Mary Combs Obituary

Mary E. Combs
Mary E. Combs

January 7, 2021
Born in Worcester, MA
Resided in East Lyme, Connecticut

Obituary

Mrs. Mary E. Combs, of East Lyme and Pompano Beach Florida, passed away after a short illness on January 7.

She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and she was the daughter of the late Joseph O. and Mary E. Hamill LeBlanc.

She was married to Captain Thomas D. Combs, Jr. in Blessed Sacrament Church, Worcester, on May 9, 1959. They were married for sixty-one years.

Mrs. Combs graduated from Ascension High School, Worcester State University, and she received her MA and 6th year in Education from the University of Connecticut. Mrs. Combs began her teaching career in Worcester MA, teaching at the elementary level. She also taught for a short time in Norfolk, VA. Mrs. Combs taught language arts and reading at East Lyme Middle School for over 20 years. Prior to that, she volunteered for 10 years for the CCD program at Saint Matthias Church, teaching the First Communion class. She was also a Cub Scout Den mother In East Lyme while her son was involved in Cub Scouts.

She was a member of several honor societies in education, as well as a member of St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club (FL) and St. Matthias Women’s Club, where she once served as President of the St. Matthias Women’s Club. She wrote the original “History of St. Matthias Church,” (1939- 1980), including the background of the development of the Catholic Church in East Lyme. She also served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Matthias Church for many years.

In addition to her husband, she leaves five children: Ann Denise (Thomas) Boguszewski of Niantic, Thomas D. Combs lll (Renee) of Jacksonville Florida, Kathleen Dominique of East Lyme, Jeanne Marie (Joseph) Moore, of New Milford, and Mary Beth Combs (Troy Tassier) of Pleasantville NY.; Twelve grandchildren: Justin Dominique, Danielle (Rendell) Ames, Danielle Brown, Alexander, Matthew and Zachary Boguszewski, Madison and Mackenzie Combs, Joseph and Emmaline Moore, and Katherine and Nicholas Tassier; and one great- grandchild, Abigail Dominique.

She also leaves a sister and brother in-law, Anne and Norman Monks of York Beach, Maine; a brother, Joseph D. LeBlanc of Orrs Island, Maine and six nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Combs’ memory may be made to the Class of 1958 Scholarship at Worcester State University. Checks should be made payable to the Worcester State Foundation, Inc. and in the memo field indicate Class of 1958 Scholarship—In Memory of Mary Combs. Donations may be mailed to the Division of University Advancement, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602; or to Vitas Healthcare, a local hospice organization. Checks should be made payable to Vitas Community Foundation in memory of Mary Combs, and mailed to VITAS: Attention Katie McKinstry, 199 Park Rd. Ext., Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762.

Private funeral services will be held at St. Matthias Church in East Lyme with internment following at the East Lyme Cemetery. A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date.

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