Annie Gill
August 15, 1912 - January 12, 1999

The world has never been as empty as it is today!

Almost from the day that we are old enough to speak, our parents teach us to say the "right thing" during difficult occasions. When a friend or loved one dies, we express to their family something we found special about that person. We assure the family how much the deceased will be missed. It's not that our words ring hollow. It's just that, after we've experienced enough death around us, the words become automatic.

I think that when people reach for comforting words regarding Mom's death, we find it impossible to be automatic! It is impossible to overstate how much she touched people. Those of us at home with Mom were constantly told by strangers, who dropped into and out of her life just as quickly, how special Mom was. When Cardinal Bernard Law or any of the countless priests she met asked Mom to pray for them, the sincerity in the priests' eyes was not to be taken lightly. The priests saw what those of us who knew her personally saw every time we looked at her. Those whose lives Mom (Annie) touched were ARE indeed blessed!

Mom -- I always told you that God wouldn't take you one minute sooner or one minute later than he wanted you. I hope I took care of you even half as well at the end of your life as you cared for me over the years!


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If you'd like to share a memory of Mom or just express your thoughts, happy or sad, please leave a note Remembering Annie.

If you need information about the wake and funeral or directions to our house, click here.

Tommy Makem sang about Gentle Annie. If you read the lyrics, you'd think he wrote the song for Mom.

For those who couldn't attend the wake, here are the last pictures of Mom.

For those who couldn't attend her funeral, I am proud to share the eulogy I wrote for Mom and the General Intercession petitions (prayers) written by some of her grandchildren.

A few people have asked about the CD that we played at the end of the Funeral and at the Graveside. Rita got the CD at Sam Goody's or you can purchase "Songbag" by Tommy Makem online in CD or cassette format.

January 21, 1999

The funeral director asked me to write a more detailed obituary than the one that appeared in the Boston Globe for submission to the Everett Leader Herald. For whatever reason, the Everett paper just reprinted the Globe listing. Here is the obituary that we wanted you to see!

Mom's Month's Mind mass is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 1999 at 5:30 P.M. in the Immaculate Conception (lower) Church at 5:30 P.M. All are welcome to attend. You know how Mom liked to bring people to mass!

January 22, 1999

Whether or not you're able to include a donation, we would appreciate it if you sent a note to Boston Catholic Television in Mom's memory!

March 30, 1999

I've added a few pictures from the graveside service courtesy of Darby/Eddie.

April 12, 1999

Here are some pictures of the Christmas wreath on the grave. Mom and Steve hung the wreath on the grave on February 1st every year.

June 7, 1999

Mom's name was added to the headstone in time for Mother's Day. If you look closely at the picture of the stone, you'll see a special message for Mom.

December 8, 1999

Mom's First Anniversary Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 6:00 P.M. in her Orchard Street home.

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January 12, 1999
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