Maralyn Lee Mayo passed away January 29, 2020, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, following a brief illness. Maralyn was born August 4, 1931, in Needham, MA, the second child of Clara and Harold Walton, of Needham.
A lifelong resident of Needham, she graduated from Needham High School in 1949 and married Jim Mayo at the Carter Memorial United Methodist Church in 1952. She was a Rainbow Girl in her youth, and later, a member of Eastern Star and a member of the Advisory Board for Rainbow Girls, in Needham.
A devoted stay-at-home mom, she raised two children, Rick and Ginny. During their school years, she worked at the Helen Cross Bakery, in Needham. When the bakery closed, she took a position at the Glover Memorial Hospital, where she worked for more than 20 years in Central Supply.
An active member of the community throughout her life, she served with her husband, Jim, on the Needham Triad Committee. Triad is a partnership between senior citizens, law enforcement agencies, and senior support services. The partnership works to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens and to enhance their awareness of support services. Triad also works to increase senior participation in crime prevention, detection, and safety programs.
Maralyn was happiest when surrounded by family and friends, including the many residents of the Webster Green and Wingate communities, where she lived with Jim over the past several years. She counted among her greatest memories her participation in the milestone events in the lives of her son and daughter, Rick and Ginny, and her grandson, Matthew, together with the Red Sox World Series Championship in 2004, overcoming an 86 year drought.
Maralyn is survived by her husband, Jim, son Rick, and his wife, Rose, of Candia, NH, and her grandson, Matthew, and his wife, Samantha, of Needham. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Harold Walton, in 2019, and her daughter, Ginny, also in 2019.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11am at Carter Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Highland Avenue, Needham Heights, MA.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Needham Community Council, 570 Hillside Ave, Needham MA 02494.
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