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Maybelle C. (Welch) Rival, a native and lifelong resident of Haverhill, died peacefully at her home following a long illness on January 12. She was surrounded by her loving family.
The daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (Morey) Welch, she attended Haverhill Public Schools and was a member of the Haverhill High School Class of 1952. She was employed as a final inspector at Western Electric Co. AT&T Technologies and Lucent Technologies until her retirement. Mrs. Rival was also a member of the Communication Workers of America, AFL/CIO Local 1365 and the Telephone Pioneers of America.
A longtime active member and supporter of All Saints Parish and the former Saint Joseph Parish, Mrs. Rival and her late husband Paul served on several working committees of the parish as well as Saint Joseph School.
A woman who enjoyed spending holidays, especially Christmas, with her family at her home, Mrs. Rival also enjoyed attending dances and taking part in fundraisers. She looked forward to day trips and excursions to Booth Bay Harbor in Maine and playing cards with her friends.
Predeceased in 2009 by her loving husband of 53 years, Paul V. Rival, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Jeffrey Murphy of Westford, and Karen and Kenneth Buck of Haverhill; five grandchildren, Kevin Murphy, Connor Murphy, Kristy Buck, Kendra Buck and Christopher Buck; a sister, Margaret Hitchins of Cotuit; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Welch of Homosassa, FL; her godchildren, Susan Schoeder, Colleen Wezesa, and Jason Wezesa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother Richard Welch, and sister Hannah Welch, Colleen Pappalardo, Theresa Dorr, and Thelma Bunker.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mrs. Rival's Life Celebration to be held on Tuesday, January 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 17, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in All Saints Church, Haverhill. Burial will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to Beacon Hospice. To send a message of condolence to the family or to find directions to our home, please visit www.berubecomeau.com.
Published on January 13, 2018
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