Obituary: Josephine Gray Galligan, 85

Josephine Gray Galligan of Southborough, died on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Born in 1928 in County Sligo, to Hubert (Hughie) Gray of Barroe North and Mary Anne Keaveney of Drumderry, Ireland, Josephine emigrated to Springfield, Massachusetts in the United States in 1956. Wife of the late Gerard Galligan, Josephine moved to Southborough where she resided until her death. Dear friend of the late Father Eymard Galligan, their home was ever a place of hospitality.

The eldest of four siblings, Josephine is survived by her sister, Monica Gray Nelson of Madeleine Island, WI and her brother Hubert B. Gray and his wife, Joan Sullivan Gray of Braintree.

Predeceased by her sister Margaret Gray O’Brien, wife of the late Jack O’Brien of Stony Brook, Long Island.

Josephine also leaves behind her brother in-law, Clem Galligan of MD, nieces Christine Galligan of MD, Suzanne Galligan of Glens Falls, NY, Jacqueline Nelson of Delta Junction, Alaska, Cindy Strauman of Duluth, MN, Goretta Walsh of Dublin, Ireland, Christine Gray-Mullen of Amherst, MA, Nola Gray of Portland OR as well as and nephews Michael Galligan of MD, John Galligan of Philadelphia, John J. Nelson of, TX, and Brian and Troy Nelson of Madeleine Island, WI. Josephine also leaves behind beloved great and great-grandnieces and nephews in the United States, Ireland, and Luxembourg as well as innumerable dear cousins and beloved friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Route 30, Southborough, on Monday, March 24, from 4-7 P.M.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Anne Church in Southborough on Tuesday, March 25, at 11 AM. Burial will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery on the following weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Donations in Josephine’s memory may be made to charities representing her great love of animals, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Alley Cats as well as Satha Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature in Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

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(Obituary via Morris Funeral Home)

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