Maureen M. (Sullivan)'s Story

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Maureen M. (Sullivan) Doherty, 84, passed away peacefully in Beverly on November 10, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul R. Doherty for 54 years.
Maureen was born in Salem on August 25, 1932, to the late Edward and Estelle (Dubois) Sullivan, where she spent her childhood.
She was a 1951 graduate of Ste. Chretienne Academy and a 1954 graduate of the Beverly Hospital School of Practical Nursing and spent the following eight years in the profession she loved.
In 1961, after marrying the love her life, Maureen and Paul eventually settled in Marblehead where they raised their six children.
She was an active communicant of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, a long-time volunteer at the Light House Thrift Shop-MSPCC and a member of the Arrangers of Marblehead.
Maureen was devoted to her family as well as her children’s friends, close friends, neighbors and even people with whom she had just met. She created a home that was welcoming to everyone who entered, and was always available to assist whenever needed whether it was to offer childcare, cook a meal, offer her nursing skills, give a haircut, mend clothing or offer love and support. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an easy, welcoming personality that stayed with her up to the end of her life and will be greatly missed.
Maureen is survived by her brother, Edward Sullivan of Salem; brother-in-law, Leo Doherty and wife, Mary of South Weymouth; sister-in-law, Kathryn Crozer (Doherty) of Beachwood, N.J.; children, Paul Doherty of Marblehead, Kathleen McCarthy and husband, David of Vassalboro, Maine, John Doherty and wife, Lisa of Peachtree City, Ga., Sheila Doherty of Memphis, Tenn., Kevin Doherty and wife, Jill of Summerville, S.C., and Maureen Doherty (Dana Kessel) of Beverly; grandchildren, Colleen Gideon and husband, Kevin, Michael McCarthy and wife, Tara, Mary Kate McCarthy, Conor McCarthy, Derina Neyra, Nicole Bostick, Sean Doherty, Ava Doherty, Quinn Doherty, Derek Kessel, Brian Kessel and Darren Kessel; and great-grandchildren, Riley, Aiden and Andrew and Helena.
Her Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave,. Marblehead, on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 10 a.m. Interment at Waterside Cemetery, West Shore Drive, Marblehead, following Mass. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Maureen’s memory to Amedisys Foundation, 3854 American Way, Ste. A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. For additional information or online guest book, please call 781-631-8885 or visit www.MurphyFuneral Home.com.
Published on  June 22, 2017
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