Obituaries

Mary T. Dillon

July 6th, 2020

Mary T. Dillon (Hopkins), age 77, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2020, at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born in Boston, MA, on June 22, 1943; she was the dear daughter of the late George and Mary Hopkins. Mary was raised and educated in Roslindale, MA.

Mary met Robert Dillon on Patriot’s Day 1963 and they were married 6 months later on December 14. Soon after, they started their family and moved to Wilmington, MA where they have had a beautiful home and life for 56 years.

Mary owned and operated a hair salon called Scissors Point where she worked along side her oldest daughter. She continued to work as a hair dresser with her good friend Cheryl Cheevers at Hair Designs for 10+ years until she retired.

Mary faced many health related obstacles in her life that she dealt with in stride and overcame them again and again. She beat cancer 3 times and survived a massive heart attack that left her in a coma for 6 weeks. She was one tough cookie.

In her retired life she spent the winters with her husband Bob in Florida, but loved coming back to her home in Wilmington for the summers to spend time with her grandchildren -where she was known as “Nana.”

Mary loved cooking dinners for her family, singing Christmas songs year round, scratching cash words lottery tickets, and going to church every Sunday.

Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, friend and Nana. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Mary was the beloved wife of Robert E. Dillon, loving mother of Mary “Teri” Brady and Wayne, Kelly Ann Dillon and Robert E. Dillon, Jr. and Leeann Fleming. Loving Nana of Katey, Russell, Jacob, Julia, Jacklyn and Jack. Cherished daughter of the late George and Mary (Cronin) Hopkins, dear sister of Joann Zambia and George Hopkins both of Braintree, the late Charles Hopkins and Donna Marie Greene. Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families and her favorite neighbor Donny Morse. She was also the best friend of the late Vicki Yentile Webb.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 9th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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18 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary T. Dillon”

  1. Jim&Joanne Brady says:

    Dear Bob & Teri and family we were so saddened of the news of Mary’s passing a truly wonderful lady and Wife and mother of a truly beautiful family, Joanne and I are sharing our sincere sympathies. Rest In Peace Mary and May God Bless you’re soul.
    Joanne & Jim Brady

  2. Joan Phillips says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I loved waiting on her at As Good As It Gets Cafe. With her dear friend Vicki. Rest in piece my friend. Say hi to Vicki!!

  3. Witkowski Family says:

    To the Dillon family, please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. we are sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Wishing well in this time.

  4. Michelle (Corson) Thistle says:

    Dear Bob, Teri, Kelly & Bobby,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I feel very lucky to have spent my first few years as your neighbor and growing up with Teri & Kelly. Mary was one tough lady with a huge heart. She will be missed!

    Virtual hugs,
    Michelle (Corson) Thistle

  5. Agnes Fiumara says:

    Teri, so sorry to hear about your Mom. I have fond memories of her, she was a beautiful person.

    Agnes (Romano)

  6. Beth Driscoll says:

    Mary, like the rest of the Dillons, lived life on her own terms and really knew how to enjoy herself, just two of the many things I’ve always admired about her. She was a straight shooter with a warm, genuine heart and I know she will be dearly missed by all of us who loved her.

  7. Lisa Rizzo says:

    I am so very sorry for your families loss Mary was a very beautiful , warm , loving soul Heaven gained an Angel May she Rest In Peace always

  8. Frank & Pat LeBlanc says:

    Mary T. Loved you since the day we met you. Such a pure heart and a gentle soul. Sooo many good times spent at your house. Smiling always and the twinkle in your eye. We all grew up together in some confusing times, but never lost the joy of life. There must be a great celebration in Heaven with such a lovely spirit coming home. God bless you all at this sad time. So sorry for her loss.

  9. Russ Brady says:

    In the brief time I knew Mary and her husband I was impressed mostly by her children and her relationship with Bob, her husband. The true legacy of a persons life is that of their family. I will always cherish the memories of the time spent with them at their home in Wilmington and their cottage in Danbury, NH. That warmth will remain.

  10. lisa moyer delaria says:

    sorry for your loss your mother was a wonderful person i also remember all at the salon doing my hair and my aunt helens hair and going to with mary teri brady at and growing up in Wilmington send thoughts and prayers to whole family i wish i could come to service’s by i work in health care and cant get off work sorry miss all you guys and love you all

  11. Jack&Kate Howell says:

    Dear Bob & Family, We are so saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a warm, loving and generous woman. She loved her family, and it showed in every aspect of her life. She was a true matriarch. We have fond memories of many family gatherings at the Dillon home in Wilmington. Mary, rest in peace. You live on in the hearts of those you left behind.

  12. Beverly Berrigan says:

    So sorry to learn of Mary’s passing. She was a wonderful person. She was a great Mom and wife. Family always coming first. So happy to have known her. So happy we had been talking on the phone. May she rest in peace. God bless.

    Bev Berrigan

  13. Gayle says:

    teri this is Gayle from market basket and im so sorry for your loss.. your mom was one of my many favorite customers who turned into a great friend. i always loved chatting with her all the time.. hugs at this time. Gayle

  14. Kenneth Warren says:

    Teri and all the family,
    I was so sad to hear about your mom. I remember her and you, Teri, so fondly from getting my hair done. My mother and my sisters all went to you as well. Your mom always had a smile and just such a nice and caring person. She will be missed.
    Sending love to all the family.

  15. Lisa Yentile Duopnt says:

    My deepest sympathy to you all , Mary was a wonderful person , was so much fun to be around, heaven certainly gained another angel, I’m sure her and my Aunt Vicky will be watching over us .All my love in this difficult time.

  16. Madeline Bimbo says:

    To Teri And Family
    So Sorry To Hear Of Your Mom Passing She Was A Lovely Person And Always Had A Smile
    May She Rest Peace And God Bless Her

  17. Doris Dillon Kelly says:

    To Bob and family
    I just found out Mary died. All of the prior messages, about Mary, just reflect, the woman I knew. Sweet, non-judgemental, friendly to all. I know how awful her loss will be to her family. She has left beautiful memories, for all.

  18. Sharon Botelho says:

    I was sadden to of the loss of your beautiful wife, Mary.
    I was your neighbor many years ago.
    You and MARY where so kind to me. I was a neighbor looking in and saw a couple that was connect I heart and soul. I saw love of a beautiful couple.
    Thank you for being so kind to a neighbor.
    Sharon Roux Belida

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