Marilyn J. (Sheehy) Cox, 77, of Andover, MA, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Born in Lawrence, MA, she was the daughter of the late John and Marion (Wholley) Sheehy.
Marilyn, who was also known as Lynee to her family and close friends, was raised in Lawrence.
She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1959 before getting her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Lowell State Teachers College in 1963. She then began teaching children in the Lawrence Public School district, which was her true passion. Lynee loved children and helping them discover their own strengths and skills. She taught children in grades 3 and 4 in Lawrence for 41 years before moving to Alexandria, Virginia. She taught third grade for one year in Prince William County, Virginia before retiring. Once retired, Lynee enjoyed traveling the world with her beloved sister Kathleen and brother-in-law Michael. Always a caretaker, she helped care for her sister after Kathleen became ill until her passing.
Lynee moved back to Andover six years ago to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with family, seeing her much-loved grandsons grow and hearing the sounds of their laughter. When she was able to get out, Lynee enjoyed shopping, dining out at restaurants and spending time at the beach.
Predeceased by her husband, William J. Cox, Jr; her brother, John Sheehy, and her sister Kathleen Wholley, Lynee is survived by her children, David Cox of Groveland, Alisha Doyle and her husband, Timothy, of Andover, and Aaron Cox and his girlfriend, Nicole Sammartino, of Amesbury; her grandsons, Ryan Cox, Brendan Doyle, and Robert Sammartino-Cox; her brother-in-law, Michael Wholley; her niece and nephews, Julee Sheehy, John Sheehy, III, Griffin Wholley, and Clayton Wholley.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of visiting hours at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, Lynee would have liked any remembrance of her to be through a donation to ALS One at www.alsone.org/donate or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate.