Mary was born in Boston, MA on April 22, 1952, to the late Marie and William Chappelle. She graduated from Brockton High School in 1970 and attended SouthEastern Regional Technical School. She worked as a certified Medical Staff Coordinator for hospital systems in southeastern Massachusetts and was a former president of the Massachusetts Association of Medical Staff Services. She was well-loved and respected by all of her colleagues over the years. Following her retirement, Mary moved to Clemmons, NC in 2015.
Her life centered on her family and faith, having been involved with the Catholic Church from her childhood and raising her three children in the St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Bridgewater, MA. Later in her life she donated her time to helping feed those in need of assistance with the Meals on Wheels program and continued her church involvement at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons, NC. In her younger years, Mary was an avid runner and participated in numerous road races, including the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996. She led an extensive social life, brightening the rooms of gatherings from Bible Study to game nights to Wine Club and many more; she formed an extensive network of friends in both North Carolina and Massachusetts. In her later years, she traveled as often as she could to see her children in South Carolina, Maryland, and Massachusetts, and always found her peace at the beach, especially on annual trips to Newport, RI.
She leaves behind her husband, Frank Jones; children, Alison Helms (Dustin), Daniel Paul (Emily) Alexandra Peters-Jones (Benjamin); grandchildren, Andrew Sullivan, Grayson Paul, Leilah Paul, and William Helms; siblings Mark, Mauren, Martin, Margot, Marilyn, Martha, Matthew, Maxwell, and Maura; as well as many nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Micheal Chappelle, and granddaughter Charlotte Grace Helms.
The funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 11am at Holy Family Catholic Church in
Clemmons, North Carolina. The family will receive friends following the service for a reception.
A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, January 16th at 11am at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The family will receive friends following the service for a reception at the Fireside Grille in Middleboro.