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FRAMINGHAM – Lydia Ramona Dumas, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away the morning of March 10, 2020 after 76, light filled years with us.

A resident of Framingham for most of her life, Lydia brought joy to all who came in contact with her.

Known for her infectious laugh and ever present smile, she always found a way to take the high road regardless of the situation. Her ability to make a subtle comment that brought a smile to your face in the moment, but as the minutes passed made you laugh uncontrollably, was unmatched. Lydia truly found the joy in life and made the moments with her family and friends count as if they would be etched in time.

Although initially quiet and soft spoken, Lydia found a way to become the center of the room. No matter the situation, the conversation and group would usually flow around her. After living in Framingham for many years she moved to Lifecare Center of Auburn to be closer to family. After just a few weeks that infectious laugh of hers permeated the halls where Lydia leaves behind a great many friends.

Lydia was the daughter of Nicholas and Teresa Zaffino, and sister to Dominic, Richard, Nicholas, Elia, Ellie, Olga, and Elaine. She was the wife of the late Robert Dumas, who silently must have wondered how he could be so lucky as to land such an adoring soulmate.  Although always wanting a daughter, Lydia was instead “blessed” to be the mother of three boys; Robert Dumas of Charlton, MA, Scott Dumas of Fayetteville, NY and Jim Dumas of Scituate, MA – commonly referred to as “The Boys”. However that want of hers was fulfilled as she was the mother-in-law to Kelly, Beth and Nicole, and grandmother to Carly, Kiley, Kyra and Megan.

Although spoken of in the past tense, she will forever be in the hearts and the memories of her family and friends.

A funeral service will be held Monday March 16 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main Street in Ashland.

Calling hours will be held Monday from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.