Doris (Reid) McElhinney

January 13, 2020

Doris (Reid) McElhinney

Doris (Reid) McElhinney – of Newton, formerly of Woburn, January 13th at the age of ninety-eight. Beloved wife of the late Norman McElhinney. Devoted mother of Cynthia Barstow, her life partner Ron Metro of Ashland, MA. Dear sister of the late Frederick Reid and Ethel Smith. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, January 17th, at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Friday morning 10:30-11:30 a.m. PRIOR to the Funeral Service.  Remembrances may be made in Doris’ honor to the Good Shepard Hospice Community Care, 90 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 02459.

Doris (Reid) McElhinney, a former resident of Woburn, and West Newton, passed away Monday morning, January 13th. The beloved wife of the late Norman McElhinney, who passed away in 1954, was ninety-eight years of age, and the beloved mother of Cynthia Barstow.

Born in Woburn, close to a century ago Doris was the daughter of the late Caleb and Eugenie (Fema) Reid. Raised and educated here, Doris was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1939.

Doris had met the “true love of her life” Norman McElhinney, as they had attended the same church here in Woburn. In 1945 they married, having moved to Waltham, and later to West Newton, settling down to raise their family. Sadly, and suddenly, Norman passed away in 1954 only after nine years of marriage and they were the proud parents of their cherished daughter Cynthia.

Doris dedicated herself to raising their daughter Cindy, who over the years has been her best friend and confidant, truly dedicated to each other.

When Doris returned to work, Accounting and Bookeeping were her area’s of expertise, and she was never short on work! JP Hood and Co., the Methodist Church in Waltham, and the General Electric Corp..

A very social woman, Doris had a host of friends all throughout her life time. She remained very close with many of her classmates from ’39 and had made many more friends at work and from her neighborhood in West Newton.

Doris loved music and the music she fancied was that of the ‘big band era.” In the house, in the car or an evening out, to listen to that music just brought her great memories and wonderful times.

Doris’ greatest joy in life, was her daughter Cindy. Their bond grew stronger over the years, along with the abundance of love they were able to share was very, very special.

In addition to her beloved husband Norman, Doris was predeceased by her parents, sister and brother Ethel Smith and Frederick Reid.

Doris is survived by her dear daughter Cindy and her life partner Ron Metro, both of Ashland. She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.  

A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, January 17th, at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Friday morning 10:30-11:30 a.m. PRIOR to the Funeral Service.  Remembrances may be made in Doris’ honor to the Good Shepard Hospice Community Care, 90 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 02459.

A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, January 17th, at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Friday morning 10:30-11:30 a.m. PRIOR to the Funeral Service.  Remembrances may be made in Doris’ honor to the Good Shepard Hospice Community Care, 90 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 02459.

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  1. Illy and Jordan

    Cindy and Ron,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Hoping you are able to surround yourself with friends and family, and that it will guide you through this tough time.
    Best wishes,
    Illy and Jordan

  2. I first met Doris at Sunrise and then again at Mary Anne Morse. She was just s spark of life who was always sweet.

    My condolences to the family.

  3. Dear Cindy and Ron,

    Our hearts, love and thoughts are with you both. May your fond memories bring you comfort.

    “Death is nothing at all

    I have only slipped away to the next room.

    I am I and you are you.

    Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are”.

    Love,

    Jim & Behe

  4. Cindy and Ron:

    Thinking of you both the time I’ve spent with all of you definitely was a pleasure such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love,

  5. Cheryl Yacovone

    Cindy & Ron,

    Thinking of both of you and hoping that beautiful memories and loving support from family and friends will guide you through this difficult time.
    Sending prayers and hugs,

    Cheryl & John Yacovone

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