Theresa “Terry” Moakley

February 8th, 2021

Theresa J. “Terry” Moakley (Malloy), age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at her home on February 3, 2021.

Terry was born in Wayland, MA, on April 16, 1935, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl (Neilsen) Malloy. Terry was part of a large family of siblings who were raised and educated in Somerville.

While visiting friends in Wilmington, Terry, went to Rocco’s restaurant where she met a handsome young man named William Moakley, and they hit it off right away. Terry and Bill were married in 1958 and moved to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised their four children. Terry was an amazing mother; she always put their needs ahead of her own and she showered them with unconditional love and devotion. Terry also cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and played an active role in their lives. Terry’s family was her number one priority, they shared many wonderful times together and she was very proud of each one of them. Bill and Terry were married for over 57 years until his passing in 2015; she missed him terribly and insribed “til we meet again” on his stone; now they are together again.

Terry was also a very loyal and caring friend and neighbor; she went out of her way to help others and she stood up for what she thought was right. Terry enjoyed “hanging out” and socializing with her friends at Town Beach; they were always out and about walking their dogs, going to the “dog park” and having fun. Terry was known as the official “Grandmother” to the neighborhood kids; she and her dog were always at the neighborhood park and they watched over all the kids; they loved her dearly.

Terry will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was friendly towards everyone and loved by all. She will be greatly missed and “Until we meet again” Mom we love you.

Terry was the beloved wife of 57 years to the late William “Bill” Moakley, Sr., devoted mother of John Moakley and his wife Varsha of Florida, William “Bill” Moakley, Jr. of Billerica, Richard Moakley of Wilmington and the late Kathleen Moakley. Loving “Grandma” of Aliyana, Mark, Rachel, Ryan and Great-Granddaughter Hadley. Terry was one of 21 siblings and is survived by her brother Butch and sisters Kay, Rita, Jean and Sandra. Terry is also survived by her dear friend Doreen as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 11th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry’s memory may be to M.S.P.C.A., Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Theresa “Terry” Moakley”

  1. Sharon says:

    I didn’t know Terry but would often talk to her as she sat on the bench at the town beach. I would take my grandchildren to the park and there she would sit always with her beloved dog. She was kind to the kids and always let them pat her dog. I was very surprised when I just found out that she is the aunt of one of my very good friends. Now I know where my friend got her kindness from Sharon Wilmington Neighbor

  2. Mary Giroux says:

    Bily and Family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My deepest condolences.

  3. Lois Mackenzie says:

    Ritchie, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I used to enjoy walking to the bench over at the lake and sitting with her. I will really miss her. She was a nice lady.

  4. Donna Tuccero Sanders says:

    Remembering Aunt Theresa fondly and sending healing thoughts to you all. My favorite memory is of picking blueberries with Kathy and bringing home our buckets of berries to your Mom. She then made us “blueberry flapjacks” – the very first one I ever ate and loved it!

  5. Jim Tresider says:

    Prayers for us all, thank you Aunt Terry & Uncle Bill for being there for my Mom and us. when we needed help . A heart of gold . I always loved my Aunt Terry and going to her house was like a summer Camp for me. And swimming at the lake . Be strong family

  6. Kathleen Hickey says:

    Sorry to hear about your Mom, may she rest in peace.
    Prayers are with you.
    Kathy Hickey

  7. Mike, Kathy, & Kaetlyn Costello says:

    Rich and Family -

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Our deepest condolences,
    Mike, Kathy, & Kaetlyn Costello

  8. Lisa says:

    I’m sorry for your loss
    Lisa Velozo

  9. Sharon Gray says:

    Richie, So very sorry to hear about your Mom, always hard when our parents pass, thinking of you and your family at this time.

  10. Charlotte Strob says:

    So very sorry for your loss. RIP Mrs Moakley ?

  11. linda strob says:

    Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing may her memories bring you some comfort at this difficult time.

    R.I.P. Terry
    Linda Strob

  12. Rachel says:

    We love and miss you so much grandma. Till we meet again <3

  13. George Litchfield says:

    So sorry for your loss! From a Moose Brother, Dedham 189

  14. Patty& Billy says:

    Our deepest condolences to your Family we all will Miss Theresa, RIP. Wonderful, Beautiful, Person,Friend to all. Billy, Patty, Family. Missed and Loved. Loved and Cherish, her Family.

  15. John Moakley says:

    My mom was one of the most caring and giving persons you would every meet. She went without many times for us kids. She was always there for us and we miss her dearly. Now, she is with god and the angels up in heaven. She is missed every day along with my dad and sister Kathy.

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