Mary Frances Blynn

April 28, 1926December 31, 2012

Mary Frances (Maffei Gulliver) Blynn, 86, died peacefully in Stamford, CT, on December 31. A twenty-year resident of Vero Beach, FL, she previously lived in Greenwich, CT, for nearly fifty years. Mary Frances survived her three husbands, Rudolph P. Maffei and Allan D. Gulliver, of Riverside, CT, and Bryce Blynn, Jr., of Riverside and Vero Beach. Singularly vibrant and relentlessly positive, she lived with gusto and determination. She had a special gift for friendship, and all who came in contact with her felt her warmth and outsize love of life. Born in Brooklyn in 1926 to Louis and Grace (Hartung) Maresca, Mary Frances graduated from Fontbonne Hall, in Bay Ridge, and Notre Dame College of Staten Island. Mary Frances worked in magazines and fashion after college; over the decades, she worked as a volunteer for many community organizations in Greenwich, including the Junior Women’s Club and the Red Cross. She was an avid tennis player and golfer and was a longtime member of the Riverside Yacht Club and the Greenwich Country Club, and, in Vero Beach, the Moorings Club and Hawk’s Nest Golf Club. Mary Frances delighted in being the matriarch of her large merged family and was its spirited, resilient center. She is survived by seven children and stepchildren, Lynne Gulliver Erkkinen, of Yarmouth, ME; Pamela Maffei McCarthy, of Brooklyn, NY; Allan D. Gulliver, Jr., of Acton, MA; Mary Frances (Miffy) Maffei, of Los Angeles, CA; Susan Maffei Plowden, of Jamestown, RI; Susan Gulliver Carlson, of Riverside; and David Gulliver, of Epping, NH. She is also survived by her sons-in-law, John Erkkinen, Joseph McCarthy, John Plowden, and Peter Carlson, and a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Gulliver; eleven grandchildren, Michael and Anne Erkkinen, Teydin Erkkinen Romanowsky, Winston and Elizabeth McCarthy, Mairin and Christopher Gulliver, Scott, Porter, and Kellen Carlson, and William Gulliver; and one great-grandchild, Aleksi Romanowsky. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greenwich Point Conservancy ( or Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities ( A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 11, at noon, at St. Agnes Church, 247 Stanwich Rd., Greenwich, CT. A memorial in Vero Beach will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered at



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bill shea

January 15, 2013

My condolences on Mary Fran's passing. i met Mary Fran when she married Buzz Blynn. She was a truly delightful lady in the truest sense of the word. I'm sure she rests in The Arms Of The Lord.
Bill Shea

Patty Gabal

January 13, 2013

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your warm, wonderful mother, Mary Frances.
We shared many a good time and good laugh helping her move from her lovely home in Riverside to Edgehill. She and Foxy even made it on TV for that.
Mary Frances was a very special lady with a zest for life!

Kimberly Lohrey

January 8, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Mary Fran's passing. She was so kind and gracious. She opened her house to us in Vero Beach so we could visit with our family over the holidays. We have so many found memories of our time in Vero. She was a wonderful lady who will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Lohrey's

January 8, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Mary Fran's passing. She will be dearly missed by so many. I extend my deepest sympathy to you all and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sandy Blynn (Chicago, IL)

January 7, 2013

Dear Pam, Miffy and Susan, We are so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Though we're glad she won't have to suffer with her illness, we know this is a heartbreaking loss for everyone in your family and extended families. Your mother was a wonderful friend to my Mom from the day they first met on the ferry to Staten Island on their way to Notre Dame College. It's so nice they were able to keep that friendship going for the next 69 years! I'm thinking of her in heaven with your Dad and your grandparents now. She was a kind, warmhearted, caring and fun person. Although I didn't get to see her too often, when I went down to Florida to visit Brendan, we'd get to visit with your Mom and I'd always feel like I saw her yesterday. She was so easy to talk to. Though I don't know all of the Gullivers, I know how much your Mom loved them too and I am very sorry for their loss as well. Thinking of you in the days ahead and remembering all of the happy times our families spent together when we were growing up. God bless all of you. Love, Lisa, Wayne and Christina (Burke) Boerem

January 7, 2013

Dear Miffy, Pam, Susan and Allen
I am really grateful to have known your mother for such a long time. I will relish all the great times at all houses, and your Mom's generosity and beautiful spirit. Many years of laughter and wonderful times. She was truly lovely. Sending prayers and love to all of you... Tara

January 6, 2013

Dear "gold" Maffei friends: Pam, Miffey,Susan, as well as Lynn & Allen and Blynn family: my heartfelt sympathies for the lose of your Mom and a very dear friend to my parents and us Albert kids...What a lady!!!! May heaven be richer for such a loving soul...Love you all! Mary Agnes

January 5, 2013

So sorry learn that Mary Frances passed away. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Larry Blynn (Palm City, FL)

Dave (Hoey) Hvolbeck

January 4, 2013

Susan , John ,and family, so sorry for your loss .

The Aberle Family

January 4, 2013

Your mother and grandmother, Mary Frances, was a wonderful, joyful, kind woman who will always be remembered by our family as having a smile on her face and an energy that we all admired. We thank her for her gift of friendship to our parents, James & Harriet Aberle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love and sympathy from Jane Aberle Breen & Susan Aberle Manganiello