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Mary E. ( Doherty) Benjamin, age 89, died peacefully on Friday morning, July 29, 2016, at Sea View Retreat in Rowley, after several years of declining health and memory loss. She was the widow of the late Mozart Benjamin. A lifelong resident of Amesbury, born Rachael Mary Elizabeth Doherty, July 13, 1927, she was the eldest daughter of the late P. Jeremiah Doherty and Annonciade ( Pichette ) Doherty.
She attended L’ecole du Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart School), and was a graduate of Amesbury High School, Class of 1945. She went on to attend Lynn-Burdett Business School, were she was top of her graduating class.
Mary was a retiree of the town of Amesbury, having worked for many years in the Treasurer/Collector’s Office, as well as serving as the Treasurer for the town of Amesbury. After retirement from Amesbury, she was employed by Community Action in Haverhill, Mass., for several more years before finally retiring at age 70. During her long life she was an active member of the Amesbury community.
She was a deciding member of the Amesbury High School Scholarship Committee, and a member of the St. Jean Social Club, as well a past president of the St. Jeans Women Chapter and captain of the St. Jean Drill Team as a young women. She was past president of the Ste. Anne Sodality. As a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church, now Holy Family Parish, she was a 60-year member of their choir, where she sang soprano.
She was involved in the local political scene as a democrat, helping with whatever was needed to win her candidate's race for office at the local or state level. She volunteered her accounting skills to the Greater Newburyport Salvation Army, as well, for many years.
In her later years, the Amesbury Senior Center was a part of her daily routine.
Mary was a quiet, honest, kind-hearted, devoted mother and community member, with a little bit of Irish wit and a proud French-Canadian heritage, who will be greatly missed by a multitude of family and friends, especially her children.
She is survived by her children, Mary Ann Webber and husband, Paul of Rowley, Mass.; Michael P. Benjamin and wife, Rosemary of East Kingston, N.H.; Maureen E. Benjamin of East Kingston, N.H.; Margaret J. Hamilton and husband, John of Seabrook, N.H.; Mark F. Benjamin of Amesbury, Mass.; Marcia C. Dzengeleski of Amesbury, Mass.; and Mona L. Benjamin of Wakefield, Mass. Mary had nine grandchildren, Lori Beth Calderwood, Michelle Hagstrom, Jessica Jenkins, Ashley Kino, Keegan Hamilton, Andrew Benjamin, Jay Benjamin, Alex Dzengelski, Benjamin Webber; and fifteen great-grandchildren. Besides her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her sister, Arlene Wallaga and husband, Tony of Amesbury; her brother, Donald Doherty and wife, Rita of Richmond, Vt.; her brother, Francis Doherty and wife, Janet of Ararat, N.C.; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence Quinn, Sr. of Amesbury. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Quinn of Amesbury and her brother, Alvin Doherty of Ararat, N.C. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews, who will miss her greatly. Mary loved spending time with her large family on all occasions, whether large or small, always attending with a smile and conversation.
Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend a memorial Mass in remembrance of Mary's life on Saturday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m., at the Holy Family Parish Church, Amesbury, MA. A private burial officiated by Fr. Scott Euvard of Holy Family Parish giving the blessing took place in St. Joseph's Cemetary, Amesbury, MA, at an earlier date. Memorial donations made be made in her name to the Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.
Published on  October 17, 2016
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