Marie F. Woodland

August 10th, 2015

Marie F. Woodland (Dilworth), age 86, of Chocorua, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and Lake Wales, FL, died peacefully surround by her loving family on August 9, 2015.

Marie was born on April 29, 1929, in Cambridge, MA; she was the daughter of the late William and Mildred Dilworth. Marie was raised and educated in Cambridge.

Marie married her beloved husband Robert Woodland on March 16, 1947; sharing more than 66 years together and creating many memories to be shared for generations to come. Marie and Bob moved to Wilmington in 1960 where they raised their 11 children. Family was most important to Marie; she was a very devoted mother, a wonderful homemaker, a loving “Nana”, and a great baker. Marie loved her family unconditionally and took great pride in all of their accomplishments.

Following her husband’s retirement, Marie and Bob, became “snow birds” and spent many winters in Lake Wales, Florida, before moving there year round in 1996. Marie and Bob had a great time in Florida and made many friends there throughout the years.

As their health declined, Marie and Bob, moved back to be closer to their family and settled with their daughter Marie in Chocorua, New Hampshire, a few years ago.

Marie will be fondly remembered as a wonderful woman, kind, sweet, and friendly. She had a wonderful smile and a kind word for all; Marie was dearly loved and will forever be missed.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. Woodland, Sr.; devoted mother of Robert D. Woodland, Jr. (Sue) and Elizabeth M. Fournier (Mike) all of Wilmington, MA, Donna Megan of Londonderry, NH, Catherine A. Schultze (Bob) of Clinton, MA, Robin J. Woodland of Derry, NH, Patricia L. Jasilewicz (Peter) of Dunbarton, NH, Marie F. Thompson (Butch) of Chocorua, NH, Kerry J. Gibson (Chris) of Tewksbury, Michele L. Borovich of Derry, NH, Donald R. Woodland (Leanne) of Wilmington, and Paul J. Woodland (Barbie) of Derry, NH. Loving Grandmother of 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late William H. and Mildred R (Villemaire) Dilworth; dear sister of Carolyn Hagan of Billerica, the late Mildred Davis and Bill Dillworth. Marie is also survived by her special cousin Sheila Meehan of Huntington Beach, CA, her dear friend Sylvia Mendall of Lake Wales, FL, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 12th from 5-8 p.m. Marie’s Funeral Service will be held at the Abundant Life Christian Center, 173 Church St., Wilmington on Thursday, August 13th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Marie’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


21 Entries in Guest Book for “Marie F. Woodland”

  1. Joan Phillips says:

    I cannot express how deeply sad I am at Marie’s passing. She was like a second mom to me and my siblings when she lived in Wilmington.

  2. Marian Andrews says:

    Feeling sad at the passing of my Aunt Marie. I tried to get together with her last year to share pictures with her, but it did not work out. Living on the opposite coast, I missed out on many family gatherings and really getting to know my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins like I would love to have done. Rest in Peace Aunt Marie. When you arrive in heaven, please give my mom, dad and my nana big hugs and kisses from me. Much love. Marian

  3. Kerry, Chris & Elisabeth says:

    Obituaries are not meant to give a life story, but just a small snapshot of information on a person’s life. I cannot let it stand as is and am adding my take on things. Feel free to add your own thoughts as family would love to read them.

    My Mom was many things – Mother, Daughter (although her parents were gone while she was still a young woman), Sister, Aunt, Nana, Wife and friend.

    She made the BEST Chocolate Cake and her home-made breads were AMAZING. Housekeeping was almost a hobby for her (a HARD WORK type of hobby). NONE of her 11 children kept things the way she and my Dad liked but you would not know it when you walked into her home.

    My Mom did not have a “formal education” but learned through life and tried her best with whatever she had. Our family was not rich and we had our share of struggles. My Mom always made sure we had a roof over our heads, food on the table and clean clothes on our backs. She was still raising small children when she became a grand-mother and sometimes she was sad that she did not have the time to be both as she would have liked.

    A few years after her last baby went off to school full time she got a part time job doing ,what else, cooking and cleaning at a Corporate Cafeteria. She LOVED it. She met many new people and her co-workers appreciated her efforts and organizational skills.

