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Mary  Elisabeth "Libby" (Shillady) Dell

Mary Elisabeth "Libby" (Shillady) Dell
  • August 11, 1920 - November 16, 2017
  • Needham, Massachusetts

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“My sincere condolences to the family. The first year without your loved one can be so hard to face, but the love of family and friends can carry you...Read More »
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“What a wonderful - full - life you lived. I wish I could have seen the happy reunion of you and Uncle Ernie seeing each other again. You will very...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jeffrey Palmquist - Louisville, KY

“I have adored Libby since I met her about 7 years ago when I first joined the church. She reminded me of my own grandmother. My children adore her...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Nancy Laste - Boston, MA

“I know Sis will be missed. She lived a good life. God's Grace. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Bob Schaferfriend - Santa Maria, CA

“One tough, independent, opinionated lady. Thank you Aunt Sis for constantly telling me to be nice to my sister as we will need each other one day. ...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“May God bless you and wrap you in his love. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Jennifer Barz - Louisville, KY

“I connected with Mary Elizabeth many years ago (about 30?). She was my father George Gove Huntington's cousin. His mother was Lydia Gove, Mary's...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Michele Huntington Corzett - CA

“Aunt Sis will be missed greatly. She was a true blessing for all of us and was always there for our big events to share in our memories. She filled...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Lyndsey Palmquist Diffey - KY


Mary Elisabeth Shillady Dell reunited with her beloved husband, Ernie on November 16, 2017. Libby, as she was known, was born on August 11, 1920, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and was a long-time resident of Needham. She was a true believer of the scientific method and never came upon a subject of which she did not have an opinion nor an argument in which she did not enjoy participation. She was a student of the world and an early historical feminist for which she was, extremely proud.
Her love, admiration and respect for her late husband, Ernie was unlimited and absolute; she never traveled without a picture of him.
Libby had a passion for her garden and loved any flower that was then in season. In addition, she loved her golf (at Wellesley Country Club), her family, her travels and her church, not necessarily in that order.
She was a proud graduate of Mt. Holyoke College (class of 1942) with a degree in bio-chemistry, and enjoyed touring the campus reminiscing with family members. She recently attended her class reunion in the Spring of 2017and anticipated attending her next class reunion in five years.
She was an active member of the Union Church in Waban, Massachusetts, with loving participation as a soprano in the church's choir.
She retired from a long career as a bio-chemist at the Veteran's Hospital in Jamaica Plains, during which time she worked in nuclear medicine and contributed to articles that were published in the Society of Nuclear Magazine periodical.
The love, time and attention she gave to her nephews, grand nephews and great-grand nephews was boundless. She is survived by the following nephews, Willard Boston, III (Nancy), Kenneth Boston (Carol), James Palmquist, III (Deborah), Jeffrey Palmquist, Sr. (Pam), Jonathan Palmquist, Sr. (Colleen), and Jackson Palmquist, Sr. (Laura). In addition, she had 18 grand nephews and nieces and 28 great-grand nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Ernest Dell, her parents, Robert and Marion Shilliday; sisters, Margaret Boston and Janet Palmquist and her nephew, Robert Boston.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Friday, December 1st from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A celebration of her life will be held at the Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Rd, Waban, on Saturday, December 2nd at 11 am, followed by a reception at the church. Graveside services will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Libby's name to the Union Church.
She wants to be remembered with "I worked to help people and make them happy". For obit, directions or to share a memory of Libby, please visit www.eatonfuneralhomes.com