Doris Melvin of Tyngsboro


5646 MelvinDoris Marie (Mawn) Melvin, age 82, died peacefully surrounded by family. Born in Boston, grew up in Dorchester & lived in No. Quincy and Marshfield before moving to CA to help raise her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David. She is survived by her children, David and wife Karen, James "Mick" and wife Linda, Tom and wife Barbara, Mary and husband Steve, Bill and partner Laura, 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, all whom she loved dearly. She was an avid Red Sox fan and never lost her Boston accent, attitude, wit or Irish humor. Her greatest joy was vacationing at Humarock beach with her family. She had a deep Catholic faith and devotion. She was a Marian Helper. She supported the church and many charities, including volunteering at foodbanks/thrift shops and helping those less fortunate. Her favorite charities were St Vincent de Paul, and the Interfaith Foodbank.   Wherever she lived, she touched the hearts of all that met her. She was a woman of many talents: devoted housewife, fantastic cook, Nursery School aid, Elementary crossing guard, wedding cake decorator, caterer, and the neighborhood "Ma". She drove like a bat out of hell, she loved to sneak rides on motorcycles, and helped push start more than one of her children's jalopies.   No visiting hours. A celebration of life will be held on Oct 17 @ noon at St Christine’s Church in Marshfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Interfaith Food Bank,12181 Airport Road Jackson, CA 95685 (or online at ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


October 17, 2015
St. Christine's Church Marshfield, MA
  1. Chuck Foley says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful person. Your family was such a great part of growing up on Atlantic street!

  2. Frank Gerry says:


    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember your mother hosting us while the whole gang hung out and played pool down in your basement at your home in Humarock. Your Mom always made sure we had snacks to eat. Mostly her home baked goodies.

  3. Roseann Clemente says:

    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. You & your Family are in my thoughts & prayers. As loss is difficult, now is the time to remember the good times & celebrate your Mother’s life.

  4. Janet Horrall says:

    So sorry to hear of Nana’s passing. She was so sweet to all of the kids and staff at Hahn School, everyone loved her. My condolences to her family & friends.

  5. Bob and Debbie Lane says:

    Nana, as she was known by all the children at school, was a true saint. The kids and staff loved her. She helped so many kids and was always there for them. Mrs. Melvin was always happy. She brightened everyone’s day by her smile, sense of humor, and that fabulous Boston accent. Rest in peace my friend.

  6. Carol & Frank says:

    Very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  7. Annette Healy says:

    My heart is heavy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I will remember the many laughs we shared with her. Annette

  8. Arnie Piellucci says:

    Bill! I’m sure you will be getting lots of advice, so I won’t give any. I wish for you that the good memories will overwhelm any of the sorrows! Arnie P

  9. Sue Farmer says:


    So very sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    God Bless

  10. Nigel Ellis says:

    Mary and family,
    I am so so sorry. We all loved her and it felt so nice to be able to call her “Nan” as she was to all of us. She was a wonderful person and so proud of you.
    The Ellis family

  11. Michele Farmer says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was really touched by your mom. I would visit Mary and get to know Doris a bit throughout the years. She was always smiling and high energy and always helping. It amazed me! I saw first hand how much she loved her family and how she interacted with Michele and Matthew when they were so young. Truly a blessing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

  12. Diane and John Linke says:

    Our condolences to Mrs. Melvin’s family, friends and those she served. We had the honor of befriending and spending Thanksgiving and other celebrations with her in California. She served God and her community and instantly became involved when needed. We will miss her laugh, her stories, her enthusiasm and her smile. She loved our fried turkies and we always made sure she got a wing. She has her real wings now.

  13. Steve & Janet Rourke says:

    T Mel
    So sorry to hear about your Mom ! We never could pull the wool over her eyes !! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  14. Mike & Debbie Spero says:

    Tommy Debbie and I are so sorry to hear the sad news she will be missed like no other!- Mick

  15. Spence says:

    Very sorry to hear, there’s no worse feeling than losing your mom. Try a couple of green monsters, it’ll help for a few hours.

  16. Lauren Buika says:

    Bill & Laura,
    My sincere condolences. Oh the memories! You are a very lucky family to have such a wonderful “Ma”. God Bless.

  17. Stephen, Cheryl, and Alia Michaud says:

    Our deepest sympathies to all the Melvin clan. Your mom, from all accounts the firecracker that sparked her children’s sense of humor and high spirits! Peace and fond memories to all of you in your time of sorrow.

  18. Ron Jackson says:

    Tom, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Barb at this time of sorrow. You will let me know who “Ma” was sneaking MC rides with….. Ron

  19. Cathy Murphy Kedski says:

    Love to all the Melvins…..your mom was such a good friend of our mom all through the years. Her faith was always so strong. I’m sure she’s having a cup of tea with my mom right now! So sorry to hear the sad news. xo

  20. DCMA Aircraft Propulsion Operations - Work Family says:

    Tom and Barbara, we’re sorry for the loss of your mother. Your DCMA Aircraft Propulsion Operations – work family.

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