Aylward Mary J. (Boucher) of Hyde Park passed peacefully on January 25, after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Alfred J. Aylward. Married 58 years at the time of his death. Devoted mother of Karen Aylward of New York, Marsha-Joan Galvin and her husband Daniel, Michele Aylward, and Alfred J. Aylward Jr. Cherished sister of the late Joseph P. Boucher, Helen V. Higgins, Robert X. Boucher and his surviving wife Ruth, Katherine F. Maxfield and her surviving husband James, and Richard Boucher and his surviving wife Mary. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, in laws, and friends. Mary was a former employee of John Hancock’s insurance division, a census-taker for the 1970 and 1980 censuses.
Mary was a devoted mother and wife during her children’s young life. Always an avid gardener whose yard bloomed all through the growing season, she had a house full of plants in the winter. As a quiet hobby, Mary enjoyed reading with her bookshelves full Reader’s Digest Condensed books and magazines. With 40s Big Band music and many singers of that era playing on her husband’s stereo, she would sing and dance while doing housework. After her children graduated school, she was able to indulge in her many interests. She took daytrips with her husband, friends, and her club with a few visits with family on Nantucket and in FL, NV, NY, and OR, once as far as Caracas, Venezuela. She went to Bingo with friends and loved playing the nickel machines then wandering around to enjoy the sights and sounds at Foxwoods. Briefly, she was an adult advisor for MPB CYO. She served for many years as the secretary of the Hi-Flyers senior group and volunteered at the Museum of Science. In memory of her sister and to support her daughter in their battles with breast cancer, she raised funds, stood for hours to cheering walkers along the Breast Cancer routes, and, with a leap of faith, a tandem skydive.
Mary’s love, support, and quick wit will be missed by all who had the honor to know her.
Due to the Covid Pandemic, all services must be listed as private. Please contact the family for details. Please in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley Street, West Bridgewater MA 02379.