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Patricia Byrne of Melrose, maternity nurse who loved ice cream at age 75

Patricia M. (Higgins) Byrne of Melrose died Wednesday. She was 75.

She was born in Burlington and raised in Woburn and Medford.

She was a graduate of Girls Catholic High School and Malden School of Nursing.

Mrs. Byrne worked as a maternity nurse at Malden School of Nursing, St. Margaret’s Hospital and Malden Hospital.

She went on to work for the Malden Council of Aging.

Mrs. Byrne raised her children in Melrose.

She centered her life around her family, her grandchildren and spending time in Freedom, N.H., where her favorite activity was eating the largest bowl of ice cream.

She enjoyed her nursing luncheons, dinners with friends and traveling to the casino with her sister to play her favorite penny slot machine.

She was the biggest cheerleader at all of her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Mrs. Byrne is survived by her husband Charles J.; two daughters, Marianne Burke and Kathleen Camelio of Melrose; two sons, Michael and Charles of Melrose; 11 grandchildren; four brothers, Joseph Higgings, John F. Higgins, Robert Higgins and William Higgins; a sister, Mary Andreottola; and many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday at Incarnation Church, Melrose.

Interment will be in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.

Arrangements by Gately Funeral Home, Melrose.