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Claire L.(Meuse) Scarborough

Claire L.(Meuse) Scarborough
  • February 6, 1937 - September 27, 2018
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice
    178 Savin St.
    Malden, MA 02148

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“It was sad to hear that Claire had passed away. She was my co-worker at Melrose Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. I will never...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Marsha Cleversey - Merrimac, MA

“Jon and family. We were saddened to learn of Claire's passing. I always enjoyed reminiscing with her about her uncle's popcorn stand at Wakefield...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Janet Mathison

“Jon and family,Memories of Claire will also be of being met with 'her smile' in the neighborhood!Sorry for your loss. Warmly, Dick & Deb ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Debbie Hannus - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Claire Lucille (Meuse) Scarborough, 81, of Melrose, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2018. She had been in failing health and was residing at Oosterman's Rest Home in Melrose, MA.

Claire was the youngest of three children born to the late Walter and Sadie Meuse on February 6, 1937 in Winchester, Massachusetts. Raised in Wakefield, Massachusetts she attended St. Joseph's School and then Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, graduating in 1954. She started to pursue a degree at Northeastern University but switched to attend the Malden Hospital School of Medical Technology after being offered a scholarship. Claire joined the microbiology lab staff at Malden Hospital after finishing her coursework. During this time she met a young man named Jon working at Hopkins Ice Cream in Melrose. They married in April of 1958.

Claire and Jon raised three daughters – Kori, Jodi and Erika. They initially resided in Malden and then Medford, moving to Melrose in 1967. Claire continued to be employed at Malden Hospital until it closed after the merger to form Hallmark Health. She continued to work for Hallmark Health, moving on to work in the labs at Melrose-Wakefield and Lawrence Memorial Hospitals, until her retirement in 2006.

For Claire, love of family came first. She ensured all of her girls grew up into strong and independent women. She exemplified this by resuming her college education and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Northeastern University in 1985. When her youngest daughter Erika was born with the birth defect Spina Bifida, she helped form the Massachusetts Spina Bifida Association (MSBA) to make sure parents and families had a support network.

Claire loved family dinners, knitting, crossword puzzles and enjoying her television shows. Each summer the family would travel to Moody Beach, Maine, where Claire would gather the family for sand sculptures, lobster dinners and family time. Claire was a friend to all and could speak with CEOs and Custodial staff alike, showing them respect and dignity in every encounter. If you joined Claire for lunch at the hospital you never knew who she would be sitting with. No matter where she went – even Paris, France – Claire met someone she knew as her circle of friends was vast.

In 2000 and 2002 Claire added to her circle of love with the birth of her two grandchildren Andrew and Jackson. Grammy was always happy to have the boys around and they became a focal point in her life and remained that way until her last day.

Claire was the beloved wife of Jon D. Scarborough. Loving mother of Kori S. Mendonsa & her husband Anthony, Jodi L. Texeira & her husband Stephen, all of Melrose and Erika J. Scarborough of PA. Devoted daughter of the late Walter & Sadie (Doiron) Meuse. Cherished grandmother of Andrew & Jackson Texeira, both of Melrose. Caring sister of the late Delores Andres and Eugene Meuse. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives & friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Monday, Oct. 1st from 4-8PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.

The family would like to thank and acknowledge the care team and staff of Hallmark Hospice and Oosterman's of Melrose. Their care and efforts made Claire's final months more comfortable. Memorial contributions in Claire's name may be made to Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148.