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Obituary: Margaret 'Peggy' (Doherty) Gillis

Published  in July 2018

Gillis, Margaret Ann (Doherty) “Peggy” died Sunday July 22, 2018 with her family by her side. Peggy was the wife of Neil Gillis of East Dennis, formerly of Charlestown, and mother of Mary Helen Little of Somerville. She was “favorite mother-in-law” to Ryan Little and beloved Grammy to “best kids in the world” Owen and Margaret.

Peggy was born in Charlestown, the sixth child of the late Mary (Burns) and Bernard Doherty. She was the dear sister of Nancy Ryan and her husband Dick of Readville, Mary Deery and her husband Bob of East Dennis, Barbara Hunter and her husband Joe of Gilford, NH, Roger Doherty of Charlestown, Hugh Doherty and his wife Lisa of Saugus, Danny Doherty and his wife Lilly of Saugus, and the late Bernard, Kathleen, Tommy, Joanne, and Johnny Doherty. She also leaves behind best friends Elaine Riley of Hampton, NH and Ann Sweeney of Scituate, and many nieces, nephews and great friends.

Peggy had fond memories of growing up in Charlestown as one of twelve kids. There was always “something doing.” She graduated from St. Rose High School in Chelsea and went on to work at the Navy Yard, NASA, and Veteran’s Administration. Peggy and Neil were married on May 17, 1980. Together they raised their daughter, Mary Helen, in Saugus and spent summers at their beloved home on Sesuit Neck in East Dennis. In retirement they spent winters in Boynton Beach, FL, reliving their Charlestown days with an incredible group of friends and family. Peggy enjoyed the beach, cards with the girls, shopping till she dropped, traveling, and most of all, her family. She loved her daughter and grandkids more than anything.

Peggy made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She had a twinkle in her eye and a laugh that was contagious. She always said she “had a wonderful life.”
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Tuesday July 31, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am followed by a Memorial Mass at 11am at Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church in Brewster, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Compassionate Care ALS at ccals.org or PO Box 1052 West Falmouth, MA 02574.

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