Mary Elizabeth (Duwan) Cameron of Bourne passed away peacefully on September 29th at the Seasons Hospice in Milton MA. Mary was born in Brighton MA, on February 11, 1933 to the late Joseph John
Duwan of Boston and Madeline V (Finnegan) Duwan of Danvers MA. Mary was the 2nd oldest of five children. She had one older brother, Joseph Jr., a younger brother, Richard, and two younger sisters, Ann Loughran and Madeline Duwan. Mary was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
After graduating from Boston State Teachers College, Mary taught in the Boston School system until she married Donald F Cameron of Laconia NH in 1957. They settled in Scituate, MA, where they raised 3 boys, Donald Jr, Stephen, and Paul, and attended St Francis X Cabrini Parish. Mary was devoted to her Catholic faith, attending Mass regularly.
For years she focused on her family until the Blizzard of 1978, when she went to work for the state in helping with disaster recovery for the town. Mary then went to work for South Shore Elder services as an outreach worker and case manager. In 1993 the MA Office of Elder Affairs recognized Mary for the exemplary efforts in assisting seniors in finding congregate housing and assisting the elderly. Mary retired in 1998. Don and Mary moved in 1991 from Scituate to Milton MA., and purchased a summer home in Hyannisport, where they spent their summers. In 2004, they retired to their Brookside home in Bourne MA. Don and Mary loved to travel. They had the opportunity to travel to Europe several times, the Canadian Rockies and frequently to Hawaii to visit their grandchildren, and to celebrate Paul’s marriage to Evangeline Paz in 2009. Don passed away in May 2011.
Mary’s son, Stephen and Kathryn (Honkanen) Cameron gave Mary four grandchildren: Meghan Rose (1984), Brendan Douglas (1985), Rachael Ann (1986) and Michael Ryan (1987). Don Jr and Katherine Sullivan of Hanover MA soon added to the grandchildren experience with Molly Caoilainn (1998) and Ryan Patrick (2000). Don and Mary loved entertaining their grandchildren in Hyannisport with trips to the beach and cookouts.
Meghan Rose and Nick Shively of Alexandria VA, provided Mary with her first great grandchild, Elizabeth Cathryn Shively in 2017. Brendan and Nicole Cameron of Attleboro MA, came in at a close 2nd with Mary’s first great grandson, Stephen Fitzgerald Cameron a few months later. Mary loved spending time with her family, to her it was one of her greatest joys.
In later years she resided at the Allerton House in Hingham MA, where the staff welcomed her and entertained her. The caring and kindness she received from this facility was extraordinary. Sadly as Alzheimer’s started to affect her memory she moved to Bridges in Pembroke MA. Again the staff provided an outstanding level of support and care in her daily life. Mary’s family is grateful for the attention she received at both facilities.
A funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 12 Noon, October 19, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth MA. Mary will join her husband, Donald, at the Bourne National Cemetery following the Mass.
In Lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Dementia Society of America, P O Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 (800.336.3684 or at dementiasociety.org).