Let there be no doubt that Mary Lou Helena (Burke) DePalma is today sitting on the beach in the heavens with a good book by her side. Other than the love and joy of being with her 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren, the beach is where she would choose to be.
Her family announces her sudden passing this weekend.
“Marie”, as her daughters lovingly called her, was born in Newton, MA on June 26, 1949, and graduated with the class of ’67 from Wakefield HS. Mary is survived by her father, Robert J. Burke, and her five brothers and a sister: Michael, Cynthia MacDonald (Kevin), Timothy, Daniel (Susan), and Robert (Eileen). She was predeceased by her mother, Agnes, and her brothers Thomas, Jack (Hector) and Kevin.
Formerly married to Jerry L. DePalma, Mary lived for 44 years in Mashpee, where she raised the loves of her life: Kristen M. Pauli (Scott), San Diego, and Mikki J. Hayes (Scott), Franklin, MA. She leaves behind “her girls” and their 8 children. She loved her family and friends more than anything else. She will be terribly missed by all. If you had the chance to meet Mary you couldn't help but become friends with her. She was one of a kind.
Mary loved music and she so enjoyed dancing; and there was certainly plenty of both at Woodstock and all the other shows she saw. She loved to play in her garden and relax with a good book. Travel was in her blood as she vacationed to 6 continents & some 123 countries. Some of her more favorite destinations included Ireland, an African safari, Hawaii, New Zealand & Australia, Cairo & a Nile River cruise, and on one of her last trips, a Mediterranean cruise with her daughters & granddaughter, Tivoli. And then there were “the beaches”, which would include almost every Caribbean island, and those from Central America to Costa del Sol in Spain. Mary’s career spanned over 25 years with Delta Airlines, and she loved her job and the opportunities to travel to all these distant locations. She retired in 2010.
A celebration of her life will be this Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. (RTE 151), Mashpee, MA.