Artist, clothing store owner
Mary Andrews. (Courtesy photo)
Mary R. (Ravey) Andrews, 94, of Harvard, died Friday evening, May 22, 2020, at home in the arms of her family. She was born in Brighton on July 16, 1925, to John and Anne (Cameron) Spencer, and was adopted and raised in Burlington, Vermont, by her aunt and uncle, Charles and Gertrude (Cameron) Ravey. She was a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s Academy in Burlington and attended the University of Vermont.
Mary will be remembered by her family and friends as a kind, caring, loving, and accepting person who adored her family. Her everyday goal was to have a positive influence on a single person.
Mary would list her achievements in this order: her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and many dear friends. But there were so many other things that made her special. She was president of the YWCA, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and chairman of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, Concord Unit. Many will remember Andrews & Andrews in Concord, the store she owned for 18 years. She was also an avid painter with many followers. She loved to teach her children and grandchildren how to paint.
Her husband of 68 years, Joseph P. Andrews, died in 2012. She leaves two sons, Joseph P. Andrews Jr., of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and his first wife, Linda Spring-Andrews, mother of John, Rebecca and Matt Andrews; Robert P. Andrews, formerly of Harvard, his wife Idelka, and first wife Karen; two daughters, Carol Lee Tonge and her husband Thomas of Harvard, and M. Patricia Cooper and her husband Mark of Harvard; one daughter-in-law, Betsy Andrews of Arlington; a daughter by choice, Gerri Kitrick Fagan. She leaves 16 grandchildren: John Andrews of Casselberry, Florida; Rebecca Capone of Stratham, New Hampshire; Matthew Andrews of Lee, New Hampshire; James Andrews, Seattle, Washington; Kate King, Orlando, Florida; Patrick Andrews of Somerville; Andrew Tonge, Manchester, New Hampshire; Lindsey Tonge of Harvard; Lauren Andrews, Worcester; Ryan Andrews of Lancaster; Sarah Andrews of Los Angeles, California; Jessy Andrews and Jenny Andrews of Bolton; Eric Andrews of Orlando, Florida; and John Cooper and Annie Cooper of Harvard. Mary also leaves her great-grandchildren, Kendall Capone, Donovan Capone, Henry Andrews, Beatrix Andrews, Madeline King, and numerous nephews and nieces.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, John C. Andrews, who died in 1989.
A funeral Mass was celebrated privately at St. Theresa, the Little Flower Church, and was followed by burial at Bellevue Cemetery, Harvard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, 01923, or to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund.