Mary D. ‘Dolly’ (Foley) Doherty

September 16, 2015

Mary D. ‘Dolly’ (Foley) Doherty

MARY D. “DOLLY” (FOLEY) DOHERTY – of Woburn, Wednesday, September 16th. Beloved wife of the late John J. Doherty. Devoted mother of Kevin Doherty and his wife Carmen of Litchfield, NH and the late Jackie, Robert, and Paul Doherty and Marion Oldham. Dear sister of the late Muriel McVeigh, Kay Rafferty, Jack Foley and Marion Montano. Cherished grandmother of eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also survived by a daughter-in-law, Janet Doherty and a son-in-law, Jack Oldham and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, September 21st at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00am. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Mary’s name to the American Cancer Society,30 Speen Street,Framingham, MA 01701.

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OBITUARY:

Mary D. “Dolly” (Foley) Doherty, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Woburn Nursing Center. She was 92 years of age. She was the beloved wife of the late John H. Doherty of Woburn, to whom she was married for 38 wonderful years.

Dolly was born in Lowell, on October 4, 1922, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Nolan) Foley. She was educated in Lowell and raised with her sisters, Muriel (Mu), Catherine (Kay), Marion and brother Jack. Mary was nicknamed Dolly by her brother Jack, he called her Dolly from a young age and that has been her nickname for the past 90+ years. Dolly met her husband, John H. Doherty at the Commodore Club in Lowell, the both loved to dance. They dated a bit and were married in June of 1942.

John was from Woburn and this is where they started their family. They brought five dedicated and loving children into the world, Jackie, Robert, Marion, Paul and Kevin. They lived in the south end of Woburn and the Green Street area. Family was her life ! She adored all of her children and as they went on to have their own families when was always there to help whatever they needed. John and Dolly loved traveling to the Catskill Mountains, a trip to Ireland, Cape Cod and spending time at the beach. John and Dolly loved Irish music and loved dancing to Noel Henry. Dolly made several trips to California to help care for her sister and then her brother. Dolly was a homemaker and loved to cook, she loved making homemade soups and no cookout was complete without her potato salad and her shrimp dip. She went to work for Marshalls in the 70’s and then McLean Hospital as a nursing assistant.

Dolly was delighted in being “Nana” to eight grandchildren. She took great pride hearing of all their accomplishments. She was fortunate to see seven great grandchildren. These were her greatest joys.

Dolly retired from McLean Hospital and moved to Burlington with her daughter and son-in-law. During retirement she enjoyed going to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun with her sister and family. She thought there was nothing better in life than sharing it with family and friends.

In addition to her parents Mary was sadly predeceased by her husband John J. Doherty; her children, Jackie, Robert, Paul Doherty and Marion Oldham; as well as her siblings, Muriel McVeigh, Kay Rafferty, Jack Foley and Marion Montano.

She is lovingly survived by her son, Kevin Doherty and his wife Carmen; her eight grandchildren; her seven great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Janet Doherty; her son-in-law, Jack Oldham ; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, September 21st at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00am. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Mary’s name to the American Cancer Society,30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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  1. Doherty family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Culhane Family

  2. Our condolences to all of the Doherty families. Dolly was a sweetheart, and she is now at home with her beloved husband and children. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Leo & Barbara Donovan

  3. Dolly You will be missed very much, I have great memories of you as a small child. Breakfast with you and John and all the things you did for my family we love you very much and will always be grateful for all you did. You are now with John and Paul and Marion John and Robert and everyone else who loves you.

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