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Mary Ann (Donohue) Guay

Mary Ann (Donohue) “Mimi” Guay, 83, longtime of Ipswich, died Friday February 26, 2021 peacefully, surrounded by her family in the Beverly Hospital. She was the wife of the late E. Joseph Guay.

Born in Boston August 8, 1937, she was the daughter of the late James M. and Mary K. (Bradley) Donohue. Raised in a military family, she saw much of the country and was especially fond of West Point. She was a graduate of Merrimack College, where she received a Bachelor’s in History in 1958. On their first date, she and her future husband became lost on a hike in Bradley Palmer State Park, and was left behind when Joe went to look for their way out. Despite that inauspicious start, they were married in June the following year at Fort Devens. She held many jobs over the years, but her most rewarding was that of wife and mother.

A woman of faith, she was a member of St Joseph’s Church in Ipswich for many years, and later a member of St John The Baptist Catholic Church in Essex. She loved spending spare time reading, knitting and doing needlepoint. Many of her favorite days were at the beach, especially Crane’s, often bringing along a picnic of cucumber sandwiches for her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Andrew J. Guay and his wife Kathy of Kingston, NH, Christopher R. Guay and his wife Karen of Danvers; two daughters, Kathleen M. Guay of Ipswich, Maryanne Weiss and her husband Joshua of Newton; nine grandchildren and sisters Eileen, Katherine, and Patricia. She was the mother of the late James Guay, formerly of Ipswich.       

Her funeral service will be held on Thursday March 4 at 11 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, following a visitation from 10 am to 11 am. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Due to COVID restrictions, seating is limited, face masks must be worn, and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/)

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