Mary A. (Collins) Byrnes

March 16, 1925 ~ May 19, 2020 (age 95)


Mary A. Byrnes, of Wilsonville Ct, entered into rest surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, May 19 2020, she was 95.

Daughter of the late Thomas F. and Anna (Welch) Collins, she was born on March 16 1925, in Worcester, MA. She was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and Syracuse University. Mary started her career as an operator with Bell Telephone-in Newburgh and retired 30+ years later as a Supervisor with Michigan Bell in Kalamazoo, Ml. Even at 95 years old Mary could still recite any 10 digit number given to her. After retiring Mary and her late husband of 60 years, Bill, settled on the Welch family farm in North Grosvenordale, CT. Mary had a passion for the arts, she loved sculpting, decoupage, knitting, cooking, refinishing furniture and tending her roses. She was a kind, generous, thoughtful soul who always surrounded herself with beauty.

Mary was a parishioner of the Saint Louis Church, Webster, MA, a member of the Alter Rosary Society at the church, and a member of the Sierra Club Dioceses of Worchester, MA. She also volunteered for Hospice and loved her Airedales.

Mary is predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, William F. Byrnes, two brothers Thomas and Robert Collins and her nephew Robert Collins. She is survived by her nephews whom she loved dearly: Thomas Collins (NY), Randall Collins (VA), Michael Collins (VA) and Brandan Collins (VA), her loving God Daughter. Mary Mueller and husband Thomas (NY), her Great  God-Grandchildren Claire, Thomas and Emily and her 5 Great Great God- Grandchildren Brady, Sawyer, Kearney, Fischer and Meegan.

ln lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's name can be made to the New England Airedale Rescue (NEAR) at 3 Carter Road, Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754, (860)927-3420. Private cremation has taken place at Cedar Hill Crematory. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a later date with burial at Calvary Cemetery, Newburgh, NY. You may post a condolence or light a candle at

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