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Joan M. (Mansfield) Dougherty

May 4, 1935 ~ July 30, 2020 (age 85)

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                                      “Spread your tiny wings and fly away”  “I fine”

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, Joan Dougherty passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 85 surrounded by her husband and family. Joan was the loving wife of Frederick J. Dougherty with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.  In addition to her husband Joan is survived by four children, Charlotte Inman of Middleton, Frederick Dougherty of Middleton, Theresa Kiley of Amesbury and Rachel Crosscup of Middleton, her sister Helen Carrick of New Hampshire, brother Dick Mansfield of Maine, brother Russell Mansfield of New Hampshire and brother Alfred Mansfield of Illinois, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Joan is predeceased by her daughter Laura Kachel. 

Joan is known for her generosity with her numerous gifts after many hours-long shopping sprees. Her greatest joy was her annual open house Christmas Eve gatherings where we all shared many laughs and shenanigans while enjoying the best of her home-made cooking. Joan was always there for those in need with her extremely gracious and giving nature.   Joan never missed a Bruins game, insisting on everyone eating a huge bowl of ice cream between periods. “Get it atta there”  

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