Mary Jane (Carroll) Doucette

September 17, 2020

Mary Jane (Carroll) Doucette

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Mary Jane (Carroll) Doucette – of Winchester, peacefully September 17th at the age of eighty-nine. Devoted wife of the late Norman E. Doucette Sr. Beloved mother of Diane M. Doucette, Norman E. Doucette Jr., his wife Linda, all of Winchester, Gary A. Doucette and his wife Linda of Jefferson, ME and the late James J. Doucette. Cherished grandmother of Larissa Sullivan, Samantha Doucette Elder, her husband Rick, Jill Doucette, her fiancée Bob Duprey, Emily, Joshua and Celine Doucette and the late Lauren Lee Doucette and great-grandmother to Corey and Makayla. Loving “sister” of the late Austin, Paul, Ralph and Robert Garvey, Eileen Regan, Jeanne Winn, Dorothy Haggerty, Marion Hall, Ruth Carroll and Geraldine Cantillon. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mary’s Funeral Mass and burial are private, and she will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Relatives and friends who feel comfortable, are invited to briefly pay their respects on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Jefferson Food Pantry PO Box 208 Jefferson, ME 04348 or to the Travis Mills Foundation 747 Western Avenue Manchester, ME 04351, that supports post 9/11 recalibrated veterans and their families.

 

Mary Jane (Carroll) Doucette – of Winchester, died peacefully with her children by her side, September 17th at the age of eighty-nine. She was the devoted wife of the late Norman E. Doucette Sr.

Born at the Choate Hospital in Woburn on February 17, 1931, Mary was the daughter of Mary Ellen and James J. Carroll. Shortly after Mary’s birth, her mother sadly passed away and she was raised by her father and grandmother Mary Ellen (O’Toole) Garvey. After her grandmothers passing, she moved in with her aunt and uncle, Austin and Eileen Garvey and was raised with their 10 children, whom became her family.

She was educated in Woburn and a graduate of Woburn High School, class of 1948. She was a cheerleader and thus, became a lifelong sports fan, routing for the Red Sox and the Patriots.

Mary met Norman Doucette at the McCormack Drug Store in Winchester. He was delivering newspapers and she was babysitting and getting ice cream. They fell in love and married on August 6, 1950 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Winchester.

For many years, Mary worked for Winchester High School’s lunch program and then later for Winchester Hospital Home and Health care program, where she was a companion for the elderly.  She loved meeting new people and was very outgoing, talkative and generous. She loved the high school kids and always gave the boys bigger portions.  

Mary enjoyed vacationing on Damariscotta Lake at Camp Makaria in Maine. She and Norman purchased a cottage on the lake at Punk Point, Maine in 1964 where they enjoyed for close to 60 years. Four generations of the family have enjoyed many hours at the lake on the pontoon boat named “Nana Mary”.  A week before she passed, she spent one last weekend together with her relatives by the lake.

Mary enjoyed playing Bingo and the daily numbers.  She was known as “Lucky Mary” at the Dairy Barn in Winchester.  She enjoyed visiting many casinos from Atlantic City to Las Vegas.  Her last visit was to Encore where she won at the roulette table.  

She enjoyed cooking and experimenting with new recipes and sharing them with family and friends. She was admired especially for her potato salad, soups, pies and holiday cookies. She was also an avid fan of cooking shows.

Reading the daily newspapers and books was a daily regimen for her. She was looking forward to the November election with deep interest. She will be sorely missed.

Beloved mother of Diane M. Doucette, Norman E. Doucette Jr., his wife Linda, all of Winchester, Gary A. Doucette and his wife Linda of Jefferson, ME and the late James J. Doucette. Cherished grandmother of Larissa Sullivan, Samantha Doucette Elder, her husband Rick, Jill Doucette, her fiancée Bob Duprey, Emily, Joshua and Celine Doucette and the late Lauren Lee Doucette and great-grandmother to Corey and Makayla. Loving “sister” of the late Austin, Paul, Ralph and Robert Garvey, Eileen Regan, Jeanne Winn, Dorothy Haggerty, Marion Hall, Ruth Carroll and Geraldine Cantillon. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mary’s Funeral Mass and burial are private, and she will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Relatives and friends who feel comfortable, are invited to briefly pay their respects on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Jefferson Food Pantry PO Box 208 Jefferson, ME 04348 or to the Travis Mills Foundation 747 Western Avenue Manchester, ME 04351, that supports post 9/11 recalibrated veterans and their families.

