Marie C.'s Story

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Marie (Toomey) Melvin, 64, of Hubbardston and formerly of Danvers, Massachusetts, died peacefully at home on Thursday, January 12, 2017, following a noble battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.
Marie was born on November 27, 1952, in Everett, Mass., to late parents, Bill and Rose (Judge) Toomey. Shortly thereafter, she and family moved to Danvers, Mass., where Marie graduated from Danvers High School in 1970. Marie worked as a coordinator in pharmaceutical clinical research for a majority of her career, which presented her with the opportunity to relocate to Holly Springs, N.C., between the years of 2008 to 2013. Upon her retirement, Marie moved back to Massachusetts and settled into a lovely home in Hubbardston, where she was most recently employed part-time with the Hubbardston Board of Health.
Marie was a kind-spirited individual who enjoyed crafting, decorating, and spending time in her garden. Always one to take a chance on the distressed plant rack at garden stores, Marie knew that with a little love anything could bloom to its full extent and bring beauty to the world around her. The colorful artwork of Mary Englebreit consistently brought a smile to her face and could be found throughout her home and offices. Marie was never one to pass up the opportunity to spend several hours scanning the shelves of craft stores or her favorite store, Christmas Tree Shops, where she never failed to find the perfect piece to compliment her abundance of seasonal décor. Most of all, Marie loved the opportunity to soak in the natural ambiance and warmth of the sun at her favorite beaches in Gloucester, Mass.
Marie is survived by her husband, Patrick Melvin, with whom she happily shared the last 47 years of her life; her daughter and pride of her life, Jenna Newbegin and husband, Jared of Danvers, Mass.; her beloved dog, Casey, whom she adoringly ensured was clothed in a bandana that matched her coloring daily; sister, Tricia Joyce and husband, Philip of Auburn, Mass., along with her children, Maureen Paradis and husband, Mike of Lancaster, Mass., Stephen Joyce and wife, Melissa of Worcester, Mass., and Erin Joyce of Auburn, Mass.; brother, Denis Toomey of Chapel Hill, N.C., along with his daughters, Margaret Toomey and husband, Charles Hall of Seattle, Wash., and Morrow Toomey; and sister, Kathleen Duke and husband, Steve of Burlington, Mass., along with children, Jason Brush of Rutland, Mass., Kenny Brush of North Andover, Mass., and Andrea Woods and husband, Michael of Woburn; and many cherished cousins, in-laws, friends and colleagues. She was predeceased by her sister, Elaine Toomey and nephew, Ronald Brush, Jr.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date, once the warmer weather returns, per Marie’s request. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to the Lahey Clinic Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy, 41 Mall Rd., Burlington, MA 01805. Assisting the family is the Mackey Funeral Home, Middleton. Visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 17, 2017
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