Obituary of Mary Josphine Foley

MARY JOSEPHINE FOLEY - of Woburn, Jan. 5th at eighty - one years of age. Beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Burke) Foley. Loving sister of Joseph P. Foley, his partner, Malcolm Hamilton of Boston and the late Helen T. Foley. Devoted cousin of Theresa Walsh of Woburn and Mary McCafferty of Burlington. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, January 9th at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 8:45- 9:45 a.m. prior to Mass. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Mary J. Foley R.N., PhD, a life-long resident of the Hammond Square section of the City, died peacefully at her home early on Friday, January 5th, 2018.

Born in Woburn, Mary was the beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Burke) Foley. She was educated in Woburn, attended St. Charles elementary school and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1952 . A very bright and articulate young lady , Mary continued on with her education at Boston College School of Nursing. Receiving her Bachelorís and Masters Degrees from BC for Mary this was truly the beginning of Maryís life long passion, profession and of dedication to the world of health and medicine. Following BC Mary went off to a post-graduate program at New York University in Manhattan., where she had remained for a while. Academically, Mary was challenged with each and every course, paper and thesis she wrote. Truly Mary was a woman ahead of her years.

Mary taught at the College level over the years at Simmons, University of Buffalo, and the National League of Nursing in NYC and both Bunker Hill and Middlesex Colleges. She enjoyed teaching and with all of her learning and knowledge , she shared all those wonderful gifts amongst her students and colleagues.

After her retirement she and all throughout her life she remained actively involved Boston College and all itís comings and goings. She also was active here in Woburn on the Council on Aging always trying to reach out to others. At the Senior Center Mary had been a regular figure there joining in the discussions, games, programs, travels and all the many different learning adventures provided. One was never too old to learn!

Mary was proud of and truly loved her Irish Heritage. Mary had done quite a bit of study regarding Irish literature, familial history, along with the history of Ireland. Scrapbooking was of great interest to Mary where she was able to be creative in preserving her interests and family memories.

Mary surrounded herself with good, sincere and very close family friends, and that have remained in her life, all of her life and for that she was always so very grateful.

Mary is survived and will be sadly missed by her brother, Joseph P. Foley, his partner, Malcolm Hamilton of Boston; and her devoted cousins, Theresa Walsh of Woburn and Mary McCafferty of Burlington.

Mary was predeceased by her, Mom, Dad and sister, Helen T. Foley

A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, January 9th at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 8:45- 9:45 a.m. prior to Mass. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.