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MaryLee (King) Hovanian

MaryLee (King) Hovanian of Laconia, NH and Venice, FL passed Tuesday January 7, 2020 after a brief illness.

MaryLee grew up in Medford and attended Matignon High School where she would meet her first husband, Joseph Dooley Jr of Arlington.  She graduated from Boston College in 1963 with a degree in nursing.  She held a number of positions throughout her career, including as a Visiting Nurse in Medford, a Charge Nurse at Boston City Hospital and later at Cable Hospital in Ipswich, where she would later raise her family on Edge Street.  During this time, she also pursued and received a Masterís Degree from Boston University.  She then spent 26 years as a professor of medical/surgical nursing at North Shore Community College until she retired in 2005.

In 1985, she married Syren (Charles) Hovanian of Salem, NH and would then spend the next 35 years summering at Lake Winnipesaukee.  She enjoyed swimming and gardening, playing dominos with her grandchildren, cards with her neighbors, and cooking for family and friends, where no one ever left hungry.   By all accounts, she was an excellent cook (and novice food critic!).  Upon retirement, MaryLee spent her winters in FL and eventually settled in Venice, FL in a community surrounded by friends and family.  She looked forward to the annual St Patrickís community dinners and searching for shark teeth on the nearby beaches.  Her greatest joy though was the time she spent with her grandchildren who fondly called her Nana Mimi.

She was a very generous and loving person and will be deeply missed.  She is survived by her children Jay Dooley III (and his wife Krisanne) of Topsfield, Noreen Kelly (and her husband Kevin) of Topsfield, and Sean Dooley (and his wife Kristen) of Newbury, five grandchildren, Madison and Brianna Kelly, Colin, Keegan and Erin Dooley, all of Topsfield.  She was beloved sister of Paul King of Tyngsboro, Judy Gianatti of Middleton, Jack King of Miami, FL and Carol Mwroka of Venice, FL and beloved aunt to numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces/nephews.  She is predeceased by her second husband Syren, her mother Lenore and father Paul King of Medford. 

Calling hours will be held from 1-4pm at Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lahey Heath Home & Hospice Services, Gift Processing Center, 41 Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01805.


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