Salem and Danvers — Marie (Bickford) Cranney, 88, died peacefully on Sunday, September 15, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, following a brief illness. She spent most of her life living on Buffum Street in Salem, raising six children, and working as a nurse at North Shore Children's Hospital.
Marie was born in Lynn, and graduated from Lynn English High School and the North Shore Children's Hospital School of Nursing.
In July 1950, she married James P. Cranney of Salem. Their marriage lasted nearly 50 years, until James' death in May 2000. They raised six children in Salem, and later moved to Damon Street in Danvers. She resided at Herrick House in Beverly for the past two years.
Marie's life was devoted to her family. She was a gentle source of love, compassion and support to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Their needs and interests always came first for Marie. Her selfless and caring nature characterized her life and will serve as a lasting legacy for those who knew her.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Lahey and husband, Stephen, of Farmington, Conn.; sons, Paul and wife, Denise, of Danvers, Brian and wife, Sheila, of Lee, N.H., Stephen and wife, Allison, of Dacula, Ga., and William and wife, Colleen, of Exton, Pa.; a sister, Barbara Rafuse of Framingham; and a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Cranney of Peabody. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael; by four brothers, Harry, Charlie, Howie, and Ralph Bickford; and by her mother, Helen Bickford.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, corer of North Street, Salem, on Saturday, September 21, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. James Church, 161 Federal Street, Salem, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Marie's memory can be made to Mass General for Children at North Shore, c/o North Shore Medical Center, Development Office, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.