Marie Collamore, 87, of Reading, MA, died on November 27, 2019. She was at home, surrounded by loving family and friends, safe and free of pain.
Marie was the oldest girl of ten children born January 27, 1932 to Bert and Mary Mulhern Elston, growing up in Westchester County, New York. She attended The Ursuline School, New Rochelle, NY, was awarded a BA from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, and a MTS from Harvard Divinity School, attending all on academic scholarships. She went on to obtain a Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE) from Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.
Marie worked at a variety of jobs from teachers aide to cook and campground support, finally ending her working life as a volunteer hospice chaplain. She was a Eucharistic minister for the Catholic Church. She was a recovering alcoholic, sober in AA for 34 years.
She is preceded in death by her son John Collamore, her first husband Lawrence Collamore and her siblings Robert, Richard and Kathleen.
She is survived by her wife Jane B Russell, her daughter Christine Collamore and her son Andrew
Collamore. Her living siblings are Don Elston, Eileen Wright, Jerry Elston, Jean Hewitt, Paul Elston and Patty Elston. She had two grandsons: Blaine Collamore and Lawrence Collamore, Jr.
Marie was a sports enthusiast, playing tennis and rowing the Charles for fun. She biked and loved to swim, particularly off Cape Cod, where she lived in the summers. She was an activist, marching against the war in Vietnam,for gay rights, was early into helping form and support The Clothesline Project in Hyannis, and was a regional coordinator for VOTF in the Fall River Diocese. Marie loved to read. She was kind, loving and a force of nature.
A Memorial Service will be held on February 29, 2020 at 11 o’clock at The First Congregational Church in Winchester, 21 Church St, Winchester, MA.
Donations may be made in Marie’s memory to Doctors Without Borders, USA. Mail to P.O. Box 5030 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030
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