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Obituary: Maryellen Standring

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette November 20, 2014

HOLDEN – Maryellen T. (Atchue) Standring, 67, of Holden, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at home after a long struggle with A.L.S.

She leaves her husband of 44 years, David; three children, Megan M. Moore and her husband Craig of Tampa, Fla., David J. Standring Jr. and his wife Beth of Norwood, and Maura K. Harold and her husband Patrick of Hingham; nine grandchildren, Bridget, Shannon, Bernie and Evan Moore, David J. Standring III and Courtney Standring, and Mallory, Allison and Sean Harold.

She also leaves her mother, Mary T. (Burke) Atchue of Worcester; four brothers, Kenneth F. Atchue and his wife Mary Ellen of West Boylston, Earl V. Atchue Jr. and his wife Nancy of Paxton, Timothy M. Atchue and his wife Laurie of Worcester, and Charles J. Atchue and his wife Regina of Grafton; cousins Mary Stappenbeck and her husband Thad, Jack Swiatek and his wife Denise, and many nieces and nephews.

Maryellen’s father, Earl V. Atchue Sr., died in 2011. She was predeceased by grandchildren Patrick and Michael Standring.

Maryellen was born in Worcester where she lived until moving to Holden 20 years ago.

She was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and Worcester State College. She earned a master’s degree in education at Lesley College in Cambridge.

Maryellen enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. She was a passionate shopper, always looking for the best bargain! She was naturally altruistic, and filled with generosity for her friends and charity for her community. Most importantly, she was devoted to being with her grandchildren.

Maryellen was an elementary school teacher in the Worcester Public Schools for many years, retiring from Chandler Magnet School.

Calling hours are Sunday, November 23, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Monday, November 24 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care A.L.S., P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.