Mary Ellen Dooling

  • Died: July 16, 2017
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
46 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM - Ms. Mary Ellen Dooling, 66, of Salem, formerly of Danvers, died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness.

Born in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late Charles Frederick and Mary Ellen (Tierney) Dooling. She was raised and educated in Peabody and Danvers and was a graduate of St. John's Grammar School in Peabody and Bishop Fenwick High School, Class of 1968. She continued her education at Rivier College graduating in 1972 earning her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. During her college years, Mary Ellen was quite the thespian. She performed in many of the college theater productions throughout her college years and directed 12th Knight at UMass-Lowell.

Ms. Dooling had been employed as the Marketing Director for Harvard Community Healthcare of Boston. She had also been associated with the Boston Herald as the Healthcare Adviser and contributor. More recently she had been employed as the Health Care Marketing Director for Beacon Hospice and as the Liaison for Hallmark Health – Visiting Nurses Association for 18 years until the time of her retirement in 2016. Throughout her professional career she was also a licensed Social Worker.

With an outgoing and affable personality, Mary Ellen used her skills and coordinated and produced the Healthcare Marketplace throughout her 18-year career. She founded and ran many networking groups throughout the healthcare industry that are still in existence today.

Active in local political circles, she enjoyed supporting many local candidates especially her cousin Congressman John Tierney. A longtime resident of the City of Salem, Mary Ellen, enjoyed spending her time taking in live music shows and theater productions. Upon her retirement in 2016, she moved to Florida. She returned to the North Shore to be close to family and friends at the time of her diagnosis.

Mary Ellen endeared herself to many with her enormous smile and friendly conversation. She enjoyed making new friends and meeting new people. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

Mary Ellen wished to thank the staff and care givers of Care Dimensions for the kindness they have shown to her during her illness.
Mary Ellen is survived by her dear, lifelong friends, Lyne and Jerry Lepone of Peabody, whom went to great lengths to care for her during her last days, her aunt and uncle, Ann and Jack Burke of Swampscott and many cousins, extended family and cherished friends. She was the daughter of the late Charles Frederick and Mary Ellen (Tierney) Dooling and sister of the late Frederick "Freddy" Dooling.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem, Saturday, July 22nd from 12 noon to 1 P.M., immediately followed by her memorial service at 1 P.M.. Following the memorial service all are invited to Brodie's Seaport, 215 Derby St., Salem to celebrate Mary Ellen's life how she would have wished. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse & Hospice/Caregivers Convention, 178 Savin St., #300, Malden, Ma 02148. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

I miss you and think of you everyday.

Posted by Donna Yacullo - North Port, FL - Friend   July 18, 2018

I was shocked and sad to read in the paper of Mary Ellen's departure of this life! I was a next door neighbor of the Dooling family and of the Tierney family who lived in the back of our house on Holten St. in Peabody.
I was a young child when Mary Ellen was born and later for my birthday, I received a doll which I named Mary Ellen after her. I have fond memories of all the family I send condolences in a special way to
Anne Marie ! May god Blessings be with you and may Mary Ellen rest in God's Presence ! Sister Kathleen Therese SND
( Mary E. Cassidy )

Posted by Sr Kathleen Therese Cassidy - Ipswich, MA   July 22, 2017

Fly with the Angels Mary Ellen. Spread your love, laughter, and good cheer into the universe. You will be missed and never forgotten.

Posted by Tookie Boenis dePontbriand - Nashua, NH - Friend   July 21, 2017

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

Posted by Donna Yacullo - North Port, FL - Friend   July 20, 2017


Mary Ellen and I met at a pub in Cambridge in the mid-70's, on that night a friend of mine said that my sister had arrived (I don't have a sister) and turned to see nearly a mirror image, we got a laugh out of it and became fast friends. She was living in Brookline at the time and hosted fabulous parties always with a theme. The following summer we shared a summer house in Hyannis on weekends, that was a fun summer full of many great memories. I moved to California over 30 year ago, I saw her once during a visit home. I am so sorry to hear that she passed so young, but clearly had a huge fan club. May she R.I.P and may God hold her in the palm of his hand.

Posted by Kathy Hall - Mountain View, CA - Friend   July 19, 2017

Our entire family is very saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Ellen. I can only think that Freddy must be elated to be reunited with his beloved sister in heaven.

