Mary E. (Corbett) Fabas

January 3, 1936 ~ August 22, 2021 (age 85)

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Middleborough – Mary E. Fabas, (85) wife of Ronald J. Fabas of Middleborough, passed away at home with her family by her side on Sunday August 22nd, 2021. 

Mary was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Mahon) Corbett.  Mary grew up in a large family, one of eight children and the oldest daughter: Joe, Jack, Bob, Mary, Margie, Jim & Bill and Kathy.  She attended St. Leo’s School and Sacred Heart High School.  She entered the Sisters of Mercy Order in 1954 and chose to leave the order in 1958.

She worked as a dental assistant in several area dental offices. She completed her degree at Catholic Teachers College and Salve Regina, and she taught 3rd grade at St. Francis Xavier School in East Providence. After teaching for 9 years, Mary started selling real estate in 1971.  In 1975, she became a partner in Interstate Realty.  In 1979, she founded her own firm that was known under her name Mary E. Fabas Real Estate, Inc. Realtors.   Mary was active in the former Attleboro Area Board of Realtors, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.  She served on many local, state and national committees.  Mary was awarded the Attleboro Realtor of the Year award three times and received an award for her work on an education committee from the National Association.  Mary loved to talk about and work in the real estate field.  But what she loved most about real estate was being able to help families to find their first home, their dream home or mentor those in the field.  In 2021, she was awarded the REALTOR Emeritus status for 40 years of dedication to the real estate profession.

Ron and Mary met in the 6th grade at St. Leo’s School.  They went on their separate paths and met again when Ron returned from serving in the Army in Europe.  They met at the dental office that Mary was working in at that time. They were married in 1960 and have one daughter, Colleen.  As a family, they enjoyed traveling locally to the Cape, Narragansett and Vermont as well as other areas.  Ron and Mary were longtime residents of Attleboro and moved to Middleborough 2 years ago.  She was a lover of animals and had many pets over the years, most recently her loyal friend Daisy who was with her in her final days. Most of all, Mary enjoyed spending time and communicating with her family and close friends.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by her brother Joseph’s wife Margaret, brother Jack’s wife Connie, brother Robert, sister Margaret & Richard Morin, brother James & Lucille, brother William & Susan and sister Kate & Casey. She is survived by several lifelong friends especially Eileen Taylor and Sister Shirley Agnew. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  She enjoyed hearing of the growing family and latest news at the annual family gatherings. Mary was a source of strength and comfort to her family & friends and formed many special bonds.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday September 24th, 2021 at 10:30 am at St. John the Evangelist Church at 1 Saint John Place, Attleboro, MA 02703. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Southcoast VNA – Hospice division who provided exceptional care and support to Mary and her family.

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Memorial Mass
September 24, 2021

10:30 AM
St. John the Evangelist Church
1 Saint John Place
Attleboro, MA 02703
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Southcoast VNA Hospice
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