Paula R. Mariano, 80
Paula R. (Nies) Mariano of Swampscott passed away peacefully Friday afternoon at a local nursing home, after a period of declining health. She was 80.
She had enjoyed recent visits from her family during the month and holiday week. She saw her daughter daily and enjoyed chats, being read to and keeping up with friends who frequently sent her cards.
She was born in Cambridge and was raised and resided in Swampscott for most of her life. She spent much of her 70’s in NH, returning to MA as her health started to decline.
She was the widow of John Mariano, a Swampscott native, to whom she was married for 30 years. They were high school sweethearts. Her husband predeceased her in 1988. She was the daughter of Lucie Bartlett Nies McDonald, previously of Swampscott and Lynn, and the step daughter of Lewis McDonald, both of whom predeceased her.
She is survived by her two daughters; Kim Barry and husband, Kevin of North Andover, and Karen Higgins and husband, Thomas of Groveland. She is survived by her sister and her family of NJ and GA, her sister-in-law and her family of GA; her Uncle David Bartlett and his family of Ipswich and the North Shore; nieces and nephews around New England and the East Coast.
She was a loving mother, putting her family first, but also enjoyed many activities with her family and friends. She maintained long term friendships throughout her life, many from her early days of being married.
She was third generation Swampscott native, and graduated from Swampscott High School. She worked in Boston insurance, and then locally at Bufalino Insurance and her uncle’s agency, Charles Slee Insurance, before her family became her priority. She later worked various substitute roles in departments at the Swampscott Town Hall.
She had an avid interest in sports in her younger years. She went horseback riding as a teenager. She was on the Swampscott High School basketball, field hockey, and drill teams. She swam competitive lap swim at Marblehead YMCA until her 50’s. She was an avid candlepin bowler with her friends in her 30’s and 40’s. She was competitive at cards and cribbage, playing with friends and winning at local cribbage tournaments. She was her NH neighborhood cribbage champ. She was an avid reader of all types of books and had a large personal collection. She enjoyed years as a North Shore Music Theater subscriber and enjoyed trips to NYC shows and Boston theater and ballet with her friends and daughters. She enjoyed most of her 70’s near the Lakes Region in NH, and spending time there with her close friends and family. She enjoyed touring Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding area with her daughter, Kim and son-in-law, and bonfires at her daughter, Karen, and son-in-law’s camp. She enjoyed her card playing lunches with her best NH lady friends, and tea visits with other neighbor friends. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for family occasions and sharing special recipes as gifts.
Her kindness and thoughtfulness will be greatly missed by her family and closest friends, and those who came to know her in her recent years.
The family wishes to thank her nurses and care giver team for their kind care and support of mom, and personal consideration given her daughter.
Service information: Visitation period from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean Street (Rte. 1A) Lynn. Private services will be held in the Andrews Chapel at Swampscott Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty Fourth Street NW, P. O. Box 97180, Washington, DC. 20090-7180.