Denise was born on August 11, 1947 to Helen and John Barrett of Charlestown. Denise always prided herself on being a "tough Charlestown girl". She attended St. Mary's High School in Cambridge and graduated in 1965. Denise worked in Boston's financial district as an administrative assistant and later drove for Manomet Taxi in Plymouth. Denise's most important job was being a devoted mother.
The epitome of a life of service, Denise was a strong supporter in the Plymouth community of the backpack program, Lions Club, local Stroke Club, Nathan Hale Foundation, Plymouth Moose Lodge, and South Shore Community Action Council food pantry. Her hobbies and loves included gardening; baking; pickling; bird watching; crafting; watching the Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots; and taking day trips with her husband, Ed. From a young age, Denise loved spending vacation time in New Hampshire.
Denise will always be remembered for her fierce love. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and neighbor. She was the most selfless woman and would welcome anyone into her home or her embrace, no matter how briefly she knew them.
Denise is predeceased by the love of her life and her husband of 52 years, Edward, as well as her brother, Robert Barrett. She is survived by her son, Scott Gallagher, and his wife, Susan Kidwell, of Plymouth, as well as her daughter, Jill Davin, and her husband, Jimmy, also of Plymouth. Denise leaves behind her two cherished grandchildren, Grace and Luke Gallagher, both of Bourne. She is also survived by her brother, John Barrett, and his wife, Mary, of Portland, Maine, and her sister-in-law, Ann Barrett, of Weymouth, as well as several nieces and nephews. Denise will be sorely missed by her brother-in-law, Fran Gallagher, and his wife, Patty, of South Yarmouth. Denise's granddog, Sadie, will miss her Nan's snuggles. Her absence will be felt by her many friends, but most especially by her April Way family.
The family would like to thank the staff in the short-term rehab unit at the Hannah B.G. Shaw Home for their impeccable care of Denise and her family. A special thank you to Denise's angels, the ladies of Beacon Hospice: Kim, Jess, Sue, Vicki, and Lisa. Thank you, also, to the Cancer Center at BID Plymouth. A special thank you to Lynne Sullivan for her selfless care when Denise most needed it.
All those who would like to honor Denise's beautiful life are invited to attend a celebration of life to be held Sunday, March 12th, at 1pm at the Plymouth Moose Lodge, located at 601 State Road, Plymouth.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for all to consider donations to be made in Denise's memory to the Hannah B.G. Shaw Home or to the Friends of the Plymouth Pound on their respective websites. Most of all, they ask that you live by Denise's motto: "Different doesn't mean bad, it just means different".