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MARY LORRAINE (TUOHEY) DILLON

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MARY LORRAINE (TUOHEY) DILLON Obituary
DILLON, Mary Lorraine (Tuohey) A long time North Shore resident, November 17, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James Dillon of Salem; her daughters Edie (and Joe) Thompson of Raleigh, N.C., Peggy Dillon of Gloucester, Katie (and John) Noonan of Wakefield, and Julie (and Doug) Taggart of Tewksbury; her grandchildren Katie Kondylas, Sarah Thompson, James and Lizzie Taggart, and Dan, Mike and Lydia Noonan; great-grandchildren Dillon and Addie Kondylas; and five nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her sisters Mae Staump and Dorothy Glanfield, and her granddaughter Molly Thompson. She was born May 23, 1931, to Henry Tuohey, a railroad employee, and his wife, Norma (McCoy) Tuohey, a homemaker. The youngest of three daughters, Lorraine-as she was known to family and friends-was raised in Jamesburg, N.J. Following high school she attended the nursing program at the Jersey City Medical Center, where the training was so rigorous that within weeks of starting there she and her classmates were put in charge of hospital floors. After becoming a registered nurse in 1952, Lorraine moved to Manhattan, where for six years she worked at the Rockefeller Hospital for Medical Research and at the Sloan-Kettering Institute and Memorial Hospital. A tall, elegant redhead, she dressed fashionably, attended Broadway shows, and enjoyed New York City during its 1950s heyday. In 1958 she married James Dillon, a mechanical engineer she had met during her nursing school days at a party in Hoboken, N.J.; the following year the couple moved to Swampscott, where they lived for more than 40 years. Lorraine was immersed in her daughters' lives, driving them to skating and dancing lessons, helping them with homework, leading Girl Scout trips, and taking them to campuses to start college. She was well-liked and respected in her tight-knit King Street community; young mothers gathered at her house after their children had gone to school, she helped organize and run block parties, and she dispensed advice to and resolved occasional disputes among neighbors. She and her husband exposed their daughters to culture and travel, bringing them to concerts at Boston's Symphony Hall and on trips to New York City, Florida and other locations. Among her favorite places was the family camp on New Hampshire's Lake Pawtuckaway, where over the years four generations congregated during the summer. Long before the term "work-life balance" was coined, Lorraine combined motherhood with working outside the home. For many years she was the Director of Nursing at Mount Pleasant Hospital in Lynn; she also worked at Union Hospital and the Phillips Manor Nursing Home in Lynn and at Devereux House in Marblehead. While juggling a job and family, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology from Lesley College in 1986. Lorraine had a thriving social life. During the 1960s and '70s she hosted lavish dinner parties that resembled scenes from Mad Men. For years she and a group of friends who dubbed themselves "Club" met monthly at each other's houses. She received and sent hundreds of Christmas cards every December. She took day trips to Foxwoods Resort Casino to play slot machines. After she and her husband moved to Salem in 2003, they continued to dine at local restaurants such as the Grapevine in Salem and the Blue Ox in Lynn. Lorraine loved being with her family and friends. She was actively involved in the raising of her eight grandchildren and spent hundreds of hours babysitting and reading to them. She combined her generosity with a talent for buying just the right gift for someone, and often surprised people with a present for no particular reason. She especially looked forward to every Christmas Eve, when her children and their families gathered at her home. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James Dillon of Salem; her daughters Edie (and Joe) Thompson of Raleigh, N.C., Peggy Dillon of Gloucester, Katie (and John) Noonan of Wakefield, and Julie (and Doug) Taggart of Tewksbury; her grandchildren Katie Kondylas, Sarah Thompson, James and Lizzie Taggart, and Dan, Mike and Lydia Noonan; great-grandchildren Dillon and Addie Kondylas; and five nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her sisters Mae Staump and Dorothy Glanfield, and her granddaughter Molly Thompson. Her wake will be held at the Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home, 67 Ocean Street (Rt1A) in LYNN, Mass., on Friday, November 23 from 4-8 p.m. Her funeral will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, November 24 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Swampscott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, Mass., 02115. Directions and guestbook www.solimine.com

Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 19, 2012
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