Obituary: Mary Kirby MacDonald, 90, longtime Westport resident

Mary Kirby MacDonald, age 90, the devoted wife of the late John E. MacDonald for over sixty-five years, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Born in 1923 in Roslindale, MA to the late Walter and Bridget Henson, she obtained her J.D. from J.D. Portia Law School. Mary was a longtime Westport resident.

She was a former member of the Patterson Club, the Westport Women’s Club and was a woman of deep faith and an active volunteer at St. Luke Church in Westport for over fifty years.

Mary is survived by her nine children, John Jr. and his wife, Mary of North Falmouth, MA, Susan Spiro and her husband, Tom of Fairfield, Joanne Kennedy and her husband Tom of Oswego, NY, Brian and his wife, Carol of Southport, Michael and his wife, Allison of Glen Ridge, NJ, Maryann Brandell and her husband William of St. Charles, IL, Stephen and his wife, Rebecca of Lima, OH, Tish Tacopina and her husband Joseph of Westport and Katy MacDonald of Fairfield; a sister, Margaret Weiler of Wayland, MA; her brother, Gerald Kirby of Quincy, MA; 31 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Walter and Joseph Kirby and a sister, Rita Thornton.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. directly at St. Luke Church in Westport. Interment to follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may greet the family on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1-5 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center.

Donations may be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Assn., P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or

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