June 16, 1932 – July 29, 2021
Griffin, Mary Ellen (King) of Scituate, originally from Worcester, peacefully on July 29 at age 89. Beloved wife of 57 years of James Griffin. Loving mother of James and his wife Kathleen, Thomas and his wife Dawn, and Stephen and his wife Doreen. Very proud and devoted Nana Mary to Catherine, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Anne, James (Jack), Erin, and Mary Claire. Mary Ellen also is survived by her siblings Kathleen Madaus, Sarah Jane Carney and her husband Robert, and James King and his wife Valerie, and her sister-in-law Joan Griffin, as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins in the US and Ireland. She was pre-deceased by her siblings Anthony King, Thomas King and his wife Phyllis, Agnes Doyle and her husband William, Phyllis Dykas and her husband Hugh, Elizabeth Miller and her husband Gerard, Ann Marie Robertson and her husband Arnold, her brother-in-law Gerald Madaus, and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Catherine (Griffin) and John Maloney.
Mary Ellen was born in Worcester, the first daughter and third child of Thomas and Mary Kate (Flynn) King, immigrants from counties Clare and Leitrim, Ireland, and grew up in Worcester and Leicester among her large extended family. She graduated from Ascension High School in Worcester, where she made many life-long friends, and Becker College. She was a legal secretary for many years before raising her sons. She and her husband Jim were 50-year residents of Scituate, where they made many wonderful friends and had terrific caring neighbors. Recently they made their home at Proprietors Green where they received love, support, and excellent care.
She was the epitome of grit and grace, gallantly battling the mobility challenges she faced since her early 40s, while leading a full faith-filled life as an engaged wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. Her family, friends, and Catholic faith were the most important things to her. She enjoyed watching her daily Mass, saying her rosary, completing her daily New York Times crossword – in pen and quickly – and a good cup of tea.
After her mother’s passing, she became the matriarch of the large and extended King family, keeping close tabs on everyone and never ever afraid to offer her opinion and perspective.
Mary Ellen’s family will celebrate her life at with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 6 at 11 a.m., at St. Mary of the Nativity, her long-time parish, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Per Mary Ellen’s request, there are no visiting hours. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Donations in Mary Ellen’s name may be made to St. Mary of the Nativity, 1 Kent Street, Scituate, MA 02066.
Friday, August 6, 2021
Jerry & Betty McAdams
August 6, 2021
Sorry to hear of Mary's death. Thought often of her when going up Beaver Dam Rd and seeing James Way ext. Betty often said "I wonder if Mary Griffin still lives down that street? guess you did. don't know what number. Rembered her in prayers this morning
at Mass. We're still in same house we left after Tirrell St. Five kids, 14 grand kids. 54 yrs married. Hope the Griffins carry on with best wishes, Jerry and Betty McAdams
August 5, 2021
To Jim and the Griffin family. My most sincere sympathy on the loss of Mary, your amazing wife and mother. She was so caring and kind, always a lady and lived her life with a positive attitude.
Memories rush back to the many dinners we shared with Mary and Jim and good friends at the Barker Tavern. As Mary would say "The Barker".
Just can't forget how she gifted her delicious baked treats to family, friends and neighbors. One speciality was lemon poppyseed bread and my young grandson, Eric, ( at the time) renamed the bread to "Mary Poppins bread". Easier to say. That name remains today.
Thinking of you with love during this sad time.
Kay Leonard and family.
August 5, 2021
Will miss Mary around VPG and doing the jumbo crosswords every friday morning where she amazed me at her answers to the crossword clues. My heart goes out to her husband Jim and her extended family.
August 4, 2021
Sending sincerest condolences to Mary’s family. She was an amazing lady and I enjoyed getting to know her at VPG. I admired her spunk, independence and dedication to her family. Thinking of you as you mourn her loss.
August 4, 2021
Mary was such a wonderful person. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. She will be missed by so many people. My thoughts and prayers go out to her wonderful family. Sincerely, Merrilyn O'Brien
Mary Jane Calhoun-Donelan
August 3, 2021
Dear Mr. Griffin, “Uncle Jim”,
You and your beloved Mary have been an example to my “ right behind you” generation of the right way to live, and the right way to love. Mrs. Griffin, “Auntie Mary” at Doyle’s homes, is in our prayers. All of you, whom she so loved, are in our prayers.
With sympathy and affection,
July 29, 2021