Marie E. (Enright) McPartlin, 79, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 22, with her family and devoted husband, Edward P. “Ed” McPartlin, of 55 years at her side. Marie was born on January 28, 1944 in Boston, Mass., to the late Anne (Mackie, Enright) Gustin and John R. Enright, and raised in Winchester. She lived in Reading, Mass., for most of her life, including most recently with her daughter, Judith “Judy” (McPartlin) McKinnon of Reading, and her family, who lovingly cared for Marie until the end.
Marie met Ed through her older brothers, the late John C. and Stephen L. Enright, who were friends of his in Winchester. They began dating and soon talked of marriage and children. The deal was sealed when Marie sent Ed a telegram that read, “Please be advised that your merger proposal is accepted.” In less than a year, they were married in 1968 at St. Mary’s Church in Winchester. The couple moved to their first home on Pilgrim Rd. in Reading in 1969. Ed carried the telegram in his wallet for many years.
Marie graduated from Winchester High School in 1961, and her original illustrations were featured throughout the class yearbook, the Aberjona, including the cover art. She received her degree from Massachusetts College of Art in 1965, and taught art for a few years at a high school in Dalton, Mass. She also provided original art for Rust Craft Greeting Cards in Dedham, MA, which at the time was the largest greeting card factory in the world.
On the birth of her son, Edward James “Jim” McPartlin of Brooklyn, NY, she redirected her time and attention to raising her family, which quickly grew to include her three daughters, Martha McPartlin of Medford, Mass., Elizabeth “Betsy” (McPartlin) Doucette of Amesbury, Mass., and Judy.
Before long, the two-bedroom cape on Pilgrim Rd. got too cozy for six people and the family moved to 385 Summer Ave. in Reading. As the children grew up, the house saw heavy foot traffic with crowds of the kids’ friends coming and going (and sometimes staying) at all hours. Not only was the door never locked, but few who lived there ever even laid eyes on a house key. Marie welcomed all visitors, and it wasn’t uncommon for her children to come home to find one of their friends sitting with Marie in the kitchen chatting away.
While raising her family, Marie painted prolifically over the years. Her primary medium was watercolor, and later in life she began working with oil on canvas as well. Nearly everyone who knew Marie can point to one of her pieces hanging in their home today. Giving her art away was just one example of her extreme generosity and the appreciation she had for her friends and family. Marie collected new friends throughout her life, including many at the Woburn apartment building in which she and Ed lived for almost 20 years (with a literal open-door policy for residents and visitors), and later at Benchmark Senior Living of Woburn.
Faith was extremely important to Marie. She was a devoted Christian, and a dedicated follower of Jesus. His teachings and guidance helped her see the beauty in the world around her and appreciate its expression in art, music, movies and food. Her living space was always filled with flowers and bold colors, and her “wallpaper” was composed of floor-to-ceiling photo collages of everyone she cared for. She wanted to be surrounded, in essence at least, with everyone she loved.
Nearly all her waking moments were spent listening to music. She enjoyed a wide range of genres—all that mattered was that the song touched her in some way. Pieces with a strong, deep bass line were irresistible to her. The louder the better was her musical philosophy and unsurprisingly she went through several sets of Beats by Dre headphones over the years. Coincidentally (or not?) a bombastic choir rendition of “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah was the soundtrack playing her as her soul transitioned from here to heaven.
In addition to her immediate family, “Nannie” will be terribly missed by grandchildren Kathryn “Katie” and Nolan McKinnon, and honorary grandson Aiden Walter of Fitchburg. Also mourning her loss are brother Paul Logan Enright of Prescott, Ariz., sister Christine A. (Enright) and husband John Snyder of Marlborough; sons-in-law William R. Marion of Medford, Jon A. Doucette of Amesbury and Colin L. McKinnon of Reading; 16 loving nieces and nephews; and many other cherished friends and family members.
Marie influenced generations of people in ways she didn’t even realize and will be dearly missed. Think of her when you hear a beautiful piece of music, appreciate a work of art, or see a flower in bloom.
A Visitation will be held at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main Street, Winchester on Thursday, September 28, from 3-7 pm. A service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 29, at 10 am, with Interment following at Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend