Ann Marie Gallant Was Loving, Generous Person

Ann Marie Gallant, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 16, at her home in Oak Bluffs, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was born in Fall River to the late Edgar and Anna (Brady) St. John. She was graduated in 1950 from Warren High School in Warren, R.I. She married Walter S. Gallant on June 4, 1955. They had 48 wonderful years together. They lived in Barrington, R.I., until retiring to the Vineyard in 1994.

A communicant of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, she served as a eucharistic minister and CCD teacher.

Ann Marie had a loving and generous spirit. She loved cooking, the beach and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Walter; her children, Kathleen Jaron of Cumberland, Md., Linda McCormick of Cranston, R.I., and Walter J. Gallant of Spring, Tex.; her two sisters, Bernadette DeBlois of Warren, R.I., and Geraldine Shallcross of Rehoboth, and seven grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Edgar J. St. John, Therese Huftalen and Catherine Romano.

A memorial mass will be celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.