Mary P. (Howrihan) Nelson

Mary P. (Howrihan) Nelson, 96, of Rochester, formerly of New Bedford, passed away peacefully on Monday October 22, 2018 at Our Lady’s Haven. She was the wife of the late Russell L. Nelson.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Timothy and Helen (Manghan) Howrihan, she lived in New Bedford all of her life before moving to Rochester in 2002. She was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School.

Mrs. Nelson was an active communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where she was a member of the Women’s Guild and the Couples Club. She was the recipient of the Marian Medal from the Diocese of Fall River for her service to her parish.

Survivors include two sons, Timothy J. Nelson of New Bedford and Thomas J. Nelson and his wife Lynn of Rochester; four grandchildren, Heather, Kathleen, Christine, and Kyle; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jonathan, Aaron, and Lucas; and nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Catherine Beaumont, Margaret Pierce, and Timothy Howrihan.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday October 27th at 9 am at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Friday October 26th from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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