Meredith V. (Harrington) Dennison, 98

May 13, 2024

Meredith V. (Harrington) Dennison, 98 of Abington left this earth for her Heavenly Home on Friday evening, May 10, 2024.

Born on June 14, 1925 to the late Albert Nathan Harrington and Velma Alice (Wheeler) Harrington, Meredith was raised in Hanover where she attended school and graduated from Hanover High School, Class of 1943 and went on to attend business school. Three years after high school graduation, she became the beautiful bride to a handsome sailor - Ted Dennison. The two married March 3, 1946, just a little over a year after he returned from having served aboard the USS Enterprise in World War II. Settling first in Norwell, they soon moved to Abington where they built a legacy of love - their family! In all their years, their roots were never removed from that very house, even after Ted’s sudden passing on March 16, 1991. There, they raised three daughters and saw the birth of four grandchildren.

In her early years, she worked as a clerk. As the years went on, however, she stayed home to raise their daughters, maintain the home and answer telephone calls for Ted’s oil burner business, Olde Town Heating. She turned her incredible baking skills into an in-home business of baking and decorating cakes for weddings, birthdays and various other celebrations. And, to her family, she was the source of the best cake of all - Jello Cake! Although others may attempt to make that cake, none will ever compare to hers!

In their years together, Ted and Meredith were very active in both the Abington V.F.W. Post 5737 and the Abington American Legion Post 112, with Ted serving as Commander and in various other capacities, and Meredith actively serving in the Ladies Auxiliary, of which she is a Lifelong Member. Saturday nights were spent on the VFW dance floor, and countless days were spent organizing and helping at various events, fundraisers and more.

Meredith also had a love for music and brought that love to church choirs, the Island Grove chapter of the Sweet Adelines and simply sitting down at her old Hammond organ at home in her earlier years. She was a talented seamstress when a quick fix was needed, could knit, crochet, and form a beautiful dress from one of Saftler’s many patterns. Later, she would share a love for painting with her daughter, Debi, and create some of the most beautiful paintings…many of which are hanging in her home and the homes of her grandchildren! Her interest in reading was instilled in her daughter, Karen, who has taken up that mantle in her love of a good book. And, for her daughter, Donna, Meredith’s knack for domestic organization like stacking, folding, arranging and lining up everything just so, lives on. In our estimation, there wasn’t much she couldn’t do, whether in the house, in the garden or anywhere and everywhere else! Of course, she was also known for a slew of crazy sayings, none of which need to be mentioned here! And, when it came to great music, none could compare to the sound (and looks!), of ‘old blue eyes’ himself - Frank Sinatra!

She loved Jesus, the old hymns and - until her later years when she was unable to get out much - making a particular Pastor (her grandson!) the happiest of them all when she attended Sunday Worship at First Baptist Church in North Middleboro where she was also a member. Hymns like ‘Because He Lives,’ ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee,’ and ‘Ten Thousand Angels’ will never be sung without her in heart and mind!

She is survived by her three daughters - Karen K. Phillips (Richard) of Brockton, Donna L. Capaldo (Ed) of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Debi A. Hendrickson (Bob) of Abington. Without the love and incredibly awesome and amazing commitment to her care that Debi provided over these many years, Meredith wouldn’t have enjoyed the long and full life that she did! In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren - Rev. Jason D. Genest, Keith R. Genest, Amanda K. Genest and Paul D. Genest. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren by whom she is affectionately known to a few as ‘Double G-Ma!’

In addition to her parents and husband, she is also predeceased by her two brothers - Lloyd Harrington and Kevin Harrington and a few very special dogs throughout her many years.

The sweet song of birds, the beauty of a rose in bloom, anything pink and the sound of a great Sinatra tune will be even more beautiful now. And - perhaps in time - we’ll even find joy in saving wrapping paper! If we’re lucky enough, we’ll even catch a glimpse of a white-haired lady riding a bicycle, complete with a basket on the front, and a beautiful smile as bright as the sunshine above. But - the sweetest joy of all - is knowing that for as full as her years were here on earth, nothing compares to the greatest joy she discovered in seeing the Face of Jesus and experiencing the reunion of all those gone before us. Knowing she’ll be waiting for us makes the heart glad!

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 11am-1pm at the First Baptist Church in North Middleboro, located at 111 Plymouth Street (corner of Route 18 and Bedford Street), with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 1p.m., her grandson officiating. A private burial will take place at a later time, when she will be laid to rest with Ted in the Veterans Lot of Mount Vernon Cemetery, Abington.

The family also wishes to thank Meredith’s incredibly amazing home health aide over the past few years - Evelyn - and the wonderful and compassionate team of nurses from Old Colony Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Meredith’s honor to Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care - 321 Manley St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379. Their work - and their hearts - truly are indispensable!

We love you - Mom, Grandma, Double G-Ma…until we meet again!

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Arrangements are by the O'Neill Funeral Home, 59 Peirce Street, Middleboro.