TEWKSBURY, MA — Marion E. (Kirkland) Hesketh, of Tewksbury, formerly of Cambridge, age 95, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2019, at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell following a brief illness.
Born in Medford, MA on May 11, 1923, Marion was the beloved daughter of the late George and Sarah (Breen) Kirkland. Marion grew up in Cambridge and married Stanley Hesketh on June 7, 1947. Stanley and Marion raised their three children in Cambridge and it wasn’t until after Stanley’s retirement, that they made their move to Tewksbury in 1987.
Marion was very active in the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Cambridge from childhood until it closed in 1992. Church activities were a very big part of her life and she made it an important part of her family’s life. Following the closing of Pilgrim church, Marion became a member of the Wilmington Congregational Church.
Marion was married for 64 years to her beloved husband Stanley who passed away in 2011. She was preceded in death by her son Stanley Jr. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Susan Hesketh of Pennsylvania, her son David Hesketh and his wife Sandra of Tewksbury, and her daughter Carol Davis and her husband Joe of Oklahoma. Marion was the beloved sister of Margaret, Ruth, and Frederick, all of whom preceded her in death.
Marion especially loved being a grandmother and great grandmother. She was the
cherished grandmother of Daniel, Sarah, Matthew, Katie, David, Steven, Philip John, Elizabeth, Kristin, and Philip Stanley and great-grandmother of Alexa, Brianna, Kayla, Brayden, Emily, Meghan, Madison, Alex, Ben, Sam, Drew, Avery, Elsie, David, Howard, and Trevor.
Marion was also survived by several nieces and nephews and was especially close to her niece Phylis Benoit and nephew Bob Kirkland.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, February 4th for Visitation from 9:00-10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Tewksbury Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marion’s name may be made to either the National Kidney Foundation, 209 West Central Street Suite 220 Natick, MA 01760 or The Upside, Advocacy and Advancement for Individuals with Down Syndrome, c/o Misti Brock, Account ending *8800, Legend Bank, Henrietta Branch, P.O. Box 300, Henrietta, TX 76365.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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