OBITUARY: Mary Ann (Martin) Marks, 65

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Mary Ann (Martin) Marks, of Lowell, formerly of North Reading and Wilmington, died on September 30th, 2020 with her children by her side after a short illness. She was 65 years old.

Born in Woburn, MA, on October 16, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Frances (Machiesky) Martin. Mary was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School, class of 1974.

After high school, Mary attended the Licensed Practical Nursing program at the Tewksbury Hospital School of Practical Nursing, graduating in 1976. Mary’s career as a nurse spanned nearly four decades, mostly working at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She frequently received compliments about the compassionate way she cared for the residents and often brought them candy or gifts to brighten their day.

Mary’s Catholic faith became stronger as she grew older; she prayed often and would also send Mass cards to anyone in need. In her free time, Mary enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, true crime television shows, and reading – Stephen King, James Patterson, and the National Enquirer were her favorites. She loved to laugh and often found humor where others did not. Mary loved to eat sweets and especially enjoyed candy and chocolates.

Above all else, Mary deeply loved her family, she doted on her grandchildren, and she was extremely generous and giving. Mary is survived by her husband Walter and their three children: Anthony Marks and his wife Neia of Peabody; Thomas Marks, his wife Rachel, and their three children, Evelyn, Nathaniel, and Acelynn, of Louisville, Kentucky; and Jessica Diebold, her husband Mathieu, and their son, Simon, of Springfield, Pennsylvania. Mary also had five brothers and sisters: the late Diane F. Martin, and her son, Michael P. Martin, of New York, NY; Robert P. Martin and his wife Ondis, and their two children, Michael and Peter, all of the Philippines; Thomas A. Martin and his wife Marylee of Derry, NH; Theresa M. Gilbride and her late husband Thomas, and their daughter Elizabeth of Lowell; and Katherine M. Martin of Lowell.

At this time, services are private and for immediate family only.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Mary’s favorite charity, Food for the Poor, P.O. Box 979005, Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9005.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

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