Mary E. (Molloy) Tapper

Mary E. (Molloy) Tapper, 91, of Mattapoisett, formerly of New Bedford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 24, 2019 at Sippican Heathcare Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Robert F. Tapper.

            Born in Torbay, Newfoundland, the daughter of the late William and Mary (Manning) Molloy, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life, before moving to Mattapoisett.

            Mrs. Tapper was an active communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where she had been a member of the Ladies Guild, the church choir, and the Parish Council.

            She is survived by three sons, James Tapper, Robert Tapper, Jr., and Francis Tapper and his wife Patricia; three daughters, Angela Natho, Patricia Saunders and her husband Stephen, and Mary Quinn and her husband Charles; her siblings, John Molloy and his wife Kathleen, Catherine Coady, Theresa Parsons and her husband John, Sister Frances Molloy, Shirley Thorne, Joseph Molloy and his wife Sandy; her sisters-in-law, Pauline Molloy and Peachy Molloy; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

            She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Patsy Tapper; her son-in-law, Carl Natho; her siblings, Robert Molloy and his wife Mary, William Molloy, James Molloy, Patricia Grace and her husband John; and her brothers-in-law, Francis Thorne and James Coady.

            Her family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Messina and the Staff of Sippican for the care received by their mother.

            Her Funeral will be held on Saturday Dec. 28th at 8:45 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant St., New Bedford at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Friday Dec. 27th from 4-7 pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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