Emily Coughlin

Emily M. Coughlin (Bovill)

February 9, 1931 - October 22, 2020
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Emily Merrill (Bovill) Coughlin, Age 89, a longtime Chelmsford resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 22,2020 at Sunny Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Chelmsford. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul J. Coughlin with whom she shared 49 years of marriage until his passing in 2003.

Emily was born on February 9, 1931 in Lowell, MA and was a daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Humphrey) Bovill.

Emily was an 89 year old native of Chelmsford and 1949 graduate of Chelmsford High School. She grew up on the family butcher farm (Merrill Farm) at 131 Drum Hill Rd, the Chelmsford Poor Farm (Manning House) at 110 Billerica Rd, 201 Dalton Rd, 16 Old Stage Rd, raised a family at 54 Parker Rd and came to rest at Sunny Acres on 254 Billerica Rd.

Emily enjoyed her work life starting at The Merrimac Manufacturing in Lowell, then went to work for Raytheon in Bedford, MA as a defense secretary. She became a mother then joined Grants Dept. Store and the Lamplighter Gift Shop both in Chelmsford, MA. Rejoining the work world fulltime, she went to Wang Labs in Lowell then Market Basket in Westford.

Her gardening, her grandchildren and holding yard sales in the Fall were her passions.

Emily leaves her daughter Pamela A. Veiga and husband Tory M. Veiga of Hollis, NH, her three grandchildren Carly, Lindsey and Michael Veiga, her brother William Bovill and his partner Janice Rollo of N. Chelmsford; sister-in-law Carol Bovill of Center Harbor, NH and brother-in-law D. Eric Thomson of Portsmouth, NH.
She is predeceased by her brother Frederick Bovill.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St. Chelmsford, MA. Funeral services and internment will be held privately.

Memorial donations may be made in Emily’s name to Sunny Acres Activity Fund, 254 Billerica Rd, Chelmsford, MA.

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    October 30, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    October 30, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Funeral Service and Interment will be held privately.


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John Wilder

Posted at 02:51pm
Bill- Sorry to hear about your sister. May she rest in Peace.

Marcia Walsh

Posted at 09:28am
Remembering Emily as a lovely woman. May this tribute to Emily be a reminder of her love of nature and gardening.
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Karen McCabe

Posted at 03:05pm
Dear Billy & Janice: I am sorry for the loss of your sister. My Aunt Nancy told me and she said they would sit together in church and keep in touch. I am very sorry my Aunt also said that Emily loved spending holidays with you & Janice. I remember her always being so pleasant to me when I would go to the Lamplighter Shop or the bakery. She always went out of her way to be kind & considerate. She was a nice lady. Sincerely, Karen(Greenwood) Flynn McCabe Zephyrhills,Florida

Dorey Maioriello

Posted at 12:04pm
Dear Pam, I am so sad to read about the passing of your mom. My mom loved visiting with her, and you when you came by at the home. We know how you are feeling, unfortunately, and I wanted to send my sympathies and prayers. On my monthly visits, I always made sure to get them together for a visit. I am sure your mom is very happy right now finally at rest and peace. My thoughts are with you. It is very difficult to lose a mom. Sincerely, Dorey Maioriello

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