DORIS E. McKEE – in Woburn, January 13th. Beloved mother of Janis A. Wagner of FL, William T. DiZio of Burlington, Lesley J. Hegarty of Winchester, Nancy E. DiZio of Randolph, Anne R. Flynn of Concord, Peter M. DiZio of Metheun and the late John Paul DiZio. Dear sister of Helen Hennelly and her husband Frank. Devoted grandmother of Christina Ann Patteras of GA, Paul T Wagner of IA, Matthew J. and Alex J. DiZio of Woburn, Ryan J. and Kayla E. Flynn of Concord, and three great-grandchildren, Philip, Hannah and Christopher. Also lovingly survived by many cousins and dear friends. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’s Church, Cambridge Road, Woburn on Wednesday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris’s memory to the Special Olympics Fund, 470 Washington Street, PO Box 194, Norwood, MA 02062.
Doris E. McKee passed away early Saturday morning January 13th, embraced by her children. The beloved daughter of the late Thomas J. and Anna Regina (Farrey) McKee, she was born in Woburn eighty-two years ago.
Her family moved to Winchester when she was very young and she attended Winchester schools, graduating from Winchester High School with the Class of 1942. While attending high school, Doris was an avid sportswoman, participating in the various sports.
In 1945 she joined the US Navy, which had been her dream since being a child, assisting her country during WW II.
Doris raised her seven children in Winchester, always partaking and supporting all their activities, in education and sporting events. She was a woman of tremendous faith and provided her children with a wonderful role model for their own individual journeys in faith. Being a very kind, gentle and loving woman, Doris was always an advocate for those in this world who are unable to speak for themselves, and always so very sensitive to the needs of others.
After her children were grown and out of school, Doris and her son John Paul moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, which she described as seven of the happiest years of her life. Her son John Paul, who had Downs Syndrome, was involved in a workshop there, and both she and John Paul shared in a Catholic Church there that added so much to their lives. When John Paul became ill they returned to Woburn, where Doris had always had kept very strong ties and referred to as “home.”
Following the death of John Paul, she worked as a Crossing Guard at the Goodyear School, and made her home at Library Place. Over the last several years she had begun a genealogical study of her family and was also quite an historian on the City of Woburn, participating daily at “Woburn Chat.” Returning home from Florida, Doris became a member of St. Barbara’s Church where she was a daily communicant and Eucharistic Minister, participating in any way that she could to help the church.
She had a wonderful ear for music and when she wasn’t playing the piano she would be listening to different genres. Her Irish heritage was always very close to her heart and she felt very strong and proud of, something she has passed along to her children and grandchildren.
Doris was most of all a very devoted and loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Doris was predeceased by her parents and son John Paul.
She is lovingly survived by her children, Janis A. Wagner of Florida, William T. DiZio of Burlington, Lesley J. Hegarty of Winchester, Nancy E. DiZio of Randolph, Anne R. Flynn of Concord, and Peter M. DiZio of Metheun. She was the dear sister of Helen Hennelly and her husband Frank, and devoted grandmother of Christina Ann Patteras of Georgia, Paul T. Wagner of Iowa, Matthew J. and Alex J. DiZio of Woburn, Ryan J. and Kayla E. Flynn of Concord, and three great- grandchildren, Philip, Hannah and Christopher. She is also lovingly survived by many cousins and dear friends.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’ss Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Wednesday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris’s memory to the Special Olympics Fund, 470 Washington Street, PO Box 194, Norwood, MA 02062 or to the National Shrine of St. Jude, Claretian Missionary Fathers, 205 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606.