S. Kathleen Hines Print


retired Lowell school teacher;

S. Kathleen “Kay” (O’Malley) Hines, 96, of Westford, died unexpectedly on April 13 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua, N.H. She was the beloved wife of the late David K. Hines, Sr. of Lowell who died March 10, 2003.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 31, 1919, she was the only daughter of the late Dr. Joseph and the late Sadie (McDonnell) O’Malley and moved to Lowell as a young girl. She attended Lowell Public Schools and graduated from Lowell High in 1937. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Music from Lowell Teacher’s College (now UMass Lowell) in 1941. 

Before retiring, Kay was employed as a school teacher with the City of Lowell. She taught a wide variety of students, from third grade to Army soldiers (in WWII). She was also a principal in the Billerica School System. She dedicated most of her career to the Lowell school system, teaching at the Coburn and Varnum schools. Upon her retirement in 1990, she received honors from the city and the state. She was a long-standing member of the United Teachers Association of Lowell.   

When not teaching, Kay loved to sing, dance, play bingo, cheer for her grandsons at their sports events, and play with her daughter Dale's dog, Daisy. She was a long-time parishioner of St. Michael's Church in Lowell where she sang with their choir. She also loved the beach where she spent countless happy hours with her family and wonderful friends.   

Kay was the loving mother of David K. Hines, Jr. of Billerica, and Dale Kathleen Hines of Westford. She was the loving grandmother of Kevin, Sean, and Daniel Hines, all of Billerica. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Harold Hines and his wife Doris Hines of Nashua, N.H., and their four children Louise Hines-Ike, James Hines, Connie McCarthy and Daniel Hines. In addition, she is survived by Dale's boyfriend, Daniel Knowles, of Reading.   

Kay dedicated her life to her family, her deep faith in God and teaching. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA CHURCH in Westford at 9 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St, 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701. 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 (13)
  • Theresa Drago  - With sympathy
    Dave, my thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. What a wonderful long life to celebrate! As you transition through this time of loss, keep faith and hold her close in your memory. Fondly, Theresa
  • Susan Koumpouras  - Deepest Sympathy
    I remember having Mrs. Hines as a teacher in the 4th grade at Varnum School back in 1975-1976. She was a good teacher and I have fond memories. She also was my home room teacher and I still recall how she had our desks setup in the room. I can see it clearly in my mind. I am so sorry for your loss...
  • James Koumpouras  - Teacher.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You taught me so many lessons and I learned. Thank you. You were there every day and I learned. Thank you. You helped a fourth grade student advance to the next grade. Thank you. I read all my report cards now from my childhood and remember how each of you would guide us. Varnum School was such a good place to learn because people like you taught us. God Bless. Love, Jim Koumpouras
  • Cheryl  - Dave, Remember God's Promise
    It is only we who grieve in these moments, as our loved ones transition to an eternal life in the arms of our Lord. That doesn't make it any easier as we find ourselves wanting to pick up the phone or visit, only to remember the space in our lives that can never be filled. Take solace knowing your mom had a wonderfully long life, knew that her son loved her unconditionally, understood her, and was there for her always. No doubt she took pride in you, knowing that her hand and heart were instrumental in every accomplishment and every loving thing you've ever done, and ever will do. You are surrounded by people who love you, Dave... allow us to bring you strength during this difficult time, and through the days and months ahead as the grief ebbs and flows. Much love, Cheryl
  • Rodney Arndt  - Thoughts are with you
    Dave - If I were a musician and could write a song to speak to your heart I surely would. Condolences to you and your family. While this may be a time to grieve it can also be a time to look back and see we were blessed to have had someone we loved and cared about in our life. You and your family are in my prayers my friend. Your Pal Rodney
  • Keith Taylor  - With deep sympathy
    Dave and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm sure her students remember her well and smile at all she gave in her profession. God Bless. Keith Taylor
  • Kathy Larmand  - With our deepest sympathy
    Dear Dale and family, we were so blessed to know your Mom for so many years. She was a beautiful, kind woman with an incredible wit and zest for life. We pray the memories you hold in your hearts will keep your Mom with you forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kathy and Marc Larmand and family.
  • Chuck and Cathy Robbins  - Friends from Sunpoint
    Our prayers go out to Dale, Dave and the entire family. Just know that Kate's wit and humor will be missed here at Hampton. Nobody can tell a joke better than Mrs. Hines.
  • Cathy and Chuck  - Prayers from Sunpoint
    All of us at Sunpoint will miss Mrs Hines. We will miss her wit and humor. Nobody tells a joke like Mrs. Hines and never will/ Our prayers go out to Dale and Dave and family.
  • Manal El Tigi  - My sincerest confolences
    Dear Dale My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Your mom was a loving person who raised a wonderful person like you. Every time I look at the handmade wedding gift you both made fir me thirteen years ago I remember her fondly. May she rest in peace. Your loyal friend Manal
  • Manal El Tigi  - With warmest condolenced
    My dear friend Dale Your mom was very dear to me and a sweet heart. I remember when she made the lovely crafted money basket for my wedding. I still have it as a keepsake. I always enjoyed our phone calls with her when I called you long distance and she was so sweet. I pray for her peaceful rest and may you find the strength and comfort in knowing she raised a wonderful loving daughter in you. Your loyal friend Manal Syracuse NY April 2016
  • Ida Fitzgerald
    Dale, My deepest condolences to you and your family. May the wonderful memories that you have of your mom help in the days ahead. may Christ's peace and love comfort you . you are in my thought's and prayers .Ida Fitzgerald
  • Bob and Donna (Iarrobino) Donn  - With our deepest sympathy
    Dear Dave, Our hearts go out to you and your family on the loss of your mother. We hope that happy memories of good times past will carry you through the difficult days ahead. Your mother was blessed to have had you as her son, and she will remain in your heart forever. With our deepest sympathy, Donna & Bob
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