Marilyn Doody
Marilyn Doody

Obituary of Marilyn J. Doody

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Marilyn Jeanne Doody, 75, formerly of Bourne and Halifax MA, peacefully passed away on July 5th, 2022, at her daughter Wendy’s home in Pembroke, MA.

Marilyn was born in Brockton, MA to Archie Vernon Whitman and his wife, Bernice May (Geddes) Whitman on October 23rd, 1946. One of nine children, she was their youngest daughter. The family lived in Rockland for many years and then moved to Bridgewater when Marilyn was 16 years old. The move was difficult for her, but that is where Marilyn met Mary Pimentel, her lifelong best friend. Graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham High School in 1965, Marilyn then joined the workforce at Teledyne/Philbrick. Later in life, she pursued continuing education at Massasoit Community College. 

Marilyn had a variety of jobs throughout the years. She was very proud of the career she had in the field of electronics. She enjoyed her job as a hostess at BR’s Restaurant because it allowed her to meet and greet many people. Due to her outgoing personality, Marilyn made friends wherever she went. Transitioning to public service, Marilyn worked at the Halifax Assessor’s Office, volunteered at TIC as a news anchor, and was the site manager for Bourne Meals on Wheels before becoming the Activities Director for Bridging the Years, the senior day program of Bourne Council on Aging. Ever supportive, thoughtful, and generous, Marilyn touched the lives of so many people. She strongly believed in helping those in need and donated time and money to many charities. Marilyn enjoyed travel, cooking, gardening, and nature. She felt particularly passionate about birdwatching, the ocean, and enjoying the serenity of living on Cape Cod. Above all else, Marilyn’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and showering them with unconditional love. 

Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Richard L. Doody, and survived by their daughters, Wendy and Lisa, and their families. Wendy Anne Godfrey; her husband Noel and their daughters Jennifer Leigh, Noelle Lynne, and Linnea Louise of Pembroke. Lisa Marie Rodrigues; her husband Rodrigo and their daughters Olivia Rose and Khloe Jene of Raynham. Life will not be the same without you, Marilyn; beloved Mom, Grammy. 

Being the seventh of nine siblings, Marilyn has a large extended family; including many nieces and nephews that lovingly referred to her as “Auntie Mee Mee”. She is survived by her sisters Sandra Louise Smith, Nancy Gertrude Fuller, brothers Richard, Bruce, Bobby and his wife Donna, Paul Brian and his wife Debbie. Marilyn is preceded in death by her twin brothers, Allan and Arthur. 

Marilyn leaves behind her devoted sweetheart Kenneth Perry of Bridgewater, with whom she shared many wonderful years together filled with love.  

Honoring Marilyn’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held instead of standard services.  An announcement will be posted here when details are finalized. 

In lieu of cards or flowers, please make memorial donations to any of the following:

Alzheimer’s Association - 

National Audubon Society - 

Massachusetts State Police Association -

The family wishes to extend gratitude to the Alzheimer’s Association, Scituate Etrusco, Cozy Corner Adult Day Program, Old Colony Elder Services, Lions Club of Bridgewater, Pembroke Council on Aging and Norwell VNA & Hospice. Thanks to all the efforts made on her behalf, Marilyn was able to be at home, surrounded by those she loved.

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