Marsha J. (Paris) Maher

October 18, 2015

Marsha J. (Paris) Maher

MARSHA J. (PARIS) MAHER- Of Woburn, Sunday, October 18th. Beloved wife of the late Timothy W. Maher. Devoted mother of Bridget Paris (Maher) Kamas and her husband Theodore “Ted” of Boston and Patrick Timothy Maher of Woburn. Dear sister of Paul Paris and his wife Peg, Vinnie Paris, Rickie Paris, and Steven Paris and his wife Nancy all of Woburn. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 22nd at 9:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Marsha’s name to Multiple Sclerosis Society , 101 A First Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

OBITUARY:

Marsha J. (Paris) Maher passed away Sunday, October 18th after an outstandingly courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. The beloved wife of the late Timothy W. Maher, Marsha was sixty three years of age.

The daughter of the late Guy and Jeanne (Callahan) Paris, Marsha was one of five children and reigned as the only daughter with four brothers. Raised and educated in Woburn, Marsha was a graduate of St. Charles High School with the Class of 1971. Marcia continued her educational per suits first at Middlesex Community College and then to University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she was the recipient of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, in 1976. Marsha had worked as a Nutritionist for the State for several years and later secured the position of Director of Food Service for the Canton Public Schools for over twenty years.

While at home in her garage, Marsha’s brothers were there with their friends, when she was introduced to Timmy Maher. This was the beginning of over a quarter century relationship!

They married in 1984 and together brought two wonderful children into the world., made their home in Davis Square, Somerville for a bit then back to Woburn where they nestled in the Green Street area. It was there that they raised their children and were an intricate part of a tremendous neighborhood experience.

Summers were always spent at the Cape where some truly wonderful memories were made and shared with all their family and friends! Road trips were also on the agenda, sometimes beginning at 5 a.m. to a surprise destination, maybe lasting the day or even several days and it was always an adventure! Being Irish was very important in the Maher household, where the culture, food and traditions were strong.

Marsha being a nutritionist, always paid great attention to the eating habits and nutrition of her family. But when vacations came she would suspend the “rules” of eating! Once the vacation ceased, nutrition was back at the forefront! All sporting events, school activities, graduations and right up to three weeks ago at her daughter’s wedding, Marsha was front and center, totally immersed in the happenings.

When diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Marsha faced it head on, taking one day at a time, making each day absolutely the best day possible, and ALWAYS with a smile! Her very calm demeanor, beautiful smile and patient ways, Marsha fought the good fight, she has finished her course, all with the faith, dignity, respect and love of all.

In addition to her parents, Guy Paris and Jeanne (Callahan) Paris Marsha was sadly predeceased by her husband Timothy W. Maher.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Bridget Paris (Maher) Kamas and her husband Theodore “Ted” of Boston and Patrick Timothy Maher of Woburn; her siblings, Paul Paris and his wife Peg, Vinnie Paris, Rickie Paris, and Steven Paris and his wife Nancy all of Woburn; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 22nd at 9:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Marsha’s name to Multiple Sclerosis Society , 101 A First Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

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  1. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord
    And may the perpetual light shine down upon her.
    May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  2. Words cannot describe how much this wonderful, strong, amazing lady will be missed. Who else could make everyone at the doctor’s office laugh and smile?
    As Marsha would say: “Love ya”, Roxann

  3. I am so proud to be a classmate of Marsha. She made the St. Charles experience a plus always.
    Never a day would go bye that Marsha did not take her sense of humour and made the day of her classmates. So sorry that she had to have this diagnosis, I know the devasting effects that this illness gives, because my daughter has the same illness. She always reminded me of Marsha. The world was a better place to have known her. Laughter Joy , was some of the great qualities she lived by, and always a great friend. Peace and Joy to her family, you were blessed to have her as a mother, sister and friend to all. Denise DeJessie Farquharson

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