Obituary: Mary M. Lindholm

Mary M. Lindholm, at 93

Mary M. [Governor] Lindholm, of Hull, died July 16 at her home.  She was 93.

Along with her late husband, Robert, Mary called the Boston area home for all her years.  They raised their four children on the South Shore and eventually returned for good to the beach town of Mary's childhood summers. Mrs. Lindholm was born Mar. 9, 1923 in Boston, the oldest of five children to William and Florence [MacQuarrie] Governor.  She was a young girl when the family started summering in Hull.

At Roxbury Memorial High School, she excelled in her coursework, especially French class.  After graduating in 1941, Mary worked for the New England Telephone Co.  It was during this time that things became more serious with “the boy with the platinum blonde hair” she had fallen for back in the third grade.

She wed her soldier during a blizzard on February 8, 1945.  The couple settled into the South Shore with their children, Robert Jr., David, Deborah, and Beverly.  Mrs. Lindholm loved using decor to transform the multiple houses they lived in through the years into homes her family and friends could enjoy.

Over the years, Mrs. Lindholm commuted into Boston where she worked as a Receptionist.  She could often be found shopping the racks of Filene's Basement during her lunch hours.

In retirement, the couple spent their winters in Florida residing in Nalcrest, the letter carriers' retirement community.  After many years of work, Mrs. Lindholm enjoyed days by the pool, bicycling, playing Bingo and continuing to try new recipes.  She also volunteered her time helping the students of the Jacobs School and serving meals at the Anne M. Scully Senior Center, where she was affectionately deemed “Mary Sunshine.”  She fell ill only recently.

Loving mother of Robert Lindholm Jr. and his wife Maureen of Carver, David Lindholm and his wife Karen of Scarborough, ME, Beverly Lindholm Clerkin of Hull, and the late Deborah Rose; dear grandmother (Nana) to 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; beloved sister of Eleanor Areno of Bolivia, NC and the late Albert, William and Charles Governor; she is also survived by and will be greatly missed by many dear nieces, nephews, friends, and Daisy, the dog.

The visitation was scheduled at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Ann’s Church, with a funeral Mass following at 10:30 a.m. Cremation is planned, with remains to be buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Anne M. Scully Senior Center.  See for online condolences.