 

 

Mary’s Funeral Mass and burial are private, and she will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Relatives and friends who feel comfortable, are invited to briefly pay their respects on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Jefferson Food Pantry PO Box 208 Jefferson, ME 04348 or to the Travis Mills Foundation 747 Western Avenue Manchester, ME 04351, that supports post 9/11 recalibrated veterans and their families.

 

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  1. Sending my condolence to the Doucette family,so sorry for your loss.
    I haven’t seen Mary for a few years now but I always enjoyed having our conversations together.

  2. John & Phyllis Williams

    Our sincere condolences to the Doucette Family. The loss of a loved one is painful but will diminish with time.

  3. I always loved the trips to Maine with the Doucette’s to visit Nana at the Cabin. Lots of fond memories, she kept my 4th of July drawing on the refrigerator for years. 💕 My deepest condolences to the family. Nana will be missed.

    – Jessica Glazebrook

  4. Chris Doucette, Jennifer Rankin, Marcus and Alexander Doucette

    Mary was such a wonderful and caring person, we only saw her at occasional family functions but we always felt the love and caring that she shared with all. She is in our thoughts.

  5. To my wonderful nieces and nephews and all the Mary and Norman Doucette family, much love and condolences at this time of the loss of you wonderful Matriarch. She was always a great sister-in-law and hosted so many wonderful gatherings for the Doucette clan. I was always pleased to visit with her and have long and great conversations. She was always thoughtful about keeping in touch. She will certainly be cooking her fabulous soups for all the Angels and Saints in Heaven. Rest in Peace, dear Mary. Love, Denny

  6. I enjoyed seeing your mom last November. She was smiling and happy as usual.. her hug was as strong and caring as always. Sending your family love, hugs, and prayers as you go through this difficult time! May you be blessed knowing that she rests in peace with no more pain or suffering. She left you lots to smile about. God bless you all.💕

  7. To the Doucette Family,
    I’m so sorry for you loss. I pray you find peace and happiness thinking of the fond memories of her. Celebrate her Life and not her Death. God Bless

    Love Brenda

  8. Paula (Garvey) Seminara

    Fond memories of phone calls and visits over the years, especially when my dad needed company. Aunt Meg, or “Meggie” as dad called her would stop by for a visit with a cup of Dunkins and dad’s favorite donut. Always laughter, talk of Woburn and family history. And of course, whether she had won the lottery again. Dad was thrilled when she shared her secret numbers with him! Diane, I feel priveledged to have known her and will forever hold her in my heart.

  9. She and Norman were always so good to me. She was the last of the gang: the two Charlies, Norma, Betty, Norman and now Mary. I will miss our conversations and her quick wit. Condolences to the family. She loved you all so much.

  10. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. Mary is going to be so very missed. I truly enjoyed getting to know Mary over the past year and I always looked forward to seeing her each week. She was not only sweet and kind, but quite humorous! There are so many wonderful things to say about Mary. She was just one of a kind. My condolences to Diane, Norman, and Gary.

  11. Linda (Govostes) Flaherty

    My condolences to the Doucette family. Your mother was of an era gone by, very sweet, caring and truly interested when speaking with you. And she never forgot your conversations. Mary was so compassionate when I lost my father, (a childhood friend of hers) and my husband, it meant a lot to me. She would always put a smile on your face. May she rest easy now.

  12. Mary you were so kind and one of a kind. I hope you find more peace and kindness and heaven. You brought up such a wonderful family. My condolences: Diane and Norman

  13. What a wonderful Aunt to so many of us. She loved nothing better than getting family together and she gathered us together often over the years.
    She worried more about others than herself. We were lucky to have her for so long. Hope your pain is at an end Aunt Mary. With deepest sympathy.
    Cheryl

  14. My dad enjoyed Marys conversation and company. What a kind person. It’s truly a sad loss . Love and hugs from the Arcuri family.

  15. What a great aunt! I have many wonderful memories of our family holidays. Maine also brings back many memories. She will be missed.
    With deep sympathy,
    Linda

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