Marion ‘Betsy’ Dora

September 2, 2017

Marion ‘Betsy’ Dora

Marion “Betsy” (Crowley) Dora- of Woburn, Saturday, September 2nd. Loving mother of Frederick and John Dora both of NH, and Keith Dora of Gardner. Dear sister of Larry Crowley, his wife Diane of Winchester, Douglas Crowley, his wife Joanna of Reading, James ‘Jim” Crowley, his husband Ron Viola of Billerica, Mary Ellen Valeri, her husband Dick of Lynn, Barbara Crowley-Ostroski, her husband Ray and the late Maureen Perkins, her husband “Skip”. Devoted grammy of Chad, Zoe, Phoebe, Dana Michael, and John Jr. At the family’s request, all services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.


Marion “Betsy” (Crowley) Dora passed away at the Winchester Hospital September 2nd at the age of sixty-nine after a brave battle with cancer.

Born in Woburn, Betsy was one of seven children born to the late Eleanor (Garvey) Crowley. Raised in the South End of Woburn, Betsy attended Woburn Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School Class of 1965.

There wasn’t anything Betsy couldn’t or wouldn’t attempt to do. A truly kind and caring woman, her family was first and foremost. They always knew that they could depend on her in both the good and bad times.

A very proud Woburnite, Betsy was involved in many of the activities of the city. She was proud to take on the task of mending the Woburn city flags that needed repair, and she was actively involved in working at different election polling areas throughout the city. She also volunteered at the Woburn Senior Center, which she loved, and where she ran the bingo games, often baked and cooked for her friends there, and sewed many crafts for fund raisers. She also hemmed clothes for other seniors. She had previously volunteered at Wingate Nursing Home in Reading, calling bingo and lending a hand with other activities with the residents.

Betsy had great love for her family, her community and life itself. She leaves a legacy which will be remembered by many and loved by all.

Betsy was predeceased by her mother Eleanor (Garvey) Crowley and sister Maureen Perkins.

She is lovingly survived by her dear sons, Frederick and John Dora both of NH and Keith Dora of Gardner, her grandchildren, Chad, Zoe, Phoebe, Dana Michael, and John Jr., her siblings, Mary Ellen Valeri and her husband Dick of Lynn, Larry Crowley and his wife Diane of Winchester, Douglas Crowley and his wife Joanna of Reading, Barbara Ostroski and her husband Ray, Jim Crowley and his husband Ron Viola of Billerica and brother-in-law “Skip” Perkins of Nashua, NH. Betsy is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request, services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. A “Celebration of Life” event will be held after her burial at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester, MA – date to be announced in the near future.


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  1. My sister Betsy will be greatly missed by our family and all of her friends. She was unique in that she always was taking care of others. Gladly, she shared whatever she had with anyone in need. She attended Christian groups for many years and loved God. One of her favorite places to go was the North Woburn Senior Center and cared very much about the staff and everyone who went there. Love you sis. B.

  2. Freddie,John,Keith and Family
    It is with a very heavy heart that I write this. I am so sorry to hear of “Betsy’s” passing. She gave a courageous battle right to the end. We have been friends for many years. She has certainly earned her “Angel Wings” with all she did for others. I will miss our long talks and going up there to share patterns and ideas. I pray that you find comfort and strength knowing she suffers no more. She is wrapped in the arms of our Father whom she worked for all of her life! I will miss you dearly R.I.P my beautiful friend…Till we meet again!
    Judy Gosselin

  3. Betsy was a fellow quilter and I will always remember the fun we had the years we did English as a Second Language Conversation groups together. We laughed, we taught skills and we learned from our students.

    May she rest in peace…Mary Kenngott

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  5. Sorry to hear about the passing of Betsy
    She was one in a million at the Woburn
    Senior Center. We will all miss her witty self.

    David Adelman
    Woburn Senior Center
    Computer Room

  6. Very sad about Betsy Passing. Will miss her dearly. I loved talking to her. A warm hearted women. Will miss her Smile.

    Mark Schmitz

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