May 24, 2015 11:26 AM EDT

A die-hard New England Patriots fan used her obituary to speak out in support of Tom Brady, the suspended NFL quarterback tangled up in the Deflategate controversy.

“She would also like us to set the record straight for her: Brady is innocent!!” the family of Patricia M. Shong, 72, wrote in the Massachusetts woman’s obituary, published Thursday in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

“That’s who my mother was,” said Shong’s daughter, Tracy Plante. “She was a big Patriots fan and it was something that defined her. She was very much a homebody and she always watched the Patriots on television.”

“It’s sad when someone dies, but we wanted everyone to remember our mother with a smile on their face,” Plante added. “We knew everyone would get a kick out of it. My mother certainly went out with a bang, I guess, because a lot of people are going to remember her for this.”

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[Worcester Telegram & Gazette]

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