Irene Ann (Peters) Cary, 85, died Sunday, December 6, in the Milford Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her son, Bill Cary, and his wife, Carol, of Hopkinton; two daughters, Debbie Purcell, and her husband, Glen, and Laurie King, and her husband, Mike, of Uxbridge; five grandchildren, Rachel, Tim, Dan, Nick and Nathan, and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, John, Joseph, and Daniel Peters.
Mrs. Cary was born in Bristol, RI, February 10, 1935, the daughter of Manuel and Mary (Barboza) Peters. She grew up and attended school in Bristol, and lived in Riverside and Barrington, RI before relocating to Massachusetts in 1976. She lived in Uxbridge for 20 years before moving to Northbridge in 2015.
Mrs. Cary was a customer service representative at Colonial Chem Dry for ten years, retiring in 1994. Previously, she was a switchboard operator at New England Telephone and Eastern Scientific, in Providence.
Irene was a woman of strong Christian faith who loved the Lord. A former member of True Light Fellowship in Milford, MA and New Life Worship Center in Smithfield, RI, she was a mentor to many in their own Christian journey helping to deepen their faith.
Irene loved animals adopting quite the menagerie over the years including dogs, cats rabbits, birds and even a pet duck. She loved chocolate and fruit especially raspberries and watermelon. Her favorite colors were even fruit related; raspberry, plum, peach and tangerine were among her favorites. She loved butterflies and flowers especially Lily of the Valley. Irene spent countless hours on Barrington Beach and enjoyed being outdoors. She loved music. You would always hear Neil Diamond or one of her favorite preachers playing in her apartment. But her greatest joy in life was spending time with the three generations of her family, holding and kissing “her babies”.
Despite her own physical challenges, she always showed care and concern for others. She will be remembered for her joyful laugh and kind heart.
“And the God of all Grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10
Calling Hours will be held from 2:30pm-4pm, Saturday, December 12, in the Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill Street, Whitinsville. Funeral Services will be private.
Due to current social distancing guidelines, only 20 people will be allowed inside the funeral home at one time to pay their respects. Therefore, we kindly ask guests to keep a distance of 6 feet apart and be mindful of the time, to allow others, who may be waiting, the opportunity to do the same. Face coverings are required.
Donations in Mrs. Cary's memory are requested to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, 600 Washington St,. Boston, Ma, 02111.