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.