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Mary A. (Gness) Dockham, 93, died Saturday, February 4, 2017, in the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles H. Dockham, who died in 2004.
Born in Peabody on August 24, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Rose (Senchuck) Gness. She resided in Peabody and Salem for many years before moving to Beverly over 60 years ago.
Mary Ann was employed at Hotwatt in Danvers for several years before her retirement. She had also once worked at Sylvania in Salem and Danvers for several years. She was an active member of the Beverly Senior Activity Center, participating in hundreds of activities, including trips, luncheons and her favorite activity, dancing. When the Beverly Center was not busy enough for her, she participated in other local Senior Centers namely Peabody, Salem and Danvers. She also devoted a great amount of time to volunteering her services for many organizations and individuals throughout the four centers.
Mary tirelessly and quietly sought ways to be of loving service to others, especially her family, who will miss her dearly.
She is survived by two sons, Bryan C. Dockham of Dover, Delaware and Gary Dockham and his wife, Sally (Dexter) of Methuen; two daughters, Catherine A. Stanley and her husband, Paul R. of Magnolia and Sharon Dockham of Beverly; seven grandchildren, Tina (Dockham) Crane and her husband, Stephen of Beverly, Jason P. Stanley and his wife, Stacey of Magnolia, Tara C. (Stanley) Malone and her husband, Sean of Magnolia, Rachelle R. (Stanley) Graham and her husband, Andrew of Beverly and Sarah D., Kate E., and Jennifer G. Dockham, all of Methuen; four great-grandchildren, Dakotah Lynn Squire, Lilah Catherine Malone, Alexander Jason Stanley and Breck Paul Malone, all of Magnolia; two sisters-in-law, Noella Gness of Salem and Estelle Gness of Conn.; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by five brothers, John, Peter, Oscar, Stephen and Michael Gness; and two sisters, Ann Page and Helen Simard.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 11, in the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Interment will be held in Central Cemetery, Beverly. The family wishes to extend an invitation to Danversport Yacht Club following the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly, MA 01915. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  February 7, 2017
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