In Loving Memory of


February 22, 1932 – March 30, 2020

After a courageous battle with cancer, Martha J. McLaughlin passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving children. Martha was born in Boston on February 22, 1932 and went on to marry the late John McLaughlin and they had 4 children; the late John Jr. “Jack”, son Timothy and two daughters, Dee and Val. She loved her family; her two sisters, the late Louise and Doris, sister-in-law, the late Ellie as well as her Brother, Sonny and her sister-in-law Renee’. Her grandchildren as well as her great grandchildren held a special place in her heart as did her many nieces and nephews. She loved her friends dearly and they knew it. She loved shopping a good bargain, playing cards, drinking Diet Pepsi and a good Chuck Norris movie. She loved people and so her career at Melrose Wakefield Hospital was never a job. It was never work, but a good place to share kindness and compassion that came so easily from her. She shared a great love for God and of walking with her faithful dog Bunny.

A celebration of Martha’s life will be hosted by family and friends when we can meet together again due to these unprecedented times we live in. Until then please send your condolences and share memories to the Boston Cremation on-line guest book.

In lieu of donations, Martha has asked that you give a smile to someone you see.


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32 Condolences

  1. Maureen Andrews on April 14, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I had the honor of working with Martha at Melrose-Wakefield. Martha had such love for each patient she cared for. She was always compassionate. Martha was also funny! We shared many laughs. The world has lost a wonderful woman!

  2. Derek on April 14, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    I’ll “watch over those babies”.

    Forever in our hearts.
    Love you, Martha Jane

  3. Norma on April 14, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Rest In Peace Aunt Martha ,
    I know you are playing cards with My Mom Doris, Nan and Eleanor ! I’m sure Jack is around too !!
    Love you ❤️

  4. Christine Haynes on April 14, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Martha, You were such a great person. I am blessed to have so many special memories of you. I remember one of the first times I shared a meal with you and the family. All was quiet, except for the humming, you were all quietly humming as you enjoyed the meal. I remember how much you all loved to scare each other. I was convinced someone was going to have a heart attack! You laughed and told me to lighten up! You raised some wonderful kids, and they and their families, as well as friends, will miss you sorely. I take solace in that you are no longer struggling and we have one more angel in Heaven. Till we meet again. Love you, Christine

  5. Timothy Martinson on April 14, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Gonna miss you Martha. Lots greats things say about the best mother in law.

  6. Becky Graves on April 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    A job well done! A life well lived! Now you are free and truly at home

  7. Richard Brito on April 14, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    The Light the shines the Brightest. Burns the Longest.

    You Truly Shined on everyone.
    I can still feel the heat of your wonderful Love.

    Even Today.

    See You in Heaven.

    Richard “Boo Boo” Brito

  8. Richard Brito on April 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    The Light the shines the Brightest. Burns the Longest.

    You Truly Shined on everyone.
    I can still feel the heat of your wonderful Love.

    Even Today

    Richard “Boo Boo” Brito

  9. Maureen McKenna Miller on April 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Dee, I am so very sorry to learn about your Moms passing away. I’m sure your being there with her this past year gave her great comfort . My sincere condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace.

  10. Linda Gillis on April 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Martha, I always thought of you as my other mother, with lots of great advice and words of encouragement! You will be missed!

  11. Theresa & Dana Schmitz on April 14, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Dear Martha,

    You are dearly loved both on earth, and in heaven! Hope you are dancing with Jesus now!!

  12. Susan Regan on April 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    What a great tribute!! I love the Chuck Norris movies, that is hysterical!
    Martha eminated love and kindness whereever she went. I remember being in The hospital once when i was young and seeing her fly by on the end of a cart of some kind leaving joy and laughter in her wake. That told me all i needed to know about what a light she was at work.
    I am so grateful to have been in regular contact with her over these past couple of years….she was another mother to me growing up…and she made me feel as special now as she did when I was a baby…
    Her courage, strength and ability to love amazed me…
    Sending love always…

  13. Gary and Melanie Swaim on April 14, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Dear Martha, Gary & I will miss you so very much. You were a wonderful Lady. Love you Gary and Melanie

  14. Maureen Strong on April 14, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Martha, “Nonnie”, I feel privileged to have been called friend by you.
    All our years working together and all the years after that have left me with wonderful memories.
    Over these last months of visiting with you through your illness, you showed the same love and strength that you always did. Your faith in God never wavered.
    You fought the good fight, you endured to the end.
    I will never forget you.

