Mary (Marie) Agnes (Champi)'s Story
Mary (Marie) Agnes (Champi) McAvoy, of Hampton, N.H., and formerly of Lawrence, died peacefully on June 8, 2017, having lived a full and happy life.
Mary was born in Lawrence, the beautiful daughter of Francis and Marion (Ayer) Champi.
She attended Saint Rita Grammar School and Saint Mary High School in Lawrence before graduating from the McIntosh Business School.
In addition to serving as a homemaker, her primary role, Mary held several employment positions in the Merrimack Valley, including New England Parochial School Outfitters, which she started up, Russem’s Apparel Store, American Red Cross, and Lawrence Housing Authority, where she made lifelong friends.
In 1951, Mary married the love of her life, John (Jack) McAvoy. For 66 years, the couple lived in happiness, serving, loving, and respecting one another in the Christian tradition. She and her husband adored their three children and four grandchildren. Her life’s focus was family.
Mary was an active member in her church community, including Saint Mary’s and Saint Patrick’s Parishes in Lawrence, and served on The Sodality of Our Lady. She and her husband were known for their generosity and selfless service to the needy and to those less fortunate.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Mary is survived by her loving husband, John; her children, son, John McAvoy, Jr. and Kelly Davidson, daughter, Carole Ann and George Dello Russo, and son, William McAvoy and his wife, Heather; grandchildren, John McAvoy, III and Olivia McAvoy, and their mother, Mary McAvoy, and Lauren Dello Russo and her husband, Liam Casey, and Cara Dello Russo. She also leaves behind her two sisters, Claire McDonald and Carole Veit; sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; several cousins; nieces; nephews; and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Frances Doyle.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for, loved, and befriended her over her beautiful life.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visiting hours on Monday, June 12, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, 122 Amesbury St., Lawrence. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 289 Lafayette Rd., Hampton, NH. The family requests that relatives and friends meet directly at the church. There will be a graveside service at the High Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314.
Published on  June 11, 2017