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Joan ‘Kellie’ (Halliday) Ferri, 83, a longtime resident of Southborough and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 12, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
She was the beloved wife of the late Richard P. Ferri who died in 2010. Together they were co-owners of the Vaccon Company in Medway.
Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Keefe) and Wilfred Halliday.
Joan graduated from Framingham High School in 1952 and continued her education at Worcester Teaching College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1956.
She was a substitute teacher in the Southborough school system and was very active in the Southborough community and youth organizations; including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Joan also helped start Southborough Youth Girls Softball League. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf until her illness would not allow her to continue. In addition to being an avid golf and tennis fan, she was also a longtime Notre Dame football fan.
Joan was two-time breast cancer survivor and a one-time lung cancer survivor. She was the inspiration for the ‘pink pump’ breast cancer awareness promotion established in her honor by Vaccon employees; a very unique product that was embraced in the industrial automation industry.
She is survived by her children, Matthew Ferri and his wife Barbara Demers of Uxbridge; Ellen Ferri of Hudson and Yoohoo; Thomas Ferri of Silk Hope, NC; Brian Ferri and his fiancé , Patricia Gallivan of Westborough; her siblings, Wilfred Halliday of Vernon, CT; James Halliday and his wife Maryann of North Conway, NH; her grandchildren; Jacqueline Ferri of Hudson and Jeffrey Ferri of Westborough; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Ferri of Hudson; and her sister-in-laws, Connie Halliday of Yarmouth; Anna Halliday of Hudson.
She was predeceased by her brother John Halliday and a sister-in-law Ann Halliday.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 16, from 4 to 7 at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.
A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, August 17, at 11 am at St. Matthew Church, 26 Highland Street, Southborough. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th St., NY, NY 10036, bcrf.org or St Jude’s Children Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, stjude.org
To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit, morrisfuneralparlor.com.