  15. Terry Kasprzak on April 14, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Dear Nonnie, I love you always! No words can ever describe you, Martha Jane Poopalala! In my heart, Tata.

  16. Paola on April 14, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Martha was always so positive and happy, I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and spend time with her. I am sure she is having a good time with God.

  17. The Caballero Family on April 14, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    We all love Martha with all our hearts. She was always positive, smiling, and playful. She had the spirit of God with her, and she was an amazing disciple and friend. She will be in our hearts forever. We all have great memories of her.

    We love you, Martha!

  18. Cheryl and Ritchie Bates on April 14, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Dee We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. She is watching over you and Christine. Love you you both..❤️ Cheryl and Ritchie

  19. Jessica on April 14, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Martha, you brought laughter and kindness into so many peoples lives. Incredibly honored I was able to spend time with you especially over this past Christmas. Rest in peace.

    Love you always,

  20. Carol Turner on April 14, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Val and Lacy, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. She was a wonderful person. I’ll also remember her smiling face and little doggy.
    She is now with God and some family.
    Rest in peace Martha.

  21. Guerlande on April 14, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Val, all my condolences to you and your family. It was nice knowing your mother, Martha. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Penny Graves on April 15, 2020 at 12:20 am

    RIP Martha Jane thank you for everything. Family she is at peace now and we will be too. She called me “roomie”. I called her mom. She was a fun rule breaker we had a blast. Love and peace Penny

  23. Ginni on April 15, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Very special lady, Dee, with a beautiful message. I’m sorry you and your family cannot give her a timely and well-deserved farewell celebration right now. You are being kept in my heart and I’m remembering all y’all in my prayers. The death of a mother one of the hardest to bear. I love you.

  24. Mitch and Diane on April 15, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Martha was loving, grateful, positive, and encouraging. She was always so much fun. So glad we were able to know her even for a few short years! We will miss her.

  25. Andrew McConnell on April 27, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Martha, We will miss you dearly. We will miss your zeal for life and positive and encouraging personality.

  26. John O’Riordan on April 28, 2020 at 12:45 am

    Memories of you always make me smile.

  27. Donna Lessard on May 4, 2020 at 9:49 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a such a sweet lady.
    We met walking our dogs and became friends.
    I will miss her dearly.

    Rest In Peace Martha. Until we meet again.

  28. Michael Parillo on May 5, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Rest in Peace Martha….Was great knowing you we had lots of good times over shadowed the bad times,,,,

  29. Valarie on June 26, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Dear Mom, Although it has only been just about three months, I miss you more and more everyday. I feel your love and presence around me a lot and still expect you to come walking thru my door any minute. I miss our trips to Kohl’s and Shaws but mostly miss hanging with you and being able to talk to you about anything and you always had the best advise. Nobody can make spaghetti and sauce like you or anything for that matter. You always had a very special way of loving, encouraging, and caring for all People. The world would be a much better place if We all would emulate you! I love you!!! To the moon and back again. You are a perfect girl!!! Forever in my heart!!!!

  30. Linda Abbott on June 26, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Auntie Martha will be missed by all who knew her. She was such a sweet soul and always threw in a laugh no matter what to pick up any conversation. She didn’t dwell on being sick, instead tried focusing on the positives! She was one hard working woman that you felt would live on forever. I’m glad I was able to spend time visiting with her and talking about everything❤️ She will be so missed but now with those gone before her, especially her beloved Jack! XO

  31. Diane Boucher on November 18, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Dear Martha, your beautiful and loving daughter Dee has joined her beautiful and loving Mom. I never that the pleasure of meeting you. But, I knew Dee. She was such a sweet and caring lady. Funny as all get out! I know that you both are hugging each other in Heaven. <3 God Bless and Rest In Peace <3 My beloved sister Pauline passed on Friday March 13th, 2020 of cancer, just days before you. Life is way too short on earth. But, eternal in Heaven.

  32. Joanne Sinclair on March 24, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve been thinking of your Mom so much as the one year anniversary of her passing approaches soon because the world isn’t the same with out her kindness, love and laughter.
    She finished the race and her suffering has ceased so for that we rejoice. I am a better person for knowing her and cherish the memories and conversations we shared.

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