Centerville – Mary M. (Peggy) James, 90 of Centerville passed away with her surviving son Michael at her bedside on November 19, 2018.
Mary was born in Kansas, the third child and only daughter of Irish immigrant Kansas wheat farmers, Thomas and Nellie (Meehan) Rogers. At the age of three Mary moved with her father, mother and two brothers to New Bedford, MA to join her mother’s large, loving extended family.
Mary had a wonderful childhood with many relatives visiting her home and with activities involving her local Catholic church, St. James Parish. Mary attended Catholic school, graduating from high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Fairhaven, MA.
After the end of World War II, Mary met and fell in love with her husband-to-be, Wayne James. Married until Wayne’s death in 2003, they had four sons and lived in several South Shore Massachusetts towns until settling in Centerville in 1967. Mary took great pride in her family, in her friends, and in her home. She was a life-long inspiration to and support of each of her sons. Mary was a school crossing guard for the Centerville Elementary School and an occasional Barnstable Police Department matron. Mary loved her crossing guard duties and stood up to traffic to safely guide the children back and forth across Bumps River Road.
Mary and Wayne enjoyed sail and motor boating on the Centerville River and into Nantucket Sound. Mary was a top notch home decorator and her eye for interior decorating complimented Wayne’s skills for remodeling each of their homes over many years. Recently, Mary made her home at Brookside at Regency assisted living in Centerville where she enjoyed staff and residents alike. She loved each of her caregivers at Brookside. Her family is forever grateful to each of the Brookside caregivers and staff who assisted Mary, as well as the caregivers of Hospice Services of Massachusetts all of whom greatly aided Mary by providing skilled, loving care to her. Mary received excellent, kind medical care from her doctor, Rosa Moncholi, M.D. and from Dr. Moncholi’s staff. Prior to moving to Brookside, Mary received in-home care from wonderful caregivers, including her caregivers from At Home Elder Care.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Wayne (2003) and by three of her four sons: by her youngest son, Andrew (2004), by her oldest son, Mark (2016) and by Chris (2017). Mary dearly missed her departed brothers, John Rogers and Thomas Rogers, her cousin Mary Ellen McKenna and her beloved friends and relatives who died before her. She is survived by her son Michael James and his wife Lorraine James, her daughter-in-law Jane James, her grandson Matthew James, her granddaughter Amanda Badaud, wife of Anthony Badaud, her great grandson, Andrew Badaud, her dear friends, many special nieces, nephews and cousins and her granddog, Gunny.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 South Main Street, Centerville, MA. Burial will be private.