Mary Ann Wordell

November 24, 1939December 26, 2017
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Mary Ann Wordell, age 78 of Fall River, died Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Charlton Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Fall River, daughter of the late Clyde A. and Alice (Boulay) Wordell, she was a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School and the former Truesdale Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as RN head nurse/nurse manager at the former Truesdale Hospital and at Charlton Memorial Hospital for 35 years until her retirement in 1995.

Mary Ann had a wide range of interests from the history of Fall River and Steep Brook, to genealogy, birding, gardening, traveling and arboriculture. Upon retirement Mary Ann gathered a group of friends and Fall River Garden Club members to organize the Fall River Street Tree Program, Inc. in 1996. That organization has planted thousands of trees in the city, established a Memorial Grove at North Park to honor all Veterans, promulgated the formation of a city tree ordinance and the first tree commission in Fall River. Mary Ann became an activist for urban forestry and received several awards on the state level for her commitment to the planting and care of trees. In 2013 the city’s first tree farm was named in her honor.

Mary Ann was an active member of the Truesdale Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association serving on various committees as a board member. For many years she was the editor of the Alumnae newsletter. Her love for friends, co-workers and classmates from Truesdale Hospital and the Truesdale Hospital School of Nursing never waned and inspired her to organize two major reunions, doctors and employees that brought Truesdale Hospital “family” together years after the hospital closed as a health care facility.

She was a member of the Friends of Oak Grove, Green Futures, Greater Fall River Land Conservancy and the Fall River Garden Club. Mary Ann served as Fall River Garden Club president, secretary and environmental chair plus six years as a representative from Fall River on the state Environmental Committee of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

She is survived by beloved daughters, Jennifer Dias-Rezendes and her husband Ronald and Kristin Martins and her husband Terry; five cherished grandchildren Sierra Alice, Nicholas and Sophia Rezendes, Brennan and Bennett Martins and a brother, William Wordell all of Fall River; cousins, Penny Phillips and Alice Garvin and her dear friends, Joyce Emmett Aylward and Mary Lapre Bennett.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 12pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 10am to 12pm prior to her service. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River. Flowers are welcome or please consider making the world greener by donating to a fund that helps provide to Fall River’s environmental advocacy organization Green Futures, PO Box 144, Fall River, MA 02724 or to the Fall River Street Tree Planting Program Inc., c/o Nancy Fell, 68 Bigelow St., Fall River, MA 02720.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mary Ann Wordell

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Cindy Tardif

January 4, 2018

Mary Ann, my nursing classmate and long time friend. Many fond memories, especially my wedding in California. Always present when Judy Mosher gathered our class together for luncheons in our later lives. May her trees be healthy and bring fond memories to those who were present at their planting. You will always be with me. Thanks for the memories.
Love, Cindy

Sandra Brown

January 3, 2018

Mary Ann will be missed by many in the vast community she touched. I met Mary Ann in 1970 and at the time she was my mentor and charge nurse at Truesdale. She assisted with my admittance to Fall River School of Nursing. She was also one of my instructors. We had stayed in touch all these years with email and cards. Shared pics of kids and grand children. I will miss her dearly. Jenn, Kristin and family will be im prayers.
Sandy Brown

Judy, Lisa, Jackie, Michelle

January 2, 2018

Mary Ann, our shining star, a precious gem. My very good friend, I will carry you forever in my heart. You were a devoted " auntie " to my girls. So many good memories. My condolences to Jen, Kris and family. May peace be with you.

Bill Camara

January 2, 2018

Kristin and Jennifer My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always at the loss of your Mom
She and I were friends since we first met, over 67 years ago at Morton and we always kept in touch

May she rest in peace Bill Camara

Michael LePage

January 2, 2018

My thoughts and prays go out to the Wordell family. Mary Ann will be missed. She was a great lady who loved nature. Please plant a tree in her memory.

Jo Ann Johnson

January 1, 2018

To Mary Ann's family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Mother and Grandmother. I was lucky to meet MaryAnn, through her dear cousin Alice.We shared many fun nights playing cards with the "girls"! Mary Ann always had a joke or two to share and,she would begin to laugh before the punch line. How I will miss that voice and laugh! We did have a lot in common, books, music, gardens, we enjoyed a few bus trips together and were hoping to visit Utah in the spring. I am so glad to be called friend by her and grateful for the times we spent together. Love and miss you always, my dear friend. Jo Ann

Susan Hathaway

December 31, 2017

My condolences to the family. It's never easy to lose a parent, much less so given the time of year. Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle Lotz

December 31, 2017

Your amazing caring, intellect and determination will always be carried forward . May you rest in peace. I love you
You were my mentor in the nursing field. Heaven can't wait .

Michelle Lotz

December 31, 2017

I am so sad to hear of the passing of Maryanne. She was my first head nurse in my career and I learned so much from her. She gave me the foundation to be the nurse I am today. I will always love her. May she rest in peace . I know she will be caring and taking charge in heaven

Donna & Cliff Morrel

December 30, 2017

The FRSTP is Mary Ann's finest hours. It melds her nursing of humans with nursing of the earth. I truly am at a loss for words. Cliff and I enjoyed working on the planting team. And that is what we are, a team. So sorry for your loss Wordell family. I enjoyed Mary Ann's stories about the history of Fall River.