, wife of the late Jack O”Brien of Stony Brook, Long Island. She also leaves behind her brother-in-law, Clem Galligan of Maryland; nieces, Christine Galligan of Maryland, Suzanne Galligan of Glens Falls, N.Y., Jacqueline Nelson of Delta Junction, Alaska, Cindy Strauman of? Duluth, Minn., Goretta Walsh of Dublin, Ireland, Christine Gray-Mullen of Amherst, and Nola Gray of Portland, Or., as well as and nephews Michael Galligan of? Maryland, John Galligan of? Philadelphia, John J. Nelson of Texas, and Brian and Troy Nelson of? Madeleine Island, Wis.; beloved great-grandnieces and nephews? in the United States, Ireland, and Luxembourg; and innumerable dear cousins and? beloved friends.
Visiting hours will be held Monday, March 24, from 4 – 7 p.m., at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. (Route 30), Southborough. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Tuesday, March 25, at 11 a.m., at St. Anne Church in Southborough. Burial will take place in St. Peter's Cemetery on the following weekend in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Donations in Josephine's memory may be made to charities representing her great love of animals, including the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Alley Cats, as well as Satha Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature in Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo, Ireland.
To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit www.morrisfuneralparlor.com.