Mary K. (Ferris) Stevens, 58, passed away peacefully at her home in Derry, NH, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, with her loving family by her side, after a courageous, five-year battle with inflammatory breast cancer.
She was born on August 25, 1964, in Methuen, MA, the only daughter of the late Laurence M. Ferris Sr. and Margaret M. (Andreoli) Ferris.
She was the beloved wife of Daniel J. Stevens. They were married on June 22, 1985, at St. Monica’s Church in Methuen, MA. They shared 38 wonderful years of marriage together and were truly best friends and soulmates. Together they had one daughter, Aja Stevens.
Mary attended Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen, MA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University. She worked for many years as a Training Specialist at Disability Determination Services in Boston, MA.
Mary had a great sense of humor, and her infectious laugh and quick wit will be missed by all who knew her. She had a passion for adventure, and loved traveling with her family, exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. Mary especially cherished trips to their camp in Newton, NH, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Iceland and her 30th wedding anniversary with Dan in Las Vegas, NV where they renewed their wedding vows with Elvis. Mary was always up for any adventure as long as she had Dan by her side.
Mary also had a deep love for animals, especially cats! Most importantly though, Mary was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend, who cherished spending time with her family, creating countless memories that will be treasured forever.
In addition to her husband, Dan, and daughter, Aja, Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law, Chantelle Vienneau Stevens; two brothers, Larry Ferris and his wife, Carrie and Mike Ferris; two brothers-in-law, Roy Stevens and his wife, Mary and David Stevens and his wife, Danielle; seven nephews, Ryan Ferris, Brendan Ferris, Logan Ferris, Ian Ferris, Roy Stevens, Michael Stevens and Alex Stevens; one niece, Kayla Stevens; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who were like family.
Mary's kind heart, joyful spirit, and zest for life touched the lives of many. Her loss is felt deeply by her husband Daniel, her daughters, extended family, and many friends. She will be dearly missed, but her memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
SERVICES: Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2023, from 2:00PM – 5:00PM at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03104. A funeral home service will follow at 5:00PM. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or online or to Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 SARL Drive, Salem, NH 03079 or online at https://www.sarlnh.org/donate.