Posted by Kelly McNulty-Theriault - Danvers, MA - Family   July 19, 2017


My thoughts and prayers go out to Lynne & Gerry and her family. I had a great visit with Mary Ellen when she came back up to MA and moved in with her best friend and my cousins Lynn and Gerry. It was a good visit...we talked, laughed and ate. She was doing whatever she wanted to do and was in control.

Mary Ellen was a great person and would do anything for you! She will be missed. My heart goes out to Lynn and Gerry.

May you rest in peace Mary Ellen. Blessings & Love, Lisa Santarpio

Posted by Lisa Santarpio - Chelsea, MA - Friend   July 19, 2017


I am so very saddened to hear of the passing of my cousin, Mary Ellen. I have happy memories of us, as children. May you be at peace, now. God Bless.

Posted by Sharon (Dooling) Heffron - Plaistow, NH   July 19, 2017

I'm a former neighbor of Mary Ellen's and her family from Danvers. Lovely person and so full of life. I met Mary just recently about a month in the Christmas Tree Shop in Lynnfield she was with her friend Jerry. She told me of her illness and just how severe it was, I was in shock as she looked wonderful I gave her many, many hugs and love, she was very up and jovial. God bless you my dear

Posted by Dorie Cole - Danvers, MA - friend   July 18, 2017

My sincerest sympathies and prayers to friends and family. I was one of Mary Ellen's fellow sociology majors at Rivier many years ago. She was certainly a lovely lady.

Posted by Sandra Hogan - Nashua, NH - Classmate   July 18, 2017


I was sad to read of Mary Ellen's passing. I remember her fondly from our student days at Bishop Fenwick. Her career achievements were many and impressive. Sending prayers to her friends and family.

Posted by Arthur Makar - RICHMOND HILL, NY - Friend   July 18, 2017

It was a joy for me to visit MaryEllen for her Reiki treatments. I could tell the moment I met her that anyone who was lucky enough to have shared her life had been given a true gift. God must have needed a very special Angel the day he took Maryellen home. My condolences to all that grieve her passing. Care Dimensions Volunteer

Posted by Lori Maffeo - Lynn, MA - acquaintance   July 18, 2017

When you left this earth, you took a piece of my heart with you, but you left me with 49 years of friendship and the best memories ever. You spread laughter and joy wherever you went. You will be missed. God speed, my dear, dear friend until we meet again.

Posted by Kathy Fanning O'Connor - Millbury, MA - friend   July 18, 2017

I'm sad to hear the news of her passing, she was a wonderful person I had the pleasure of meeting, rest easy & fly free

Posted by Heidi Veader - North reading, MA - Coworker   July 18, 2017


My cousin first and family, but for longer as an adult my friend who graciously shared her passions, opened her heart to me and my husband, Eric with whom we had many long nights chatting, laughing, and crying at the joy and sorrows and pains in life and yet forging a bond that I will always draw on to learn and grow from the challenges life gives us. She shared her wonderful community of friends with us and built her own unique version of family that cannot be denied as truly powerful and wonderful. I hope she is 'dancing in the streets' !!!!

Posted by Maura Abramo - Newburyport, MA - Family   July 17, 2017

You were the lifeline to our parents past connecting us cousins with our present and future. Your smile and laugh will forever be ingrained in this family. Wishing you love and peace.

Posted by Mary Marulli - Reading, MA - Family   July 17, 2017

My beautiful and loyal friend, God blessed me when he put you in my life. My heart is heavy, and I want you to know that it was an honor and special gift to be able to care for you. You were special to all and you gave your all to make a difference in this crazy world. Love you to the moon and back my sister. I will carry you within my heart. Until we reunite on the other side my beloved friend, XO Lyne

Posted by Lyne Lepone - Peabody, MA - Friend   July 17, 2017

Your friendship is a gift that I shall always treasure. You will remain in my heart forever. I Love You Dear Friend...and miss you.
Lyne and Jerry...God Bless you for all you did for MaryEllen.

Posted by Janet Schweitzer - Reading, MA - Friend   July 17, 2017

Mary Ellen was a lovely, lovely lady who touched the lives of many in such wonderful, giving ways. She packed more good living in her too-brief life than most of us! I hope that she is having a terrific time meeting up with family and friends, especially our mutual friend, Chris Tufts Beveridge, who also left us too soon. May they be having lots of giggles in Heaven as they did at their get-togethers here!

Posted by joanne moir - lynn, MA - Friend   July 17, 2017

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At an Easter party in 2007 at Chris Beveridge's.