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Nancy R. (O'Hara) Grimes

June 26, 1941 — May 6, 2021

Mrs. Nancy R. (O'Hara) Grimes, of Waltham, died Thursday, May 6, 2021 in The Stone Rehabilitation & Senior Living Center in Newton. She was 79.

Nancy was born on June 26, 1941 in Waltham a daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Fitzpatrick) O'Hara. Raised and educated in Waltham she married Richard H. Grimes in Saint Mary's Church on June 25, 1961 and they remained lifelong Waltham residents.

Nancy began work as a nurse's aide at the former Waltham Hospital where she was employed for over 17 years. She then worked in the wire division at Raytheon Corporation before returning to nursing as a certified nurse assistant at Maristhill Nursing Home where she worked over 10 years before retiring.

She was an avid bowler and played in leagues both at Raytheon and the Wal-Lex . She was a familiar face at the Friday night bingo games at Our Lady's Church and was a die-hard Red Sox and Bruins fan as by default a Patriots fan as her husband and son would together watch all the games.

Nancy was predeceased by her daughter, Michelle A. Grimes and siblings, Joseph, Edward, Robert, William, Patrick 'Sonny' O'Hara, Eileen Messina, Mary Early, Cathy O'Hara and Patricia Wright;

She leaves her husband of 59 years Richard H. Grimes; her son, Christopher S. Grimes of Waltham; her siblings, Walter O'Hara of Weston, Hazel Doucette of Ashland, Elizabeth 'Betty' O'Hara of Newton, New Hampshire; also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor Nancy's life by gathering for calling hours on Thursday, May 13th from 4 to 7 pm at The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday morning at 10 am at Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery.

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A note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love and support, give them a virtual hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

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Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in some places of worship may also be private.

Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.

Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding
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Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Friday, May 14, 2021

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