Mary E. (Knight) Doucette, age 88, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 14, 2014 at the Wilmington Health Care Center.
Mary was born on December 18, 1925 in Reading, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Margaret Knight. Mary grew up and was educated in Reading.
Mary married her husband, Paul R. Doucette, Sr. on April 12, 1944. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1953, where they raised their four children; Peggy, Ginny, Butch and Tom for many years, before settling in Woburn. The couple lived in Woburn for over forty years. Mary and Paul became active in the community and joined the DAV auxiliary of Woburn.
Mary stayed home to raise her children for many years before she went to work for Marshalls. She worked as a marketing technician at the Marshalls warehouse in Woburn for many years before she retired.
Mary always put her family and friends first; her warm and welcoming personality earned her the name “Gram” to everyone around her. Mary would never complain if she went without; she was a simple, classy lady who was happy just to be around those she loved. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family or those around her. Mary was overly generous, often donating to the DAV, the MSPCA, or the Christian Children’s Fund. Mary had a huge heart and was extremely selfless.
In her spare time, Mary loved to cook and bake for her family and friends, especially during the holidays. She had an “open-door” policy; the more the merrier! Mary would cook up a storm and prepare a huge table filled with various goodies. No one could ever leave her home empty-handed because Mary loved to make sure everyone took something, whether it was candy, cookies or decorations, she wanted to make sure everyone felt special.
Mary also loved to read. She would read anything that crossed her path, but her favorites included the Hardy Boys or the Harlequin novels. Mary collected many books and when she was finished reading them, she often donated the books to the Salvation Army or others in need.
Mary was a devout Catholic; she often attended Mass at St. Anthony’s parish. Throughout Mary’s life, she encountered difficult circumstances, but she always kept her faith in God. It was her faith that carried her through difficult times.
Mary will be remembered as a loving, gentle mother, “Gram,” sister, aunt and friend to many. Her warm personality and her ability to care for others will never be forgotten. It was her final wish to be with her beloved husband for her birthday, so for her 89th birthday, Mary’s wish will be granted and she will be laid to rest with Paul, Sr. on her special day. This wish was very special to her family and they are proud to make their Mom’s final wish come true.
Mary was the beloved wife of the late Paul R. Doucette, Sr., devoted mother of Peggy Butler & her husband Phillip of North Reading, Ginnie Grammer & her husband Dickie of Woburn, Thomas Doucette & his wife Karen of Andover and the late Butch Doucette, mother-in-law of Joanne Doucette of Woburn, loving “Gram” of Paula Taylor, Stacey Sarchione, Kirk Butler, Kevin Butler, Keith Butler, the late Kenneth Sachione, Tanya Frazier, Tracey Barends, Mike Doucette, Jason Doucette, Tommy Doucette and Jeanette Doucette, great-grandmother of Brian, Joey, Josh, Kayla, Keith, Will, Kennedy, Quinn, Connor, Emmie, Brooke, Kevin and was anxiously awaiting the birth of two new great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Margaret Knight, dear sister of John “Butch” Norden of Norway, ME, the late Marjorie Brogna and Joan Dickie. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for a funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 18th at 8:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Church, 351 Main Street, (Rt. 38), Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.