BAPTISTE, Dorothea Rose|
"Dot" (Herlihy) Passed away on Good Friday, March 25, 2016. She was the beloved wife of Manuel ("Manny") for nearly 75 years. Dot was a true matriarch of a large family--devoted mother to Robert (Patricia), Richard, Diane Williams and Marion O'Shaughnessy; loving grandmother to Laura Baptiste (Brian Kildee), Ed (Kaitlin) Baptiste, Michelle Buckman, Christine Williams, Brian (Amy) O'Shaughnessy, Michael O'Shaughnessy, Aileen O'Shaughnessy, and Sarah O'Shaughnessy, and joyful great grandmother to Rosalia, Ben, Theo, Hugo, Sam, Miles, Zoe, Declan and Brennan. She was also a treasured sister, aunt and cousin--a family pillar and caregiver to dozens over the course of her life. Dot was born on June 13, 1921, in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Michael and Anne (Murphy) Herlihy, the youngest of eight children. She spent her childhood in Union Square, Somerville, attending church and school at St. Joseph's parish. Dot and Manny's marriage was, throughout all of their years, a true and unwavering partnership, and when they moved their family from Cambridge to Lexington in 1952, they built a home that has since been the cohesive and loving center of gravity for everyone in the family and countless friends. Dot/Mum/Grandma worked tirelessly to create and maintain that home, and was an unfailingly consistent presence in the lives of all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, instilling a deep understanding of the importance of family, self respect, and hard work. She possessed a masterful combination of class, quick-wittedness, style, strength, patience, and a bit of sass, with legendary looks that communicated volumes. Each person she loved had a special place in the constellation of her world. We feel a deep sense of sadness and loss as we mourn a woman who seemed immortal. And we are also filled with joy and gratitude to have lived in her orbit, moving forward with the bonds that she forged. Visitation hours will be on Monday, March 28, from 3-7 pm at Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Road, LEXINGTON, MA. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 29, 10 am at St. Brigid's Parish, 2001 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Douglass Funeral Home
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 27, 2016