Wendy (Duxbury) Morin of Salisbury died on September 3rd, 2019 after a 21-month battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. This was not a fight she faced alone, and she was deeply touched by the hundreds of cards, calls, thoughtful gifts and visits from friends and family during her illness.
Wendy was born and raised in Lawrence and was educated in the Lawrence public schools. A proud graduate of Lawrence High School’s class of ‘72, she then attended Northeastern University, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Boston Bouve College in 1977. She worked for many years in not-for-profit organizations, including the YMCA where she held leadership positions in New Haven and then as a director of professional training in the Metro YMCA of Chicago. In her early forties, Wendy “retired” to become a full-time mom and part-time volunteer, where she excelled in both roles. For several years, she was the lead docent at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT, and more recently she continued her focus on volunteerism at The Pettengill House Food Pantry in Salisbury and at Habitat For Humanity’s Merrimack Valley ReStore in Lawrence. Wendy was also a proud breast cancer survivor and supported multiple charities focused on both research and patient care. She was a voracious reader of novels, often finishing 2 books per week, and was an earnest and patient gardener. And nothing would bring a tear to her eye faster than a human interest story demonstrating someone’s capacity for decency and compassion.
After a five year courtship that began in high school, Wendy Duxbury married Michael Morin, with whom she enjoyed a 41 year marriage - one that was full of love and laughter, many successes and very few setbacks. Together they enjoyed hundreds of informal beach gatherings with friends and family, and also world travel, including recent adventures in Spain, the Caribbean, Iceland and the British Isles. However, their greatest source of joy and pride, by far, was their daughter Jaime, who became the focus and true light of Wendy’s life.
Wendy was predeceased by her parents James and Gloria (Sutcliffe) Duxbury and their infant daughter, Mary. She is survived by her husband Michael, daughter Jaime and her husband Joshua Frye of Indianapolis, sister Cheryl Gaudette of Lawrence, and 12 nieces and nephews - each of whom was cherished by their Auntie Wendy.
Hers was a life fully lived, deeply loved, and ending far too soon. Visitation and a brief memorial service will be held Friday, September 6th, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm at the Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a small donation in Wendy’s name to Pettengill House Food Pantry (www.pettengillhouse.org/food_pantry.aspx) or Habitat For Humanity Merrimack Valley ReStore (www.mvrestore.org/). To visit Wendy's tribute page, please visit www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com
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