Danvers — Maryellen Flynn, RN, 68, of Peabody, died peacefully at the Hathorne Hill Rehabilitation, Danvers, MA, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, following a brief illness. Maryellen was born August 26, 1944,
to Dr. John (Jack) and Virginia T. (Cashman) Flynn of Salem and Marblehead. Maryellen attended St. Mary’s Grammar School and Salem High School. She was a graduate of the Newman Preparatory, Back Bay, Boston, and Mount Saint Mary College, Hooksett, New Hampshire. She also graduated from the Nurse Education Program at North Shore Community College after which she worked as a Registered Nurse at several health care facilities on the North Shore including the Visiting Nurse Association.
Maryellen was the sister to Jane Fanning of Pelham, Joanne Berube of Salem, Peter Flynn of Peabody, Martha Richards of Maine, Timothy Flynn of North Carolina and Marblehead, Sarah McCormack of Marblehead and Michael Flynn of California. She was preceded in death by her brother John G Flynn. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She also leaves her cousins and their families.
Maryellen was a brilliant, deep thinking woman who possessed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She found this knowledge through her love of reading. Be it about medicine, biology, the animal kingdom, the arts, politics, entertainment, history, religions of the world, literature, fiction or the paranormal Maryellen was interested in it. She loved to discuss anything with anybody. It was not unusual at family gatherings to hear her nieces and nephews marvel at the depth and breadth of Maryellen's knowledge. For many years Maryellen has provided counseling and assisted others in resolving personal and life difficulties. These efforts produced very positive results on many lives. Maryellen was a deeply religious person who took great comfort in her beliefs. She had a special fondness and respect for the dedicated Carmelites of Peabody and she thanks them for their prayers. She also had a special place for in her heart for all animals, especially cats. She was always caring for and providing food and shelter for stray cats wherever she was. Maryellen’s family thanks the caring staff at the former Cedar Glen Care and Rehabilitation Center, now the Hathorne Hill Rehabilitation and Care Center of Danvers and the wonderful people of Life Choice Hospice for their kindness and consideration during this difficult time.