Mabel L. Day Ward

mabel day ward
Mabel L. Day Ward of Danvers, MA, passed away at the age of 94 on Friday, March 11, 2016. She was born in New Haven, CT on July 8, 1921 and was a long time resident of Hamden where she graduated from Hamden High School. Mae was married to Harry J. Day who died at the age of 59 and many years later was remarried briefly to Arthur Ward of Lynn, MA who also passed away. Mae is survived by her children, Richard Day and his wife Elaine of Enfield, NH, Russell Day and his wife Randy of Tequesta Fl., Patricia Day Cummings and husband Dick from Rowley, MA, and Lynda Day McCue and husband Marty of Derry, NH. Mae also leaves behind a stepdaughter Jennifer and husband Alden of So. Hamilton, MA. and stepson Noel and wife Janis of Amherst, NH. She has 11 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren with one more on the way. Mae was very active in the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Woodbridge, CT and later West Church in Peabody, MA where she sang in the choir. She had a long career at Yale Medical School where she was secretary to the Chief of the Oncology department. Two Memorial Services are planned. The first Service will be Friday at the West Church, 27 Johnson Street, Peabody, MA 01960 at 5:30 PM and the second Service will be Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 33 Center Road, Woodbridge CT. 06525 at 3:00 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either church or to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan Street Suite B-102 Danvers, Ma 01923. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT.

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  1. Rest in peace, Mom. You were a wonderful mother and a remarkable woman.. I miss you so much already!

    . You are always in my heart. All my love, Patti

  2. Earlier today I led a Bible Study and used my notes from Harry’s funeral on June 6, 1980. Now they are together again and I rejoice in the fact that I will see my dear friends later!

  3. Hi Lynda and Russ and Family,I am sorry for you your loss and it’s been many years since we had seen each other but you and your family are in our prayers in this grieving time,God bless you all and Mom,Rich Leonardo

  4. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Mae, but it is as if it was yesterday. Her spirit, her sense of fun, her laughter, her warmth and her care are tucked away in my heart forever. I am so thankful we were friends. I’ll be thinking of you all as you commemorate her life. I wish I could be with you.

  5. So sorry for all of the family, especially my dear friend Patti Cummings. Your mom was a gracious wonderful woman, full of life. I always admired her. Rest in Peace, Mae.

  6. We could not have had a better Mom. As Dad always said, .your Mom is an incredible woman.. You were the best. Love you, Russ

  7. We shared Christmas cards for so many years and it is sad to let you go; however, we will all be together one day. She was such a fun person and I will think of her often. So sorry I couldn’t make it to the service at Trinity, but I have moved to New York to be with Sue.

  8. I had the pleasure of working with Mae when we both worked in Medical Oncology at Yale. Mae was always incredibly loyal to Bill. She was a gem of a person. Loved all of her family fiercely. The sky has another star in it now with her name on it.

  9. Patti, I remember meeting you on more than one occasion when you would visit your mom in the office at Yale at times. She loved all of her kids! I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. Thank you so much Cathy. I really appreciate your note. She was a great mom and we will miss her. She had a good long life and loved working at Yale. I hope all is well with you.

  11. I had the pleasure of living next door to Mae in Danvers in 1992. She adopted me from day one and we had such fun being girlfriends (even though she was 36 years older than me) and neighbors. I was there when she met Arthur – I used to have them over when my parents came to visit.

    After I moved – I always looked forward to getting her Christmas cards and the occasional phone call. I shall miss her dearly – I just moved back from Florida – and just found out that she passed. She was loved by so many people – she was a special lady.

  12. Hi Joanne, It is Patti, Mae’s daughter. How nice of you to send a note and for your kind words! My mother adored you!!! I do not have your address, but if you send it to me( can email me at I will make sure you get her .last letter. this Christmas. I miss my mom, but am glad she no longer is living with Alzheimer’s. I lost the woman who was mom over a year ago. She had a good, long life. Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

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