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Mary Elizabeth Colgan

Mary Elizabeth Webber Colgan, 84, daughter of Thaddeus F. and Rose (McGowen) Webber, was born December 21, 1923 in Winchendon, Massachusetts. She died October 13, 2008 at Countryside Manor Nursing Home in Bristol, Connecticut, where she had been loved and well cared for during the last three years of her life.

In 1946, while working as a secretary in the Pentagon, she met and married her husband, Philip Colgan. She became a stay-at-home mom and raised twelve children. In the early 1970s Mary moved with her husband to retire in Missouri. There she loved growing flowers, church activities, and watching her beloved birds, the cardinal being her favorite. She was a devoted, loving wife and mother. Mary was a devout Catholic who accepted everyone she met for who they were.

After the loss of her husband in 2002, she returned to New England to spend time with family and friends there.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip; her father, Thaddeus F. Webber; her mother, Rose H. McGowen Webber; a brother, Thaddeus W. Webber; and a sister, Kathleen Grogan.

Mary is survived by six brothers and sisters, Helena Tetreault of Walpole, Massachusetts, John Webber of Rexford, New York, Teresa Mulcahy of Neptune Beach, Florida, Jane Webber of Winchendon, Massachusetts, Agnes Thompson of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and William Webber of Ashburnham, Massachusetts; her children, Mary Strojni of Athol, Massachusetts, James Colgan of Torrington, Connecticut, Richard Colgan of Sandgate, Vermont, Patricia Courtemanche of Burlington, Connecticut, Philip Colgan of New Hartford, Connecticut, Kathleen Perol, of Troy, Maine, Robert Colgan of Harwinton, Connecticut, Rosemarie Colgan of Torrington, Connecticut, Michael Colgan of Lake Ozark, Missouri, Maureen Aldridge of Macomb, Missouri, Molly McKinney of Houston, Missouri, and Thomas Colgan of Bucyrus, Missouri; 36 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and two more great-grandchildren on the way.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 17, in Evans Funeral Home, Houston.

Services will be Saturday, October 18, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Father Matthew Rehrauer will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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