    When my Dad retired it shocked most of us when they decided to leave Wilmington and move to Florida. I wasn’t upset as I never thought they would really go. It was not until the packed up the motor home to drive south that it hit me that they were really going. It was a BIG adjustment but most of us handled it well. Each time a family member would visit their new home they would proudly introduce us to their friends and neighbors. My Mom would bake up a storm and my Dad would bring us down to shoot some pool.

    They made the trek back this way every summer in their motor home. We would have family gatherings each summer in MA and then they would go to their “2nd home” in New Hampshire.

    As the years rolled on it was time for them to come back. It was a bittersweet time as, with us all, time had taken its toll.

    They are no longer with us in body, but somewhere my Mom is striking up a conversation with anyone who will listen. She is telling them how she had 11 children and naming them all off. Bobby, Betty, Donna, Catherine, Robin, Patricia, Marie, Kerry, Michele, Donald and Paul…

    Love and Miss you Mom…….

  4. Linda, Jerry, and Evan says:

    So sorry for your loss, but a beautiful tribute to your mom! Thinking of you all! <3

  5. Kathy Madigan -Mele says:

    To the Woodland family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    I have very fond memories of her and your family growing up in Wilmington ?

    Kathy Madigan-Mele

  6. Annette Michaud says:

    I am so sorry for you lose.

  7. anne says:

    So very sorry

  8. Christine McCarthy says:

    I’ve heard many stories about Mom, & Nana. I learned from those stories why all her children, and grand children loved her so much. I regret that I never met her or had time with her, but I’ll continue to celebrate those stories about her legacy. You are all very blessed to have had such a wonderful Nana. Keep those childhood stories going for the rest of your lives, to be passed down for many generations to come. God Speed Mom

  9. Burke and Gil family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss we are praying for you all that the next few days bring you all some kind of peace. Kerry I remember the first day I brought Craig over and your mom just gushed over him she had so much love

  10. Dawn Sullivan Brown says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom! My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. And hoping you think of all the wonderful, fun memories that you will never loose to ease your pain a little bit. :’(

  11. Betsy(Palmer)Feeley says:

    Dear Michele,

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Karen and Gerry O'Reilly says:

    Donald, Michele and family, we are sorry for the loss of your Mom. I have enjoyed reading what others have wrote about Mom. What an amazing person she must have been as she and your Dad raised all you kids. Ton’s of memories that will always be with you. Thinking of you all. The O’Reilly Family

  13. Linda Strob says:

    so sorry to hear of mom’s passing. Rip marie

  14. Marlene Ostrowski says:

    It was such a pleasure to meet Marie in her last years. She was a real lady, and, formal education or not, she was a whiz at Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune! All of her conversation in these last months had to do with the love she had for her family, her values, her sense of tradition, and the appreciation she had for the care she had, on a daily basis, from Butch and Marie, and the weekend family members that came to show their love and support. Well done, Marie.

  15. Dan Santos says:

    Donald,Paul and family,
    All my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. With a large sum of memories there will always be great thoughts forever more for your family. Blessed to you all

  16. Elaine Maninos says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Woodland family. May GOD grant you peace and strength through this difficult time.

  17. Mimi McHugh (McCabe) says:

    Kerry, Marie, Tricia, and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. May your memories of her comfort you at this extremely sad time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May your mom rest in peace.

  18. Dolly & Al Falco says:

    Dear Kerry:
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother, our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.

  19. Bill McNamara says:

    I am so sad to hear of Mrs. Woodland’s passing. So many times I would think of her and her entire family. They were a big part of my young life and a major influence. I will always be grateful for knowing her. May God Bless Mr & Mrs Woodland.

  20. Leanne Woodland says:

    Mom Woodland,

    What a great mother in law you have been to me over the past 25 years. I am so grateful that I had that time with you. I know how much you love Donald and my kids and am glad you got to meet Tim’s girlfriend, she may be the one!!! I hope you are resting peacefully and watching over all of us.
    Love you and God Bless

  21. Robin Woodland says:

    My mom loved my jeep top off I will always look at that picture of you in my jeep;) Give dad a hug for us

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