Boylston-Carmen A. (Doiron) Deffely, 89, passed away peacefully at Knollwood Nursing Center in West Boylston on Sunday, July 22, 2018. She is survived by her children, Janice Chalifoux & husband Robert of Boylston; James O’Keefe of Hilo, HI; Rosemary Keefe of Stafford, VA; and Kathleen O’Keefe of Franklin. She leaves her beloved grandchildren, Amanda Richardson, Dana O’Keefe, Jessica, Joel, and Linette Chalifoux, Kimberly and Mary DiGioia; 10 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her husbands, John "Mike" O'Keefe and James A. Deffely, her son, Matthew J. Keefe, granddaughter Kathleen Chalifoux, and siblings, George, Charles, Mary, and Anita Doiron.
Carmen was born in Lewiston, Maine to the late John & Mary (Kenney) Doiron. She graduated from Monmouth, ME High School. In addition to raising her family, Carmen worked for many years as a statistician at the former Metropolitan State Hospital, and served as the long-time office manager at Waltham Dental Center. Carmen held a great interest in history and politics, loved music, and was an avid reader and Scrabble champion. She was known as a generous, outgoing lady with a wicked Irish sense of humor. Carmen spent many happy years in Framingham, then Boylston, and later resided at Corcoran House in Clinton. She was happiest while in the company of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,and will be forever missed and remembered lovingly as the dedicated matriarch of her family. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Friday, August 3, 2018 in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a calling hour prior from 9:30 until 10:30AM. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Boylston. Memorial contributions may be made in Carmen’s memory to: Katie's 5K Memorial Scholarship Race, www.katies5k.com Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com