Margaret L. Shamro died at home after a brief illness on November 17, 2021 at the age of 98, with visits from all of her family. She was born Margaret L. Devereaux on June 20, 1923 in South Boston, but had been called Lorraine since birth. She was the daughter of Marion (Boyd) and Walter Devereaux, and sister of Doris Burke, Edythe Clark, Frances Wright, and Donald (Charlie) Blythe. Lorraine graduated from South Boston High School in 1941.
She worked for Internal Revenue as a stenographer after High School. During World War II she met and married a sailor, J. P. Shamro, at his sister’s and her brother’s home in New York.
Together they moved from Cambridge to Holbrook in 1950 where they built their own home nights and weekend while working and raising a family. She was active in the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Dalton Post in Holbrook, St. Joseph’s Church, and a Girl Scout Leader.
The family loved to visit for happy hour, usually with a blazing fire, cheese and crackers, the Boston Globe crossword, and a jigsaw puzzle on the table. She told us all stories of times past while enjoying a Manhattan. These will be fond memories for all of us. She loved knitting, crosswords and being outdoors raking. She adored, and was adored by, her great grandchildren who have many wonderful memories of her singing to them, “A Your Adorable, Animal Crackers in my Soup, You are My Sunshine” and lots of others.
After her two children, Margaret (Manley) Byl and Robin Shamro, went to school she worked for Minelco in Holbrook where she was a supervisor. Her job prior to retirement was at Johnson & Johnson in Randolph. She was a wonderful grandmother to her three grandchildren, Joe Manley (Melissa) of Abington, Lauren Liljegren (Dan Bair) of Medfield, and KC (Kenneth) Byl (Nikki) of Holbrook. She helped raise all three and was a vital part of their lives.
She lived in Holbrook for almost 70 years before moving to the Seth Mann 2nd Home in Randolph in January of 2020.
She is predeceased by her husband, Jake Phillip Shamro, and daughter, Robin Shamro and granddaughter Amy Byl. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Byl (George) her three grandchildren, two step grandchildren, Georgia Plath of Florida, and Geoffrey Gordon of Wyoming. She will be terribly missed by six great grandchildren, and three step great grandchildren.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Seth Mann 2nd Home in Randolph or Old Colony Hospice of West Bridgewater.