Carolyn H. Murch

February 2nd, 2021

Carolyn H. Murch (O’Neill), age 79, of Tewksbury, passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Carolyn was born on March 19, 1941, in Malden, MA; she was raised and educated in Malden earning her GED as an adult in later life.

Carolyn married her “sweetheart” Richard Murch on November 4, 1961; the couple resided in Everett and Wakefield for a few years before moving their family to Tewksbury in the mid 1960’s. Carolyn loved her new house and made it a wonderful “home” for her family to grow up in; her dedication and unconditional love for her family was evident in everything she did. Carolyn was very devoted to her children and grandchildren; she attended countless school and sporting events throughout the years to cheer them on. She went out of her way to make family holidays, celebrations and vacations so special, fun and memorable. Carolyn always put her family first in her life; they were her world.

Carolyn was an amazing cook and baker who enjoyed feeding her family and friends; some of her most memorable dishes included her lemon meringue pies, Christmas cakes, her potato salad and everyone looked forward to her roast beef dinners with all the fixins.

Carolyn had a great sense of humor and enjoyed being silly with her grandchildren; they had their crazy accessories, silly hats, sunglasses; they always had a lot of fun.

Carolyn had such an endearing personality; she was very down to earth and could talk to anyone. Carolyn loved people and was “in tune” to their needs; she was selfless, kind, caring, supportive and always put the needs of others before herself.

Carolyn was a very humble lady but a pillar of strength; she overcame so many hardships in her life; she was so courageous and strong as she weathered several bouts with cancer, the surgeries that followed and other health issues that came along with her diagnosis. Carolyn always “moved forward” and try to enjoy her life as best as she could; she never wanted anyone to worry about her and if asked she always replied “I’m doing great”; she was definitely a strong role model to many.

Carolyn will be fondly remembered for so many things; her love of animals, enjoying Bingo nights with her friends, her generosity towards everyone, her unwavering love she showed her family and friends and her intuition and all-knowing “mom-ness”. Carolyn will forever be loved and missed by all who knew her.

Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late Richard N Murch, Sr., devoted mother of Richard N. Murch, Jr. & his wife Leigh and Christine Cole & her husband Richard all of Londonderry, NH and Nancy Butler & her husband Jeff of Derry, NH. Loving “Nana/Nanny” of Jennifer Murch, Kaitlyn Murch, Steven Cole, Erin & Jason McKay, Ryan Butler, Kaylee Butler and her great-grandchildren Jameson and Elise McKay. Cherished daughter of the late Florence (del Canho) McManus and James O’Neill, step-daughter of the late Charles McManus, dear sister of Thomas O’Neill of Malden, Betty McWhinnie of Tewksbury, Diane Clark of Windham, NH, Kathy Snow of Melrose, the late James O’Neill and Floie Dever. Carolyn is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 4th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Carolyn’s Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 5th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Tewksbury Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Carolyn’s memory to the MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Carolyn H. Murch”

  1. Paul Collins says:

    We are praying for you all as you go through this time of sorrow and grief. We are trusting the Lord to give you comfort and strength. We love you all! We look forward to that great reunion in Heaven.

  2. Ron and Louise (Delcanho) Gagne says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family through this very difficult time. We pray the Lord will provide you with strength, comfort, and the fortitude needed through your grief.
    Until we all meet again, we love you all.
    God Bless.

  3. Pat and Marsha (Snow) Chiumiento says:

    Please accept our sincere heartfelt sympathy during this most difficult and sorrowful time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Cindy Wilson Roberts says:

    Our deepest condolences to all our family. She was such an amazing woman! May God Bless you all and oh, what a welcoming party she had! RIP Carol xoxo

  5. Tracey Kane says:

    It is such a sad time for all of us. It sometimes feels like its more than we can bare, loosing my mom was one of the most difficult journeys, Moms are the monarch of our families. But I am also reminded that God is with us on this journey, he has felt the pain loosing his son on the cross, so he is well aware of how we are trying to cope. We also must remember that God had victory against death by raising his only son from the dead so that we may live an eternity with him. Auntie Carol was plucked from deaths hand and she is now rejoicing with Mom, Nana, Uncle Jimmy and Laurie in heaven. This will be my focus to get through these two great losses in our family. I pray that you all may find peace through the storm. I choice to remember all the great times that they left us here on earth until we meet again in heaven. We love you all, praying you feel our prayers from Virginia. Love you, Tracey

  6. Tom McVey says:

    I will always remember Mrs.Murch. She was a great woman very kind and caring. I knew her for years and she treated my very well. I remember one time that Rich and I graduated High School and we went back to his house for dinner. Mrs Murch made us Lasanga. I remember eating it not to hurt her feelings. I will miss her very much. The Murch’s were like my family. They always treated me very well.Mrs. Murch will be truly missed by her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace.

  7. Theresa oneill says:

    It’s with a very sad time for family my heart goes out for all of u&will be miss by all of us I specialy will hold on to the memories I spent with her and your beautiful father she was always special to meeveryone in my family love Auntie Carol and Uncle Rich & her beautiful family!Love u Carol u r now with your special love ones. Rest in Peace . Terry

  8. Denise & Winston Grady says:

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Moms are so important for the well being and strength of a family. Our thoughts and prayers are being sent from our family to yours.

  9. Anna Shiner says:

    So sorry to hear of Carols passing. We go back so many years as a neighbor and relative of my sister. Born on March 19 Same date as my son . Always said I would pray for her son and she would pray for mine. She was a very special person, Suffering is over. Peace and comfort to all.

  10. Josn Tremlett says:

    I knew Carol from the Elks Bingo. She was always so pleasant and a very giving person. She certainly will be missed. deepest condolences to the Family from the Elks.

  11. Joanne Conboy says:

    Chris, Nancy and family. I am so very sorry on the loss of your mom. I felt we had a bond because of my parents. I know this is a very difficult time and that you are in pain. Just remember you have people who care.

  12. Priscilla Shiner says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Carol for many years. She will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ????????

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