Annie M. Foley, age 81

of Braintree

Annie M. Foley, age 81

Annie M. (McDonnell) Foley, age 81, of Braintree, died peacefully, Wednesday, August 25, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Annie was born in Tonroe Mill, Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon, Ireland, to the late Michael and Kathleen (O’Grady) McDonnell. She was raised and educated there, and completed nursing school at the Calderstones Hospital in Lancashire, England. In 1964, at the age of twenty-four, she immigrated to the United States, first settling in White Plains, N.Y.

She had lived in Braintree for the past forty-three years, previously in Quincy for several years.

As a young woman, Annie worked for the Gillette Company. She was primarily a homemaker who was devoted to her family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Annie was a former member of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton. A creative person, she was talented at sewing and knitting, and also enjoyed cooking and baking. She enjoyed traveling to Ireland to visit relatives and friends. Annie often remarked, “Life is my favorite adventure.”

Beloved wife for fifty-two years of Maurice J. Foley.

Devoted mother of Thomas Foley, former Deputy Sheriff, Norfolk County, Michael Foley, Q.P.D. and his wife Jennifer, and Paul Foley, Q.P.D.

Loving grandmother of Aaleeah, Ashton, Patrick, Bridget, Colin, and Ryan.

One of seven siblings, she was the dear sister of Michael McDonnell, Sean McDonnell, Thomas McDonnell, Catherine Finnegan, Mary Frances McDonnell, and the late Eamonn McDonnell. Annie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, August 30, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m. Annie’s interment at Blue Hill Cemetery will take place privately at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Annie’s memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036 or


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  • To the Foley Family. Sorry for your loss of Anne. We are very sad to hear of her passing. Anne was such a lovely and caring woman and we were so lucky to have her as a neighbor on Addison Street.

    May she rest in peace
    Siobhan Mike Spillane

  • I have nothing but fond memories of Anne Foley…A classy lady…I’ve missed you all, so sorry love frank Kelly.

  • Anne was the most loving, caring, kind and sweetest lady we have ever had the pleasure to know. We will always have Anne in our hearts and forever cherish the wonderful memories. Lots of love the McDonnells from Birmingham