Mary Ann (Martin) Marks

October 1st, 2020

Mary Ann (Martin) Marks – of Lowell, formerly of North Reading and Wilmington, died on September 30th, 2020 with her children by her side after a short illness. She was 65 years old.

Born in Woburn, MA, on October 16, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Frances (Machiesky) Martin. Mary was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School, class of 1974.

After high school, Mary attended the Licensed Practical Nursing program at the Tewksbury Hospital School of Practical Nursing, graduating in 1976. Mary’s career as a nurse spanned nearly four decades, mostly working at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She frequently received compliments about the compassionate way she cared for the residents and often brought them candy or gifts to brighten their day.

Mary’s Catholic faith became stronger as she grew older; she prayed often and would also send Mass cards to anyone in need. In her free time, Mary enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, true crime television shows, and reading – Stephen King, James Patterson, and the National Enquirer were her favorites. She loved to laugh and often found humor where others did not. Mary loved to eat sweets and especially enjoyed candy and chocolates.

Above all else, Mary deeply loved her family, she doted on her grandchildren, and she was extremely generous and giving. Mary is survived by her husband Walter and their three children: Anthony Marks and his wife Neia of Peabody; Thomas Marks, his wife Rachel, and their three children, Evelyn, Nathaniel, and Acelynn, of Louisville, Kentucky; and Jessica Diebold, her husband Mathieu, and their son, Simon, of Springfield, Pennsylvania. Mary also had five brothers and sisters: the late Diane F. Martin, and her son, Michael P. Martin, of New York, NY; Robert P. Martin and his wife Ondis, and their two children, Michael and Peter, all of the Philippines; Thomas A. Martin and his wife Marylee of Derry, NH; Theresa M. Gilbride and her late husband Thomas, and their daughter Elizabeth of Lowell; and Katherine M. Martin of Lowell.

At this time, services are private and for immediate family only.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Mary’s favorite charity, Food for the Poor, P.O. Box 979005, Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9005.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary Ann (Martin) Marks”

  1. Joanne DuBay says:

    Condolences to the Martin family for the seriously rough year and the losses sustained. Hoping Mary Ann and Diane are indeed laughing together. Deeply missing that contact.

  2. Theodora Kennedy says:

    Mary was a joyful and kind addition to our family. She certainly knew how to make big boy Nate happy-attention, gifts and treats! We will all miss her. May her memory be eternal.

  3. Patti and Dotty Ingalls says:

    Tony and Neia we are thinking of you and sending our prayers. Please extend our sympathy to your entire family. We love you.

  4. Carolann Weidmayer says:

    Dear Jess,
    Words are inadequate at this time. I just wanted to extend our deepest sympathy to you & your family. Sending prayers of peace & strength in the days ahead.
    Carolann Weidmayer & Family

  5. Michael and Donna Toto says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Michael and I think about you. We are so very sorry for the loss of your wife.

  6. peggy riley orourke says:

    so sorry to hear about maryann I will always remember growing up with her and her wonderful family so many great memories i hope she is at peace with your mom and dad and Diana some of my best memories were sitting around the kicten table and just talking and have a good time rest in peace mary you deserve it

  7. Richad Wack says:

    Dear Jess,

    Although I didn’t have the privilege of meeting her, it sounds like your Mother had a wonderful life and touched many people. May she rest in peace and enjoy heaven. God bless her and your family.


  8. Carol Skilling says:

    I was so shocked to hear of Mary Ann’s passing. She drove Debbie Richmond and me to nursing school in 75 or 76 when my car wasn’t working. She was such a wonderful person. I remember once seeing her years ago and saying that we should have a reunion. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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