Mary E. Woods

July 24th, 2017

Mary E. Woods (Martino), age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on July 23, 2017.

Mary was born on October 10, 1925, in Wakefield, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late William and Eugenia (Ramsdell) Martino. Mary was raised and educated in Wakefield and a graduate of Wakefield High School. At the age of 21, she moved with her family to Wilmington; settling on Hopkins Street. Mary made many new friends in Wilmington and through them she met her “sweetheart” Joseph Woods. Mary and Joe soon became inseparable; they married in 1946 and together they raised a wonderful family of six children.

Mary and Joe, along with their family had many great times together throughout the years. Mary loved to entertain and host family gathering; Mary was known to be a great cook and hostess for their large family and extended family; all were welcomed.

Mary worked as a clerk at North Wilmington Pharmacy for many years; she was very knowledgeable, as well as personable and pleasant with the customers which made her quite an asset to Mr. Sandler throughout the years. Mary also worked at Austin Preparatory School in North Reading before she finally retired.

Mary was very active in her community as well; she was a precinct warden for the Wilmington Town Elections, a very active member of the Wilmington Women’s Club, and she was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years.

Mary enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl, she loved to swim and go to the beach. Mary looked forward to the family trips to Plum Island where everyone was together and they all had a great time. Mary was an avid gardener; she just loved flowers of all kinds.

Mary will be fondly remembered as very pleasant and friendly; she was extremely active and always doing something for someone. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and a terrific aunt who looked forward to spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Mary loved her family with all her heart and she will forever be missed.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Joseph H. Woods, devoted mother of Joseph Woods & wife Darlene of Lawrence, Elizabeth “Betty Anne” Woods of Andover, Thomas Woods & wife Terri of Wilmington, Stephen Woods & wife Mary of Falmouth, ME, David Woods & wife Shannon and Michael Woods all of Wilmington. Loving “Grammy” of Danielle, Joseph Jr., Katie, Nicholas, Stephanie, Michelle, Christina, Jillian, Stephen, Emily, David, Danny, and Great-Grandchildren Lindsay and Mason. Sister of the late Catherine Park, Elizabeth Blaisdell, Anthony, Charles, and William Martino. Mary is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, July 26th for Visitation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary E. Woods”

  1. Mary-Alice Cavens says:

    What a lovely tribute to a lovely lady. She truly was and now will always be a very special angel. I know that she will be watching over us all. I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Bob Woods says:

    Aunt Mary was one of the strongest most caring women I have ever known.I will cherish all the memories that I have of her.RIP Aunt Mary,Love You!!!

  3. Jimbo and Cheryl McHugh says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Mary’s Passing. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Heaven sure gained a wonderful angel.
    Love, Jimbo and Cheryl and kids

  4. Kevin P. Doherty says:

    To Tommy, Dave and Mike, and the entire Woods Family,

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  5. Fr. Paul W. Berube says:

    Mary was one of the first Woods I met after arriving at St. Thomas Parish in February, 1960. Over the years she was gracious and kind. Her hospitality was unlimited. Everyone was warmy welcomed. That welcome especially included invitation to dinner where her husband Joe’s Irish an ancestry was perfrctly celebrated by Mary’s classic summer Potato Salad along with a delightful Italian flavored baked chicken. That was often preceeded by Betty Ann’ perfect “wings”and desert followed with Joe’s hand picked blueberries with a crust no longer available on earth. Requiscat In Pace. And fondly rememberer by Cecile, Ray, Gloria, Donna, Teddy, Kevin and Dan of Tuscanny.

  6. Patricia O'Keefe says:

    Dear Woods Family – I met Mary on a few occasions at her cute little apartment at Dave and Shannon’s, and at other family celebrations. I’ll never how she was so sweet and gracious. My heart to all of you.
    Pat O’Keefe

  7. Sally Gravallese Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Woods’ family. Mary was a lovely woman. I first met her I. The early 1869′/ when we were CCD teachers at St Thomas.

  8. Sally Gravallese Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our deepest sympathies to the Woods’ family. I met Mary in the early 1960’s when we were CCD teachers at St Thomas. She was a lovely woman.

  9. Jane Woods says:

    Oh my sweet, smart and always so thoughtful aunt Mary. You will be missed dearly by all. I have wonderful fond memories of you and I can still hear your voice. Thank you for being the strong woman you were. Heavenly rest my lovely aunt.

  10. John Murphy says:

    A beautiful LADY. I’m glad I knew Mary. She is a Saint.Loved by everyone. May she Rest In Peace. Our (Murphy’s) prayers are with her.

  11. Dan Woods says:

    One of the most kind hearted, giving, selfless human beings I’ve ever been around. Always put others before herself. Heaven’s getting a gift. RIP Aunt Mary!

  12. Thomas W. Walsh says:

    Tom, Dave, Mike and the entire Woods family: I am so sorry to hear that your Mom has passed away. May she rest in peace.

  13. Susan Bruno says:

    Mary was the nicest lady I ever worked with. Truly a wonderful person in every respect.

  14. Raymond G Berube says:

    Mary and her family have been long-time friends of my own family, having met them through my brother Fr. Paul Berube when he was assigned to their parish. Mary and Joe became close my mother Cecile. I thank the entire Woods family for their friendship through the years.

    Ray Berube, Aachen Germany

  15. Mike Champoux says:

    My most sincere condolences to the Woods familiy over the passing of your family’s matriarch. The thoughts and prayers of me & my family are with her and you at this difficult time. May she be at peace

  16. Carolyn Kenney says:

    To the Woods Family,
    I was sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful mother. She was such a good friend of my mother and family. I remember the summer trips we took and also the trip to Rome she took with my mother and myself. She will be missed!

  17. Susan Barry Hewitt says:

    Betty and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May happy memories of a life well lived help get you through this very sad and difficult time. May she rest in God’s loving arms.

  18. Frank West says:

    Karen and I are saddened by the loss of you mom Mary. I renember her behind the counter at the Drug Store- known formally as North Wilmington Oharmacy. She was always patient with kids like me who spent too much time decidjng whuch candy to get eith chores change from Mom and Dad or Matchbox cars purchased from birthday or Christmas money. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Woods family- God bless Mrs Woods – she is at rest with God.

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