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Rita M. Quigley

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, 90
  Rita M. (Walsh) Quigley, 90, matriarch of a large and well-known Lowell family, died Sunday, February 28th at Willow Manor in Lowell with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of 61 years to the late Christopher P. Quigley who died October 22, 2011.
   Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 12, 1925, the daughter of the late Edward J. and the late Annie (McNulty) Walsh, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1943. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from the former Lowell Commercial College.
   Among her many activities Rita loved the beach, traveling to Florida, going on cruises and solving various types of puzzles. She was also an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots.
However, her family was most important to her and she treasured her family get-togethers, especially during all the holidays with Christmas being her favorite of all.
 Rita is survived by nine children including her daughter Rita M. Cerroni and her husband Anthony of Parrish, FL; her sons Christopher P. Quigley of Endicott, NY, John E. Quigley and his wife Deborah of Lowell, Kenneth J. Quigley and his wife Mary Ellen of Lowell, David M. Quigley and his fiancée Chau Nguyen of Lowell, Richard J. Quigley and his wife Cynthia of Raynham, MA, Steven F. Quigley and his wife Karen of Kennebunkport, ME, Vincent P. Quigley and his wife Jean of Chelmsford, MA and Paul A. Quigley of Lowell; twenty-eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother Edward J. Walsh of Dracut, MA; a sister-in-law Elizabeth Blais of Saugus, MA; two cousins Marlene Johnston and her husband Charles of West Palm Beach, FL and James Walsh and his wife Linda Sue of Hudson, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also predeceased by her young daughter Annemarie Quigley.
 Rita’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at D’Youville Advanced Therapy and Lowell General Hospital for the outstanding care, compassion and comfort they extended to her while in their care.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 11:00 o’clock.  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to
https://www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/HP/support/#markquigley or by mail to Best Buddies Challenge, Attn: HP Donation, 100 Southeast Second St, Miami, FL 33031 and include a note stating donation be applied to Team Mark’s Buddies in memory of Rita Quigley. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866)458-8768.
Condolences (10)
  • Cousin Barb Jean & Jim Sherman  - Dear Rita,
    So very sorry to see on FB that your Mom passed away recently. I did not know that. Sending you our condolences.
  • John Zanini
    Vin and family - I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I am also sorry that I am not local to pay my respects, but I will be thinking of you. Peace and strength to all during this time.
  • Jerry Durkin  - With Sympathy
    I am very sorry to hear about your mom. I am away for the weekend, but I wanted you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Jeff Lambert  - My Prayers are with you all
    Dave,Ken and all Sorry for your loss!
  • John M Jeffers
    David I was sorry to hear about your Mom.
  • diane dalessandro  - with love and sympathy
    Rita, Chris, John, Kenny, David, Rich, Steven, Vinny, Paul and families, Our thoughts are with you all at this sad and difficult time. Aunt Rita was one of the gentlest people I've ever known. I have memories of going to your house as a kid and between all of you and all of us and my loud dad and your loud dad and all the laughing and running around outside, I would sometimes just want to be near your mother because it felt so peaceful in her presence. I know you will all miss her, she was an amazing woman. I will miss her, too.
  • Michael McGuire  - My deepest condolences
    I met Mrs Quigley only once when her son and I visited on our way to pick up a load of potatoes. She and her husband graciously shared their home to me and provided a brief respite memories which I will have always.
  • Billy Sheehan
    Eddie, i am sorry for your loss--Growing up i remember all the Walsh;s Playing in my aunt Clara Walsh florist shop. my sorrow to the entire Walsh family
  • Judy & John Minton  - In our thoughts.
    John, Debbie, and Quigley Family, We were so saddened to hear of the loss of you Mom. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We will have your Mom remembered in prayers and a Mass said in her name. Love, John and Judy
  • Tarsha Marie  - David
    David My heart goes out to you for your loss I know your Mom meant the world to you she will always be in your heart
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