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Catherine M. "Kay" (Glavin) White

May 24, 1923 — March 30, 2022

WHITE, Catherine M. "Kay" (Glavin). Of Savin Hill, died on March 30, 2022 at the age of 98 years.

Born in 1923, Kay married in 1943, and was a traditional, old fashioned, dedicated wife to Robert L. "Bob" White.

She was an awe-inspiring mother of Catherine Keddie-Coyne, and her late husband John Coyne, Barbara and her husband Roger Croke, and Margaret and her late husband Richard Higgins, all of Dorchester, Robert and his wife Patricia White of Franklin, Walter and his wife Monica White of Florida, Edward and his wife Patricia White of Yarmouth, and Rev. Joseph White of St Joseph Parish, Boston.

She was a proud and grateful Nana to 20 grandchildren, and her late 18 month old granddaughter Kaitlyn Marie, and 24 great-grandchildren.

Daughter of Irish immigrants, Cornelius and Margaret (Buttimer) Glavin of Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland. Daughter-in-law of Robert L. & Mary E. (Schulz) White.

She was the beloved eldest sister of 9. Sister and sister-in-law to Jackie Glavin, Sue McAleney, Mary and Larry Costello, Michael and Penny Glavin, and Lou White. Predeceased by Cornelius and Mal Glavin, Peggy and Fred Murray, Billy Glavin, Walter and Virginia Glavin, Imelda and Cliff Meiggs, Walter and Rita, Arthur, Betty, Ralph and Eddie White, Mary and Pat McKenna, and the good folks of Midland Street and friend Agnes Croke.

Survived by dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Rev. Fr. Bernard Cotter SMA of Co. Cork.

A devout Catholic, nurtured in faith by family, parish, and the Sisters of St Joseph, Kay graduated from St. William's Grammar School in 1936, "the very first class completing all eight years". She then attended the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Class of 1940. She was a proud union representative of Local 54 and employee of Boston University. After retirement, she took the position of St. William's Rectory cook, where she worked until the age of 84 in 2004.

Deepest appreciation for all she has been and done for us, each and all, and all done in return, to deservedly care for and spoil her at home these past years lovingly by family, neighbors, BMC Boston University Geriatrics Services, and most recently the care of Laurel Ridge staff.

"Thank You Jesus" for so many "another days". Thank you for the rich faith well lived and passed on from one generation to the next. No one shall ever again pray for us as much as you have.

Family and friends will honor and remember Kay's life by gathering for visiting hours in the Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., DORCHESTER, on Monday, April 4, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret Church of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 800 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, on Tuesday morning, April 5th, at 11:00 A.M.

Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale.

In leu of flowers, please pray a Hail Mary a Thank You Jesus and/or make a donation in Kay's memory to AARPSS, Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery Pastoral Support Services, 68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114, or at
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Monday, April 4, 2022

4:00 - 8:00 pm

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Funeral Mass

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am

St. Margaret Church of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish

800 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02125

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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