Of Everett. Passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on September 17, 2022, at age 78. Loving daughter of the late Gennaro F. DeFeo and Asunta N. (Solimine). Beloved wife of the late Luther Dean Gurley. Loving mother of Rhonda Jean Gurley and Luther “Dean” Gurley. Loving sister of Robert DeFeo and his wife Dale, and the late Lorraine Archibald. Cherished aunt of John Archibald Jr. and his wife Desiree Zicko, Maria Burke and her husband Patrick. Devoted great-aunt of Meaghan Lorraine, Colin Patrick, Tucker Scott and Luke John Burke. She was like a second mother to many.
Dorothy graduated from Somerville High School in 1961 where she made lifelong friends. She enjoyed her time with her Everett friends of many years and their extended families. Dottie dedicated her career to mental health organizations in the infant and toddler divisions in her community— Tri-City, The Guidance Center, and Riverside. For more than 20 years Dottie enjoyed working alongside her daughter.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a visitation hour at the Immaculate Conception Church, 489 Broadway, Everett, on Friday September 23rd, at 9:00am. A Funeral Mass will be held following the visitation hour at 10:00am. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to her beloved St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital @ www.stjude.org. For directions and online guestbook visit www.jfwardfuneralhome.com