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Mary V. Anthony

May 8, 1928May 13, 2020

Mary Volpini Anthony, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at The Terraces in Orleans, Massachusetts. Mary, a 36-year resident of North Eastham and 23-year resident of Staten Island, NY, was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts on May 8, 1928 to Giovanni Volpini and Giuditta Ciocca Volpini. She was raised in Southbridge, Massachusetts and graduated Mary Wells High School. She met her future husband, Nathan Anthony, while he was an editor for the Southbridge Evening News. They married in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on May 1, 1950 and moved to Virginia, living in Lynchburg, Arlington and Falls Church. After 12 years they moved to Staten Island, NY and retired to North Eastham in 1984. Nathan preceded her in death on June 1, 2001. Mary was an active member of the Saint. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church and a volunteer and Wednesday Manager at Saint Joan of Arc Thrift Shop. She was one of the founders of the Eastham Council on Aging, served on the board for the Friends of the Eastham Council on Aging and volunteered at the COA Thrift Shop. She was active with Eastham Historical Society, Eastham Democratic Committee, Lower Cape Outreach and Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary Guild. Mary served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Eastham Library Adult Program and set up a fund in Memory of her late husband, Nathan Anthony. Mary had an enthusiasm for life, a love for travel, the company of her friends and family, and a sense of humor. She loved her church, family, friends, Cape Cod, nature, social justice, traveling, London, theater, opera, bridge, crossword puzzles and her community. Mary is survived by her children, Rebecca Anthony, Nathan Anthony, Jr, Charles Anthony and John Anthony, as well as four grandchildren and four great children. Donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Friends of Eastham Council on Aging, personal checks may be made out to FECOA and mailed to FECOA, P.O. Box 1203, North Eastham, MA 02651. Services will be announced at a later date.


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Marjorie Sparrow

May 31, 2020

Mary and Nathan were great friends with our parents, Don and Reta. They discussed, ate, drank and were merry. Both were special in their way to our family. Mary was the most supportive friend our parents could have; she was there for our father, Don until the end of his life. We are very thankful to her. I’ll never forget her positivity and sharp witted, intuitive humor! She was a role model for me .
My condolences to her lucky family to have had her. Nathan chose well!
Marjorie and Robert Sparrow

Stacey Mckevitt

May 28, 2020

Mary I wish I got to thank you in person for being the Best Nana to Bethany and raising the best dad Bethany could have. Thank you from Bethy's Mum Stacey and Greatgran Jenny with all our thanks love and hugs God bless you. PS I know you had a good sense of humour, As I see it in your son John haha <3

Rosie Lenihan

May 23, 2020

To Mary’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,

I am deeply sorry for your loss of a very special lady. Mary will be missed and long remembered by so many in the local community, from her steadfast support of Eastham and St. Joan of Arc, to the greater Cape-wide music, theater and arts venues.
Mary was passionate about her faith, deeply loved her family with her whole heart and was a loyal friend. She had a sassy wit that always left me laughing. She could be opinionated, a tad stubborn, but always fair and loving. She was an unexpected blessing in my life and I will miss her and remember her with a smile and tenderness always.
May you continue to share your stories and memories so that the great-grandchildren may come to know this very special lady, Mary Anthony.
Peace & love to all,
Rosie Lenihan

Charles Anthony

May 22, 2020

Thank you, everyone, for the kind words and warm thoughts about our mother. Those who know my Mom are very familiar with her sassy sense of humor and loving soul.
She was such a force in my life that every day I feel like calling her to tell her about something the grandkids said or tell her how it was a beautiful, sunny day today and then the reality of her loss hits me like a brick wall. I take solace in knowing she is with my Dad and my Nonna and all of her siblings, now. I can only imagine the laughter and tears at those reunions.
Mom, we all miss you and love you more than you could have imagined.
(photo: Mary Anthony with her mother and my brother Nathan Jr)

Jane MacAfee

May 22, 2020

Oh Mary, How we will miss you !!! You always supported our Social Justice efforts at St. Joan of Arc Church....I loved seeing your
smile and hearing your wonderful words of support and your
great sense of humor. I will miss you. Keep in touch...until we
meet again. Love, Jane

Ann Crozier

May 22, 2020

To the Anthony Family--my condolences on the loss of your Mother. Mary was one of the first people we met when we moved to the Cape 21 years ago. Her impish smile and twinkling eyes magnified her warm and caring heart at all times. I am so thankful for the times we shared since our paths crossed. She will be dearly missed.

Justin DuPaul

May 22, 2020

Becky,Tony,Charlie and John very saddened by your mothers passing. Great memories of Mary for all of us to hold. She was special Justin

Bethany Anthony

May 21, 2020

Grandma, i miss you so very dearly. You have been my bestfriend my whole life and i wish you never would of left but you are in peace now and with my grandfather who i never got the blessing to meet. I think about you every single day and talk to you everyday and i hope you can hear me. I love you dearly always

-bethy <3 your little girl with the chubby cheeks

Sally Hoblitzell

May 21, 2020

Very saddened to hear about Mary’s passing. She was a great lady. We would always laugh how 300 miles from Cape Cod, we would meet each other at the Best Western Motel in Westfield, New Jersey at Christmas. Both of us visiting family.
I have many happy memories of our conversations after mass.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Sally Hoblitzell

John Anthony

May 20, 2020

Mom. you were the best mother, grandmother, great grandmother and most of all, friend to all of us. You touched so many people with your generosity and love. Your sense of humor is one of the things you will be most be remembered. I know your sense of humor rubbed off on me (maybe its inherited) because it's what gives me comfort when I think of you now and mourn your loss. I know they will appreciate your sense of humor now where you are resting with daddy and all your family. RIP mom we love you. Till we meet again.


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