Grace G. Corrigan, a longtime resident of Framingham, died peacefully on November 8, 2018 at the age of 94. Grace was born on March 4, 1924 in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of the late Marion (Harder) of New York and Stephen A. George of Connecticut.
After graduating from high school, Grace attended art school in New York City where she honed her skills as an accomplished artist. She loved to paint and her Framingham home was adorned with her works of art. After raising her five children, Grace enrolled at Framingham State College, graduating in four years with a B.A. in Education.
She was a special person with a verve for life and unbounded energy. She loved gardening and spent countless hours in her beloved rock garden under the American flag. She was generous with her time, taking active roles in the Girl Scouts, the Framingham Garden Club, and the PTA. An animal lover, she made sure the Corrigan household had at least one but generally multiple dogs and cats.
Grace was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all. Grace is survived by her two sons, Christopher of Framingham and Stephen & his wife Anne of CA, two daughters, Lisa Bristol & her husband Robert of Sterling and Elizabeth & her partner Gudrun of CA, her son-in-law Steven McAuliffe of NH; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Edward C. Corrigan; her brother Stephen George; and her daughter, Christa McAuliffe, who died in the space shuttle Challenger accident on January 28, 1986.
Following the Challenger tragedy, for many years Grace carried on Christa’s message of the importance of education, traveling throughout the country as the keynote speaker at Challenger Centers, Space Camps, and elementary and high schools – many bearing Christa’s name. Christa’s message was also shared through the book, A Journal for Christa, authored by Grace.
Family and friends will honor and remember Grace’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham, on Sunday November 11th from 1 – 5 P.M. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday morning in St. George Church, 74 School St. Saxonville, at 10 o’clock. Interment will be private.
Remembrances may be made in Grace’s name to: Buddy Dog Humane Society, 151 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776, www.buddydoghs.com/donate.
Buddy Dog Humane Society
151 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA 01776