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Mary E. Farley

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend;
 Mary E. (Donnelly) Farley, 88, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died peacefully Thursday morning at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell with her loving family by her side.
She was the wife of the late Leo J. Farley, former mayor of Lowell, who died in 1984.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 12, 1928, the daughter of the late Joseph F. and the late Josephine H. (Connelly) Donnelly, she attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1945. She went on to graduate from Burdett Junior College in Boston.
 Mrs. Farley held various professional positions, most memorably that of medical secretary for Dr. Roger and Dr. Lilly in the Pathology Department at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital.
 An avid reader and talented artist, Mary loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family will never forget her home-cooked meals.  She also loved to maintain volumes of family photo albums while adding her creative touches.
 She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Monaghan, and her husband Brian of Lowell. Three sons, Leo J. Farley, III and his wife, Jean, of Braintree, Michael F. Farley and his wife Marguerite of Lowell and James G. Farley and his partner, Jessica Costantino of Milton. Eight granddaughters: Maghan Monaghan Hickok of Lowell, Jennifer (Monaghan Forever) Broderick of Lowell, Katie Monaghan Crowder of Groveland, Kristin Farley of Lowell, Lisa Shepard of Lowell, Emily McGovern of Dorchester, Sarah Farley of Dorchester and Mary Farley of Lowell; two grandsons Brian Leo Monaghan and Michael Farley, Jr. both of Lowell, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
 She was the sister of Judith Larocque of Lowell, and the late Kathleen F. Donnelly, R.N.
Her family will remember her incomparable resilience, her pride in her family, her appreciation for tradition, and her desire to live life on her own terms. 
 The members of the Farley family would also like to thank the staff at D’Youville Senior Care Center in the Belvidere Lane unit for excellent and compassionate end of life care.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Boys and Girls Club at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.       
Condolences (7)
  • ck
    I am so sorry to read of your tragic loss. May you all find comfort in family and friends at this most difficult time. The Bible gives hope that soon our Creator Jehovah God will end all suffering, sickness, pain and even death, and we have hope of being reunied with our loved ones who have passed away (Revelation 21:4 and John 5:28,29)
  • Alice Hildreth
    She left us with good memories. Love Aliced
  • Kevin Murray
    Thoughts and prayers with you all during this difficult time
  • Raymond and Shirlene McGrath  - A graet loss to your family
    " Que Deus tomar e bendi-lo por por toda a eternidada" (Galic) "May god take and bless you for eternity" rest in peace.
  • Kevin Murray
    My thoughts and prayers with you all during this difficult time
  • The Ortiz Family
    We are so sorry for your loss Maghan, and wanted to share Ireland Calling's Poem: Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved still missed and very dear.
  • Larry and Darlene Martin
    So sorry for the loss of your grandmother, she was an amazing person and I know she will be looking down on you and your family
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