Praxedis Pilon, 85, of Mashpee, passed away suddenly on December 29, 2020. Despite her recent stay at a nursing home, she did not fall victim to the covid-19 pandemic. She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence Pilon, for whom she shared 19 wonderful years of marriage together.
Praxedis, or “Praxi” or “Chevy” as she was affectionately known to many, was born July 21, 1935 in San Andres, a city in the state of Veracruz, Mexico to her parents the late Manuel and Petra (Vela) Fray. In Mexico she grew up in a large family where she was one of eight children. It was while still living in Mexico she met her husband, Lawrence, first through exchanging letters as pen pals of sorts. Praxi moved to America with her husband and in the early 1960s, where she proudly became a United States citizen, the first in her family to do so. After moving to Massachusetts, Praxi attended Elms College, in Chicopee, attaining her bachelor’s degree in social work. She began her career as a college counselor, but later fell into what would be her life’s work, a 14-year career as a passionate and dedicated social worker for DCF in Springfield.
Praxi was a woman of faith, and while she was raised Roman Catholic, after moving to Springfield she became involved with the Church of Latter-Day Saints. While some who convert to another faith seemingly leave their old church behind them, Praxi felt that all fellowship and worship were virtuous and throughout her life she attended both Mormon and Catholic churches, including locally Christ the King Parish where she was involved in the 50+ club and the fitness club. She enjoyed volunteering and supporting various local causes, including the Highfield Hall kitchen, and so many causes that involved helping children in need. Praxi had a wide range of interests, she enjoyed knitting and embroidery, tai chi, fine dining, shopping, and loved rooting for her New England sports teams, the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. More than anything, Praxi loved spending time with her family, and helping those in need.
Praxi is survived by her son Lawrence Pilon, and his wife Trish, of Springfield; her daughter Peggy Eagan, and her husband Sean, of Mashpee; her grandson Ethan Pilon, of Springfield; granddaughters Madison Eagan, of Mashpee, and Isabella Eagan, of Mashpee; as well as many dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins in Mexico City and throughout Mexico. She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence Pilon, and she was the last surviving sibling of her seven brothers and sisters.
A private graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Park Cemetery, in Springfield, where she will be laid to rest with her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made One Can Help, P.O. Box 55, Newton, MA 02468 or online at onecanhelp.org. This charity helps children and families meet immediate and emergency needs to help keep families together. These funds can help pay for a range of services including repairs to the family car, dance classes, or even help pay bus fares to get to work. This cause was near and dear to Praxi and truly reflects the caring social worker and woman that she was.