Dorothy Roads

September 22, 1930October 10, 2021

MARBLEHEAD – Dorothy Margaret (Murray) Roads, age 91, of Marblehead, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at North Shore Medical Center – Salem Hospital. Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Daniel W. Roads, Sr. with whom she shared 49 years of marriage.

Born in Cambridge, MA, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Hugh Murray and Blanche (Zdanowski). She was the devoted mother of Daniel W. Roads, Jr. of Marblehead, Emerson Roads of Marblehead and Hugh Roads of Marblehead, the cherished grandmother of Ryan D. Roads, Thomas H. Roads and the late Emerson and Emily Roads; and the dear sister of the late Blanche Mulrenan and the late Patricia Gentile. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy graduated from Burlington High School with the class of 1948. She worked as a Bookkeeper for the Vocational High School in Beverly for many years until her retirement.

Dorothy loved Marblehead, proudly showing off its beaches and hidden secrets to everyone she could. She was a known local painter, lover of the arts, warrior of social injustice, and of course made the most amazing fish chowder around.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 22nd at 12:30 p.m. at Waterside Cemetery, 294 West Shore Drive, Marblehead. Those wishing to attend the service will gather inside the main gate of the cemetery at 12:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s memory to Northeast Arc. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Roads family.


  • Gather at Main Gate -Waterside Cemetery

    Friday, October 22, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 22, 2021


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Kari Roads

October 21, 2021

Dorothy was an amazing person. When Ryan was little, she helped me with him. She took him for walks all around Marblehead and told him stories that she would make up. We used to all go to the Marblehead Arts festival together and she always showed such an appreciation for the arts. She will be missed.

Paula Gentile

October 16, 2021

My dear Aunt,
You loved Marblehead so much, you brought it to life with a huge smile! Thank you for your kindness, painting tips, and caring ways. You were one of my biggest supporters. I’m praying the heavens are full of so much more color because of you.
Laugh and love again with your sisters… my mom Patricia and auntie Blanche.
You are missed.