Norma Dawn (White) Doherty

March 29, 2020

Norma Dawn (White) Doherty

Norma Dawn (White) Doherty- of Woburn, at the age of eighty-nine, Sunday March 29th. Beloved wife of the late Richard J. Doherty. Cherished mother of Theresa “Terry” Doherty of FL, Sean M. Doherty of NH and the late James, Richard and Julie Doherty. Dear sister of the late Ronald and Thomas White. Also survived by her best friend and “sister” Jean Barris of Worcester and several nieces and nephews. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In life of flowers, remembrances may be made in Norma’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Norma Dawn (White) Doherty, passed away at the Pine Knoll Nursing Center in Lexington, Sunday March 29th, 2020.  The beloved wife of the late Richard J. Doherty, she was eighty-nine years of age.

Born in Holden, she was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Leona (Beauregard) White.  Norma grew up in Wellsely Hills and was a graduate of Wellsley High School with the Class of 1948.

After High School, Norma married the love of her life Richard Doherty.  They moved to the South End of Woburn where they made their home and raised their children.  A very loving and dedicated mother, her children all went to St. Charles and she was very active throughout the years with the school and church, also as an active member of the choir.

Summers were spent in Maine where she positively enjoyed fun in the sun, sand and water, always with her family!  Florida was the place to visit in the winter after the children were grown and a place where she just loved to celebrate her birthday for a good number of years.  Just before her husband had passed away, they had taken a fiftieth anniversary cruise to Bermuda,  where they truly had a wonderful time.

While the children were growing up Norma worked as a caterer, where she was known for her unbelievable cooking and baking, with a presentation, that was just beyond elegant.  Over the years she had taught her daughter the fine art of cooking and baking, but always remembering, the presentation!

A real lover of music, Norma could and would sing in the house in the church and for rides in the car with family!  A wonderful birthday surprise she had went to the symphony and dinner while enjoying the music of George Gershwin.  She loved it!

Norma took great pride in her family and was most dedicated to all throughout the years.  Meticulous in her dress, she loved to dress for the Kentucky Derby, have mint julips, big beautiful hats and route for the “grey” horse!  Norma’s life was full of love, family, excitement, good food and wonderful friends.  A life well lived with lots of great memories.

Sadly, Norma was predeceased by her parents Tom and Leona, her husband Richard and dear children James, Richard and Julie Doherty, along with her siblings Thomas and Ronald White.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter Terry M. Doherty of FL and and Sean M. Doherty of NH, and her best friend and “sister” Jean Barris of Worcester, also by several nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In life of flowers, remembrances may be made in Norma’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Service arrangements pending, please check back soon.

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  1. Dear Terry and Sean, My sympathy on the loss of your mother. I have great memories of times together in Woburn and in Maine. Will keep Dawn and you both in my prayers. May Her memory be eternal.

  2. So sorry for your loss Terry and Sean. The memories of Oxford Pl. will live on forever.

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