Mary Ellen (Berry) Desmarais, 73, of Port St. Lucie, FL and formerly of Chelmsford, MA

Mary Ellen (Berry) Desmarais, 73, of Port St. Lucie, FL and formerly of Chelmsford, MA passed peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday morning, August 26, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Hollis, NH.

She was married to Henry R. Desmarais, with whom she would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on October 9, 2020.

Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Veronica (McTeague) Berry.

She graduated from Chelmsford High School with the class of 1964 and furthered her education, at Middlesex Community College where she earned her Associates Degree in business.

She retired from Hillard Plumbing and Heating in Lowell, MA in 2009.

She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Chelmsford, MA.

She was a member of the Savanna Women’s Club and the Peacemakers Quilters both of Port St. Lucie

She loved to travel in her RV.  Mary Ellen loved spending time with her family and friends; especially her grandchildren.  She would attend all of her grandchildren events.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son Robert Desmarais and his wife Sheri of N. Chelmsford; two daughters, Christina Hillard and her husband Ronald of Hollis, NH, and Denise Fitton and her husband Robert of Chelmsford; two step sisters, Janet and her husband, Jerry Piche of Charlotte, NC and Maureen and her husband, Lawrence Record of Belmont. NH; a brother-in-law, Omer “Mike” and his wife Kathleen Desmarais of Chelmsford, MA; 10 grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was the grandmother of the late Olivia St.Amand; the sister of the late Daniel B. Berry Jr. and the step daughter of the late James Dawson.

There will be no visiting hours. Her Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Mon. at 11am at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chelmsford. Memorials may be made in her name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

18 Condolences for Mary Ellen (Berry) Desmarais, 73, of Port St. Lucie, FL and formerly of Chelmsford, MA

    Mary Wagner

    A loyal friend and neighbor in savanna club. We will miss her strength and cheery personality. We are sure she us in God’s grace. Mary and nick Wagner


    Jane Geary

    My deepest sympathy to Hank, your children, Robert, Christina and Denise, and all of your grandchildren. Mary Ellen was a very kind and caring person. She will be sorely missed by all of her family. Her many friends will miss her terribly as well.
    She is with the angels now.
    Prayers for all of you.


    Natalie and Arthur Dejadon

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Mary Ellen was a special lady. I grew up with her. We hold your family safe in our hearts ♥️ at this time of sadness. Wishing your family strength and peace.6)


    Pat Jamros

    My sincere condolences to you, Hank and your family.
    Mary Ellen was beautiful and kind and lovely. She will be greatly missed by all.
    Sending prayers for your strength and peace..May she Rest In Peace.


    Ann Peterson

    My sincere condolences to Hank and your family in the passing of Mary Ellen. May you all find comfort and peace as you remember the
    happy memories you all shared.

    Ann DiRubbo Peterson


    Jane Watson

    So sorry for your loss. She was a kind and fun person. I went to elementary school with her and graduated from CHS in 1964. May the memories you have bring you comfort.
    In sympathy,
    Jane (Knight) Watson


    Phil and Connie Ruhman

    Phil and I are so sorry for your loss of Mary Ellen. We always enjoyed visiting with all of you on July 4th. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Henry and your family.


    Barbara and Bob Mackey

    Our deepest condolences, Hank and family. Mary Ellen will be remembered for her caring,loving ways. May she rest in peace with no pain or suffering.


    Pat & Dave Conrad

    Our sincere sympathy to Hank and family.
    She was a lovely lady and we enjoyed staying in touch with pictures and writings.
    May she rest in peace.
    Pat and Dave Conrad


    Kathy (Day) Kinney

    Dear Hank and family
    My prayers I am saying for all. My husband Rick Kinney worked with Hank at the gas company for years and Mary Ellen bowled with my Mom and I many years ago. We have lost two wonderful people this year. Rick and Mary Ellen are at peace now.
    Love to all
    Kathy (Day) Kinney


    Doris Auger Guilmette

    just found out that Mary Ellen passed away. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Hank and the family. Mary Ellen will be missed by all who knew her. She fought such a long battle with cancer.


    Marie Dailleanes MacArthur

    I am very sorry to hear that Mary Ellen passed away recently. This must be a very difficult time for you and your family. Please accept my condolences.


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