NEWTON — Myra Kraft touched thousands of lives with her involvement in a host of Boston-area charities, and many of those people are expected to attend her funeral services.

Services for the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are scheduled for Friday at Temple Emmanuel in Newton.

Myra Kraft died of cancer on Wednesday. She was 68.

Kraft was familiar to football fans sitting next to her husband in the Patriots owner’s box. But behind the scenes she was an active and powerful force in her family’s foundation and served on the boards of varied community and charitable organizations.

She managed the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation and was president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, which contributed millions of dollars to charities.

The couple married in 1963.



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