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ANDOVER: On October 4, 2015, God called home one of his most faithful daughters.

The last in her family’s generation, Sheila M. Doherty (94) was called home to Heaven while surrounded by her family.

The daughter of Irish Immigrants, Michael J. Dalton and Margaret M. O’Mahoney, Sheila was a proud Lawrencian. Raised in Lawrence, she attended St. Augustine School on Tower Hill, and was a graduate of the class of 1939 from St. Mary’s High School. She received an associate’s degree in business from the McIntosh School of Business. She married the love of her life, the late James D. Doherty, in 1949. Together they raised their family of five children in Andover. Sheila was first and foremost our Mother, community engager, supportive spouse, and teacher of how to be kind and present to others. In her later years, Sheila was an accomplished business woman. She touched many lives with her graciousness and kindness.

She is survived by and will be dearly missed by her children, Mary M. Doherty of Whitefield, N.H., Sheila M. Doherty (Jr.) of Andover, Joanne Doherty Dee and her husband, Donald of Andover, James D. Doherty, Jr. and his wife, Mary Beth of Andover, Frances M. Doherty of North Andover; her grandchildren, Matthew J. Doherty of Ann Arbor, Mich., Caitlin K. Doherty of Charlestown, Mass., and Tripp Doherty of Andover; as well as many relatives and dear friends.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA 01810. A Funeral Service will be held the following morning, Friday, October 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Church. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation to the James D. Doherty Centennial Gymnasium (Jim’s Gym) at St. Augustine School, c/o St. Augustine Parish, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA 01810. To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com or www.facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome.
Published on  October 7, 2015
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