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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