Marie Fernande (Cournoyer) Tully

Marie Fernande (Cournoyer) Tully, 86, of Fairhaven died Saturday August 24, 2013 at Sippican Health Care Center. Born January 21, 1927 in Southbridge, MA, she was the only child of Albert and Maria Cournoyer. She was the wife of the late George F. Tully, and mother of the late Jeffrey A. Tully. She leaves her son Philip J. Tully and his wife Barbara A. of Mattapoisett and grandsons Brendan G. Tully of Brooklyn, NY and Colin J. Tully of Atlanta, GA.

She was born and raised in Southbridge and moved to Connecticut upon her marriage to George Tully, a U.S. Army veteran, on May 26, 1945. She worked in retail clothing sales for many years and in an accomplishment uncommon at the time, set up and managed a new store in Newington for a major retailer. She enjoyed traveling to New York City to order the “spring line” of clothing every year. In her second career, she managed the billing office of a radiology group practice at Hartford Hospital.

Upon her husband’s retirement, together they moved to Cape Cod where she loved to entertain her young grandchildren on Aunt Edie’s Pond. After her husband’s passing, she moved to Fairhaven to be closer to her son and his family.

Marie, Fern, Mom, Memere. Different names used by many people over the years, all reflecting upon a woman of great conversation, limitless compassion and unshakable love for her family. Her earthly trials are now over, may God grant her the everlasting peace she so richly deserves.

Marie’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the compassionate and caring staff at Sippican Health Care Center.

In accordance with her wishes she was cremated. A Mass of Christian Burial with her cremains present will take place at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett on Friday, September 20th at 11:00 AM. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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