Esther (Perry) Doherty of Westford

5538 DohertyEsther (Perry) Doherty, 83, of Westford, MA died Monday, May 25, 2015 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

She was married to the late John Doherty, who died in October of 1984.

Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late James and Hazel Perry. She graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1948.

She was a communicant of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Westford.

Esther was devoted to her family and loved raising her children and grandchildren. She loved music, singing, Trivial Pursuit, and Sunday dinners with her family.

She was a lifelong resident of Westford.

She is survived by three sons, Timothy J. and his wife, Diane Doherty of Westford, Dan and his wife, Donna Doherty of Westford, and Patrick Doherty of Westford; eight daughters, Judy Waterhouse of Wilmington, Kathy and her husband, Kevin Brunelle of Waterford, CT, Maura and her husband, David Pleva of Pelham, NH, Winny and her husband, Terry Woodward of Townsend, Nora and her husband, Tom Courtney of Westford, Maggie and her husband, George Mellonakos of Westford, Martha and her husband, Bill Martin of Lowell and Elizabeth and her husband, Jonathan Moore of Chelmsford; a cousin, Mary Seman of Andover; twenty nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren and two nephews.

She was the mother of the late Michael J. Doherty of Westford, who died on July 16, 2013, the sister of Donald Perry of Westford, who died on March 17, 2010 and the grandmother of Garrett Brunelle of Waterford, CT, who died on August 12, 1992.

Visiting hours Sun. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Mon. at 8A.M. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9A.M. at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

13 Condolences for Esther (Perry) Doherty of Westford

    Maryellen, Shannon and Bill Grace

    What is there to say about this wonderful woman and her family. I can see her elegance, musical talent, that twinkle in her eyes, and love for others in everyone of you. Although we grieve in her loss, know that she is still watching all of you from above.


    John and Betty Ann Carp

    Kathy, Kevin and Christian,
    We are sorry for your loss. Will always remember all the wonderful times we shared with Shirley and you. One especially was our Williamsburg, VA week. We know how she will watch over her family from above. Our love to all of you.


    John Bielefeld


    I am so sorry to hear the news of the passing of your mother-in-law Esther.
    I will keep her in my prayers at mass this weekend.



    Lauren and Don Cusano

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother-in-law. Just by reading her obituary, you can see that she loved family and we are sure that there will be lots of reminissing and support throughout this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
    Take care of each other,
    Lauren and Don


    Martha Hanson

    To all Doherty children,
    Sorry to read of your Mums passing. Ester was one outstanding lady and she was so good to my Mum. Rick & I are in FL. not to return till June 9th but know all the Doherty’s are in our thoughts & prayers.
    Always Rick & Martha (Reardon) Hanson


    MaryBeth and Terry McCartan

    Heartbreaking. No matter how long we have our parents, we are never ready to totally say goodbye. Our hearts go out to you Nora and all the family. What a very special lady. We will never forgot listening to her sing – what a special night!
    surrounding you with hugs x0x0


    Gail & Mickey

    So sorry for your family loss. You are all a wonderful family. Your mother had a nice long life and you all brought joy to her in many ways. No matter how old you are when you lose your mother it is heartbreaking. Please let your memory bring you some relief in this time of sorrow. Sincerely Gail and Mickey.


    Jim and Ann Courtney

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother
    we know how special mothers are and how close you were
    to your mother,our thought and prayers are with you and your Family
    at this very sad time

    Love Ann and Jim


    Bill O'Neill, Jr.

    We are so very sorry to hear the news of your loss. I remain so grateful to have had the opportunity to have a wonderful conversation with Mrs. Doherty last year at my mother’s wake. She was such a dear friend.

    She reminded me an Martha (my parent’s godchild) how she met my mother. They shared a maternity ward in July 1954. My dad was visiting. Mr. Doherty walks in and sees my dad, a classmate from Keith Academy. It was then that the connection was made. And a close bond with the four of them was formed that day.

    I have many wonderful memories of our families spending time together back in the day. My Dad is quite moved by the loss and very reminiscent and likewise appreciative of a particularly close friendship that Esther and Peggy nurtured for sixty years.

    Our prayers go out to you at this time of loss.

    Bill O’Neill, Jr.
    Shoreham, VT


    Billy Anderson

    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful person, and I always enjoyed speaking with her. I never really thought of it before, but I was always struck by your mother’s physical grace and poise. It felt an honor that she took interest and remembered details of my wife and kids as I grew, she always made me feel really special when she met me at the door. I’ll miss your mom, she was a wonderful and ever-elegant lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.
    Your friend, Billy Anderson


    Scott Downs

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many childhood memories of your mom. May the sorrow you feel now fade quickly and be replaced with warm memories of your mom. She was a special Lady who touched many lives.


    Joan and Bill Gale

    We were deeply saddened when we learned of your Mom’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


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