Irene M. (Lewis) Huggins

Irene M. (Lewis) Huggins, 95, of Mattapoisett died Tuesday February  19, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late John and Mary Christabel  (Azevedo) Lewis, she lived in Mattapoisett for most of her life.

Mrs. Huggins was formerly employed by the Continental Screw Company  and the New Bedford Redevelopment Authority until her retirement.

She had been a SHINE counselor for the Fairhaven Council on Aging. She  was an avid tennis fan and loved her dogs.

The family would like to thank all of the nurses and nursing  assistants that took care of Irene during her last years.

Survivors include her daughter, Betsy Secia and her husband Ronald of  Mattapoisett; her daughter-in-law, Christine Boccamaiello of  Connecticut; her brother, Ernest Lewis of California; nine  grandchildren, Brian Secia, Kevin Secia, Bethany Secia Pereira, Daniel  Secia, Jennifer Erbland Foss, Hannah Baptista, Kristin Erbland  Boucher, William E. Huggins, and Brian Huggins; 17  great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was the mother of the late Marilyn A. (Huggins) Audette and  William D. Huggins.

Her family will receive visitors at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett  Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett on Monday  April 15, 2013 from 4-8 PM, with a prayer service being held at 7 PM.  A private family burial service will be held in St. Anthony’s  Cemetery. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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