Bradenton, FL — Dorothy (Maurice) Hennessey, of Bradenton, Fla., and former longtime Amesbury resident, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Bradenton, with her loving daughter, Joanne, by her side. She was the wife of the late Arhtur P. Hennessey, who died March 3, 1996.
Born in Amesbury on August 5, 1926, Dorothy was one of seven children of the late Ernest and Philomene (Goudreau) Maurice, French-speaking parents who emigrated here from Canada.
She attended Catholic schools in Amesbury, and was the only child in the family to graduate from high school. She was predeceased by her beloved sister, Lucy, of Framingham; and brothers, Lionel of Amesbury, Edmond of Danvers and Jerry of Haverhill.
After the passing of her husband, Dorothy moved to Kensington, N.H., to live with her son, David, and his family, where she lived for 15 years.
Her survivors include a son, David P. Hennessey and wife, Diane, of Kensington; a daughter, Joanne Hennessey of Bradenton; three beloved grandchildren, Kyle of Seattle, and Corinne and Curtis of Kensington: a brother, Edward Maurice of Bradenton; a sister, Denise of Plaistow, N.H.; her beloved sister-in-law and best friend, Dorrit Maurice of Hampstead, N.H.; along with several nieces and nephews; and dear friends.
Although their hearts are broken, they will always treasure and fondly remember the wonderful memories Dorothy created with them throughout her lifetime.
She worked and retired from Towle Silversmiths of Newburyport, working as secretary to the vice president. She was a member of the Whittier Club, regularly attended her class reunions and Towle Silversmiths reunions, assisting as secretary in these groups when asked.
She was a lifelong member of the Saint Joseph’s Church, now Holy Family Parish, where she enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. After a disabling accident, she attended the Kensington Congregational Church with her favorite daughter-in-law and sang in the choir there under the direction of organist, Judy White-Hosker.
ARRANGEMENTS: A period of visitation will be held Tuesday, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury, followed by a funeral Mass, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Church of the Holy Family Parish, Amesbury, with interment in Union Cemetery, Amesbury.