Grace R. (Norton) Carney, of Centerville, formerly of Waltham, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on January 28, 2021. She was 3 months shy of her 90th birthday. Grace was the beloved wife of the late John (Bud) Carney, to whom she was married for 53 years. Grace was the devoted mother to John T. Carney, Jr. of Fernandina Beach, FL; Marybeth Carney of Framingham; Patricia Carney of Lexington; Paul Carney and his wife Lovisa of Osterville; and David Carney of Framingham. She was the loving grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren Patrick Carney, Kelsey Carney, and Olivia Carney, who were the delight of her life. She leaves her sister, Sr. Jane Norton SBS of Philadelphia, PA. Grace was also the sister of the late Mary Ahearn, Ann Norton, Thomas Norton, Philip Norton, and Doris Mckenna. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Carney. Grace is survived by several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Grace was born in Newton to the late Thomas and Grace (Reilly) Norton. She was raised in West Newton and Waltham. Grace graduated in a class of 24 girls from St. Bernard’s High School. After high school Grace continued her education and graduated from Framingham State Teacher’s College in 1952. Grace was a dedicated elementary school teacher in the Waltham Public Schools for 23 years. In 1989 Grace and her husband retired to Cape Cod. During her retirement Grace led a vibrant and active life. Grace enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a gracious hostess who welcomed all into her home. Grace was a woman of faith who attended daily Mass at Our Lady of Victory. With her friends, Grace enjoyed golfing, playing Mahjong, and being part of her book club. She was most proud of her hole in one on the second hole at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course. Grace also volunteered to drive cancer patients for treatments in the Road To Recovery program for 20 years, served meals at Our Lady of Victory Senior Luncheons, assisted at the GIFT program at Our Lady of Victory (OLV) and knitted 75 prayer shawls for the OLV shawl ministry.
Diagnosed with nonsmoker’s lung cancer in 2013, Grace credits Dr. Gary Tratt with giving her 7 additional years of life to enjoy with her family and friends. Grace’s kindness, generous spirit and sense of humor will be missed by her loving family, friends, and neighbors.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday Feb. 8, 2021 at 11 AM in Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville, MA. Visitation will be from 9–10:15 AM prior to mass in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd. Marstons Mills, MA. Burial will be at 12:15 PM in St Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville, MA.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating at the church. The Mass will be livestreamed at http://olvparish.org/livestream. When it is safe to do so, a celebration of life will be held in Grace’s honor.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grace Norton Carney Scholarship at UMass Amherst College of Education. To donate, log onto http://bit.ly/gracecarney. Or send a check, payable to UMass Amherst and note the Grace Norton Carney Scholarship. Mail to: Records and Gifts Processing, UMass Amherst, Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003.
Also donations in Grace’s name may be made to Centerville Public Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632; Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 South Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632; or to a charity of one’s choice. As a final request, Grace has asked that you perform a random act of kindness.