Andover — Dorothy (McDonald) Sharry passed away on October 10, 2013. She lived a long life, rich with family and her faith. She and her loving husband of over 60 years, the late James J. Sharry Sr., enjoyed their home in Andover for more than four decades.
Dorothy was born and brought up in Cambridge and Somerville, Mass., and was the daughter of John and Mary McDonald. She was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers.
She married James when he was in the Army during WWII. They returned to Somerville and had three children, and several years later, moved to Stoneham, Mass., where their children attended school for many years, and then settled in Andover. Dorothy worked at the newly opened IRS in Andover, in the audit division, for several years and was quite proud of her work there.
She thoroughly enjoyed her home and swimming pool in Andover. Frequent family visits and many visits from her group of friends known as “The Club” from the Somerville area were always enjoyed. In their later years, Dorothy and James participated in many activities at the Andover Senior Center, and also at St. Augustine’s Parish and its senior activities. They managed to take many happy trips together to Hawaii, several to Florida, a gift trip to Ireland, a trip out to the West Coast, and a couple of cruises to the Caribbean.
Dorothy has a surviving daughter, Gayle S. Beauchesne wife of Stephen R., who lives in North Andover, and has two children, Justin and Allison; her son, the late James J. Sharry, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Topsfield, Mass., and their three children, Meghan, Michael and Kevin; and her daughter, the late Kathleen S. Ligon; and her son, Jamie; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Prescott House in North Andover for providing Dorothy with tender care and compassion in her final days. Also, heartfelt thanks to all at Methuen Village who tended to Dorothy with grace and dignity over the last few years. She felt at home there and appreciated their company and support.
ARRANGEMENTS: There are no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 15, at 11 a.m., in St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover. Burial will be in St. Augustine Cemetery, Andover. Arrangements are by the Charles Dewhirst Andover Funeral Home, 33 Pearson Street, Andover. To send a condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com, or www.facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome.