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SALEM, MA - Nancy J. Burgess, age 71, of Salem, died unexpectedly on January 15, 2018, at Salem Hospital following an illness.
Born and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Rose (St. Jean) Monahan. Nancy was educated at the former St. James Parochial School and then graduated from Salem High School.
Nancy held many jobs throughout her life. Her most notable was secretary to the Essex County Sheriff at the former Salem Jail. Though she had many jobs, her most important role was mother and homemaker. Nancy prided herself on keeping her home in pristine condition and devoted her life to caring for her children, family, and many pets.
In her youth, Nancy enjoyed spending time ice skating at Mack Park and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. She had a love of music, particularly Elvis, U2 and Celine Dion. Always keeping her mind busy, she could finish a book in a matter of hours and always had a word search by her bedside. In her later years, Nancy became an avid fan of the New England Patriots and never missed a game. Above all else, Nancy cherished her time with family and friends.
Nancy is survived by her daughter, Alisha R. Wilkinson, and her fiancé, Thomas Roby of Quincy; her son, Jot R. Burgess of Salem; and her daughter, Dara Ann Burgess, and her husband, Joe of Danvers. She is also survived by her siblings, Edward Monahan and his wife, Wilma of Deerfield, N.H., Elise Larrabee and her wife, Kate of Manchester, N.H., and Susan Leger of Peabody. In addition, she leaves behind her three grandchildren Travers, Angelina and Shana; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Alyhia; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Nancy was blessed to have many wonderful friends in her life including Mary MacDonald, her best friend of over 60 years, Carol Simms, and Anna Livingston. She was also predeceased by her former husband, Robert F. Burgess of Lynn.
Funeral services will be held at a later date and will be private. Arrangements were made by Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, Salem, MA.
Published on January 21, 2018
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