Mary A. Durand, 82, of Hudson

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Hudson – Mary A. Durand, 82, of Hudson, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 after a long struggle with multiple cancers.

She was a very strong woman who fought hard for a number of years without losing her good nature or sense of humor. She enjoyed tennis in her younger years, then sailing New England with her husband, the late Dick Durand, for many years after.

She was a lifelong resident of Hudson, born on Lake Street, and was a graduate of St. Michael Academy. As well as raising five children, she devoted much time to community work with St Michael’s Parish and Schools. She also worked at the Durand family car dealership in accounting.

She was an avid gardener for many years, and tended large flower beds throughout the growing season at her cherished house on Gospel Hill.

She was a devoted wife of 57 years and a much loved grandmother to her 12 grandchildren. Her family was the center of her life and she was most happy whenever she could spend time with them. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She is survived by her five children, Stephen J. Durand and his wife Doreen of Walpole, N.H., Susan Clancy and her husband David of Canton, Richard G. Durand Jr. and his wife Dianne of Holden, Anne Marie Heffernan and her husband Tom of Bedford, N.H., and Diane Lacerte and her husband Steven of Hudson. She is also survived by her sisters, Mrs. Rita Coyne of Woburn and Mrs. Kay Coleman of West Webster, N.Y.; her brother, Mr. James Kelleher of Cold Springs, Minn.; her 12 loving grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m., at Saint Michael’s Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson. There are no calling hours, and all are invited to honor her by attending the celebration of the Mass at Saint Michael’s Church. Burial will follow in Saint Michael’s Cemetery in Hudson.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., located at 50 Central St., Hudson (www.tighehamilton.com).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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