OBITUARY: Theresa J. “Terry” (Malloy) Moakley, 85

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Theresa J. “Terry” Moakley (Malloy), age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at her home on February 3, 2021.

Terry was born in Wayland, MA, on April 16, 1935, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl (Neilsen) Malloy. Terry was part of a large family of siblings who were raised and educated in Somerville.

While visiting friends in Wilmington, Terry, went to Rocco’s restaurant where she met a handsome young man named William Moakley, and they hit it off right away. Terry and Bill were married in 1958 and moved to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised their four children. Terry was an amazing mother; she always put their needs ahead of her own and she showered them with unconditional love and devotion. Terry also cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and played an active role in their lives. Terry’s family was her number one priority, they shared many wonderful times together and she was very proud of each one of them. Bill and Terry were married for over 57 years until his passing in 2015; she missed him terribly and insribed “til we meet again” on his stone; now they are together again.

Terry was also a very loyal and caring friend and neighbor; she went out of her way to help others and she stood up for what she thought was right. Terry enjoyed “hanging out” and socializing with her friends at Town Beach; they were always out and about walking their dogs, going to the “dog park” and having fun. Terry was known as the official “Grandmother” to the neighborhood kids; she and her dog were always at the neighborhood park and they watched over all the kids; they loved her dearly.

Terry will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was friendly towards everyone and loved by all. She will be greatly missed and “Until we meet again” Mom we love you.

Terry was the beloved wife of 57 years to the late William “Bill” Moakley, Sr., devoted mother of John Moakley and his wife Varsha of Florida, William “Bill” Moakley, Jr. of Billerica, Richard Moakley of Wilmington and the late Kathleen Moakley. Loving “Grandma” of Aliyana, Mark, Rachel, Ryan and Great-Granddaughter Hadley. Terry was one of 21 siblings and is survived by her brother Butch and sisters Kay, Rita, Jean and Sandra. Terry is also survived by her dear friend Doreen as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 11th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry’s memory may be to M.S.P.C.A., Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Theresa J. “Terry” Moakley

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