Marjorie Joan (Nicholson) Masse died April 15 in Billerica. She was 86.

Marjorie was the loving wife of Robert H. Masse of Lowell. They shared 33 years of marriage together.

She was born in Bradford Yorkshire, England on April 24, 1933, the daughter of Nellie (Ormerod) and Robert (Hoggan) Nicholson. Marjorie grew up in Bradford with her brother Keith during World War II. Her father served in the war and worked in the ironworks. Her mother Nellie worked in the local textile mill.

Marjorie came to the United States on April 5, 1959 at the age of 26 to become a nanny for the Crockett family in Weston. In 1960, Marjorie married Walter Macomber. They had four daughters together — Robin, Stacey, Lori and Tina — and raised their family in Chelmsford. Marjorie was a stay-at-home mom and a motherly figure to all the children in the neighborhood. No one could resist her home-made cooking. She worked a variety of jobs, but ultimately became a health aid for many years.

In 1980, Marji moved to Nashua, N.H., where she met Robert Masse. They were married on April 25, 1987. She became a step mom to Bob’s six grown children: Bob, Lisa, Debbie, Susan, David and Keith.

Marji and Bob moved to Edgartown in 1989. For 12 years they enjoyed hosting many visits from their family and friends. To most Islanders she was known as “Mummy.”

Marji loved the water and enjoyed swimming in her pool. She was an avid dog lover and treasured her time with Bud, Ziggy and Manti. Inspired by her daughter Stacey, Marji took up painting and it quickly became a passion of hers, especially landscapes of places she had visited.

After spending many winters in Florida, Marji and Bob moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla. in 2001. They enjoyed the warmer weather, but soon missed their families. They moved back to New England and settled in Billerica. Marji and Bob often went back to the Vineyard to spend time with family and friends.

Marjorie is survived by her husband Robert Masse; her children Robin, Stacey, Lori and Tina; stepchildren Bob, Lisa, Debbie, Susan, David and Keith; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and grand-nieces.

She is predeceased by her brother Keith Nicholson.

A service and celebration of life will be held at a future date. The family ask that donations help fund the research in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Visit