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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
Dolores (Martin) Arruda

Dolores (Martin) Arruda

Monday, April 15th, 2019
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It is with great sadness that the family of Dolores Arruda announces her passing at the age of 87, on April 15, 2019 at Bedford Falls Assisted Living Community in Bedford, NH.

Dolores was born on September 29, 1931 in Fall River, Massachusetts. She was the valedictorian of her class at Durfee High and went on to secretarial school. It was in Fall River that Dolores met her husband, John Arruda, a soldier returning from service overseas. On September 2, 1957 the two were married and spent many happy years together until John’s passing in 1996. Dolores and John had several homes but settled in Acton, Massachusetts where she remained for many years. While in Acton, Dolores worked for Minuteman Vocational High School, a skilled bookkeeper, she also helped students choose courses, order books and assisted teachers with whatever challenges arose in their day. Though Acton always remained near and dear to her heart, Dolores began a new chapter in her life when she moved, in 2013, to Amherst, New Hampshire to be closer to her family.

The greatest happiness for Dolores was gathering together her growing family. The mother of three, grandmother to five and great grandmother to two, loved nothing more than seeing all of her loved ones seated around a holiday table. Her skill at making her home warm, festive and beautiful at Christmastime was truly remarkable. She loved to garden, quilt, knit and bake. An avid traveler, Dolores saw the world touring Europe with John and later, with many trips abroad with family and friends. A long time member of the Acton Women’s club, she loved volunteering and joining the ladies for interesting outings to local museums, art galleries restaurants and shops.

Dolores leaves behind her three children, Gary Arruda, Christopher Arruda and Melanie Guest, her grandchildren Valerie Arruda, Jessica Adamyk, Michele Deris, Daniele Guest and Adam Guest, her two great granddaughters Lydia and Marilyn Deris and her brother, Raul Martin.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 22nd at 10:00 A.M. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington Street, Acton, with burial following in Woodlawn Cemetery, Concord Road, Acton Center.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Massachusetts Easter Seals Society where John served as a member of the board of directors, 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 or online at Memorial page
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  • Service

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 10:00am
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    89 Arlington Street
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Massachusetts Easter Seals Society where John served as a member of the board of directors, 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 or online at
    Rev. Jeffrey Archer
  • Interment

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 11:15am
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 11:15am
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    104 Concord Road
    Acton Center, MA 01720
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    immediately following mass
  • Reception

    Red Raven
    3 Nagog Park
    ACTON, MA 01719
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    Following the burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Dolores' family would like to invite everyone to join them for a light luncheon at 11:30am at the Red Raven Restaurant in Acton.


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Posted at 09:49am
My heartfelt condolences to the Arruda family. May God be your strength during this difficult time. (Psalm 18:6) I am truly sorry for your loss.
With deepest sympathy,

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