WILMINGTON, MA — Mary E. Woods (Martino), age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on July 23, 2017.
Mary was born on October 10, 1925, in Wakefield, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late William and Eugenia (Ramsdell) Martino. Mary was raised and educated in Wakefield and a graduate of Wakefield High School. At the age of 21, she moved with her family to Wilmington; settling on Hopkins Street. Mary made many new friends in Wilmington and through them she met her “sweetheart” Joseph Woods. Mary and Joe soon became inseparable; they married in 1946 and together they raised a wonderful family of six children.
Mary and Joe, along with their family had many great times together throughout the years. Mary loved to entertain and host family gathering; Mary was known to be a great cook and hostess for their large family and extended family; all were welcomed.
Mary worked as a clerk at North Wilmington Pharmacy for many years; she was very knowledgeable, as well as personable and pleasant with the customers which made her quite an asset to Mr. Sandler throughout the years. Mary also worked at Austin Preparatory School in North Reading before she finally retired.
Mary was very active in her community as well; she was a precinct warden for the Wilmington Town Elections, a very active member of the Wilmington Women’s Club, and she was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years.
Mary enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl, she loved to swim and go to the beach. Mary looked forward to the family trips to Plum Island where everyone was together and they all had a great time. Mary was an avid gardener; she just loved flowers of all kinds.
Mary will be fondly remembered as very pleasant and friendly; she was extremely active and always doing something for someone. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and a terrific aunt who looked forward to spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Mary loved her family with all her heart and she will forever be missed.
Mary was the beloved wife of the late Joseph H. Woods, devoted mother of Joseph Woods & wife Darlene of Lawrence, Elizabeth “Betty Anne” Woods of Andover, Thomas Woods & wife Terri of Wilmington, Stephen Woods & wife Mary of Falmouth, ME, David Woods & wife Shannon and Michael Woods all of Wilmington. Loving “Grammy” of Danielle, Joseph Jr., Katie, Nicholas, Stephanie, Michelle, Christina, Jillian, Stephen, Emily, David, Danny, and Great-Grandchildren Lindsay and Mason. Sister of the late Catherine Park, Elizabeth Blaisdell, Anthony, Charles, and William Martino. Mary is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, July 26th for Visitation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or alz.org/manh.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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