Sandra H. (Henshaw) McIlmail

Sandra H. (Henshaw) McIlmail, 82 of Mattapoisett passed away on Wednesday June 1, 2022. She was the wife of the late William J. McIlmail, Jr., to whom she was married for 59 years.

            Born and raised in Mattapoisett, she was the daughter of the late George F. and Gladys M. (Pratt) Henshaw and sister of the late George H. “Reddy” Henshaw. She was a graduate of Center School and Fairhaven High School and a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church.

            Sandra formerly worked at Household Finance and Plymouth Savings Bank. She also volunteered her time teaching adult literacy/reading skills for several years in Fairhaven and New Bedford.

            An avid cyclist, she belonged to the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen and the Tandem Club of America. She was a talented painter and artist, having belonged to the Cape Cod Mayflower Decorative artist group as well as the Laure Paillex artist group. She enjoyed spending every Monday with her Mahjong group and friends.

            She is survived by her son, William L. McIlmail and his wife Lisa of Mattapoisett; her grandchildren, William and Katherine McIlmail; her sister-in-law Polly Henshaw; as well as many nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

            A Memorial Mass for Sandra and her husband William, who passed in January 2021, will be held on Saturday June 25th at 10 am at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will be private. The family will receive visitors at the church from 9:30-10 am prior to the Mass.  Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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