Mary Clancy

Mary Eleanor "Holly" Clancy (Holland)

Thursday, November 27th, 1919 - Friday, March 29th, 2019
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Mary Eleanor “Holly” Clancy, 99, of Wethersfield, beloved wife of the late James F. Clancy Jr., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2019, in The Atrium at Rocky Hill with her loving daughter by her side. Holly was born Nov. 27, 1919, in New Jersey, daughter of Daniel E. and Ruth (MacPhee) Holland. She was raised in West Hartford, where she graduated from Hall High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in retail management from Drexel University and her master’s in education from Central Connecticut State University. Holly had a diverse career path, first as a hosiery buyer for G. Fox & Co., then as a substitute teacher in Wethersfield and Rocky Hill, and finally as a teller for Society for Savings in the Wethersfield Shopping Center. She and James were married in 1953 and moved to Wethersfield in 1955 where they began raising their four children. Holly was a member of the Church of the Incarnation and its Women’s Club, the Junior Women’s Club of Wethersfield and also volunteered countless hours raising funds for the Guild of St. Agnes. Holly was also a member of the C&C (Church and Coffee) Group that met at Burger King after morning Mass. Holly had the glass half-full philosophy on life and was generous, kind and was always ready with her quick wit. Holly enjoyed entertaining friends and family at her summer cottage in Springfield, N.H. A great milestone in Holly’s life, which brought great joy to her heart, was that of becoming a great-grandmother for the first time in September 2016. Holly will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her loving children, two sons and daughters-in-law, James F. III and Carol A. Clancy of Wethersfield, Robert M. and Tracy Clancy of Rocky Hill; a daughter, Ruth E. Clancy, who lovingly cared for her in the final years of her life; a sister, Ruth Ann Kulak of Cary, N.C.; three adored granddaughters, Laura Wentworth with her husband Joseph, of Enfield, Meaghan Clancy with her husband Joshua Rosenthal, of South Windsor, and Kelly Clancy of Rocky Hill; and her cherished great grandson, Benjamin Wentworth. Holly was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Marie Clancy; a brother, Daniel E. Holland Jr.; and a sister, Lorene Spencer. The family would like to thank caregiver Judy Dudek as well as the staff at The Atrium. Friends and relatives may pay their respects Wednesday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Road, Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Holly’s life will be held Thursday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St., Wethersfield. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, 200 Whitman Ave., West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Incarnation. To extend online condolences and/or share a memory, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home
    34 Beaver Road
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 11:30am
    Church of the Incarnation
    544 Prospect Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
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    Fr. James M. Moran
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery West Hartford
    200 Whitman Ave
    West Hartford, CT 06107-1635
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    Section 6A


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Posted at 04:31pm
I am incredibly saddened for the family for the loss of their dear loved one. It is my hope that the brief words at Psalm 94:19 can be a comfort to you at this difficult time.

Meaghan Clancy

Posted at 05:33pm
We lost one of the best women on the planet. Grandma, there was never a stronger, kinder and more inspiring person. I will remember the years of memories, early morning breakfasts of Canada Dry ginger ale and Entenmann’s cookies, (the secret to a long healthy life.) Swimming lessons with a side of hypothermia in the lake in New Hampshire. All that time at the cottage with chocolate ice cream every night. (My lactose intolerance thanks you.) Buying us candy you can’t have because it will “rip your crowns out” then watching you say you’ll just have a couple and that wink you always did. Plays at the barn getting us 8 of the nickel pillows. Your patience was never ending. You were born in 1919, yet you had a masters degree, had four children and a career. You had so many stories of things I’ve read about in history books and stories that sounded unbelievable. Everyone who met you is a better person today because of it. We will be toasting you with Apricot sours. And I hope where you are now doesn’t cut you off at two like we did here.

Barbara Chamberland

Posted at 08:07am
Our heartfelt sympathy to all members of the Clancy family on the passing of their dear Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma who was a positive force and an amazing woman. Over the span of some 40 years, I have had the pleasure of being "family", enjoying Holly's company on countless holidays, birthday celebrations, and leisure times at her beloved cottage in New Hampshire. Tom and I have so many lovely are a couple of favorites: During the late October snowstorm a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to have had my power restored early on. Neither Holly nor her kids had power, so I had the pleasure of hosting Holly as an overnight guest. At one month shy of 91, she marched right down the stairs following the aroma of coffee and muffins in the morning. She was so gracious and grateful, you would have thought I had prepared a feast for the Queen of England! Having her company all to myself, chatting over coffee and muffins, was a beautiful memory. Another favorite is that of sitting on her screened in porch at "the cottage" ...Tom, myself, my sister Carol, and brother-in-law Jim. We were just chatting and Holly was telling stories and memories from her life. One that totally blew us away, was that she was at the beach on the Jersey shore when the Hindenburg flew overhead just a while before its "infamous landing". The conversation turned to favorite songs from her past, and she revealed a very favorite...The Tennessee Waltz. Unbeknownst to the rest of us, Tom found the song on his phone using YouTube, and started playing it. Holly's face immediately lit up with a huge smile, and for the entire song, she drifted away in her memories. What a moment that was for us! We have many wonderful and beautiful memories of this amazing woman. We are all better people for having known her. We are honored that we were fortunate enough to not only know her, but to have been "family". Rest In Peace dear friend...until we meet again. With love and sorrow, Barb & Tom Chamberland

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