Betty (Palmer) Dugan, age 85

of Quincy

Betty (Palmer) Dugan, age 85

Betty (Palmer) Dugan, age 85, of Quincy, died at home, Saturday, September 7, 2019, with family at her side.

She was born at home in South Boston, to the late Potter C. and Susan E. (Moore) Palmer, on December 22, 1933, and spent her childhood in South Boston.

Betty graduated in 1951 from South Boston High School, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Joseph A. Dugan. They married in Boston on September 14, 1952, and later moved to Weymouth, where they raised a family of eight children in an active and vibrant neighborhood.

Together with her husband, Betty was a dedicated parent who fought for better public education for all children. She served as an elected Weymouth Town Meeting Member and was a candidate for the Weymouth School Committee. Betty was an avid conversationalist about everything from politics and news to history, movies, music, food and cooking, sports, weather, family, and friendships.

Later in life, Betty re-committed to her own education by earning a degree from Quincy College and by continuing her formal learning with classes at UMass’s OLLI program for seniors. In retirement, Betty and her husband traveled to Europe—including Russia, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, and Ireland—and traveled North America in their camper to visit some remote places and enjoy the peace of nature and each other.

Betty was pre-deceased by her husband, Joe, and granddaughter, Baby Rose. She is survived by her eight children (Joseph, Mary, Paul, Elizabeth, William, John, David, and Robert) and their spouses, twelve grandchildren, one great-grandson, scores of nieces and nephews, and many friends. She was pre-deceased by two brothers—Potter Palmer and Robert Palmer—and leaves one brother, William Palmer of Arizona.

Burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne took place privately. A Celebration of Betty’s Life will be held on Friday, September 20, at 11 a.m. at Granite Links Golf Club, 100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Victory Programs—which opens doors to recovery, hope, and community for individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction, or other chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS—by visiting their website Or, consider a donation to St. Francis House, the largest day shelter in Massachusetts, by visiting their website


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  • Aunt Bette was a terrific, vibrant and caring lady. She was always a wonderful friend to my mother and father. Best memory was her raising money at a golf hole that I ran for SHS music department, no one could resist her charm and wit! She is now with Uncle Joe and the rest of the family….my prayers will be for all of you.
    Deb Kenney

  • Very sad news; Mama Dugan was one of my last links to my own mother; she was her pupil at the Gavin School in South Boston in the 1940s. My daughters and I shall cherish our memories of our good times at Spring Training together. I am so lucky to have sat with her at lunch last Spring. I will send a check to St. Francis House and will be there on 20 Sept. – lsd

  • i have not met you personally but i know i would have liked you if i did. thanks for birthing and raising dave. rest now. gbu.

  • Love to mum rest peacefully.

  • So very sad to hear the news of your mom’s passing. While reading of this, in the corner of my memories, I can hear her voice, like a song from my childhood calling out her children’s name… May you find comfort and peace in your memories of her. XO

  • Betty I will miss you my other mother, friend and party sister, may you rest in peace with your love Joe.

  • God bless the Dugan family. I don’t know any of you personally, but Joe (Mr. Dugan) was my sixth grade teacher at the McCulloch School way back in 1964-65. He made a HUGE impression on me and some of his lessons have stayed with me throughout my life! He took me and a few other classmates to my first Red Sox game! (I think we were ‘teacher’s pets!) He was my favorite teacher! One reason was because he not only was a great teacher but because he spent a lot of time talking about his family. I am one of 7 and loved to hear about a family larger than mine. He also spoke about his beloved wife, your mom, many times… and his love always shone through…. may you find comfort in your cherished memories and please accept my condolences on your loss. Bonnie Devine

  • A great lady no doubt because she has such a wonderful son, reflecting her goodness. I am grateful to have him as my neighbor, Bill.

  • We have not had the privilege to know you. Yet, we admire you for the way your brought up your wonderful son William.
    Rest in peace,
    Jana and Tony

  • Elizabeth and Family,
    I’m saddened to hear the news about Betty passing. She was a special person. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this time. Fly high with Joe in Heaven . 💕

  • So sorry for your loss. Bob and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Know you are loved and embrace the comfort and surety knowing your Mom is at peace.

  • Elizabeth, I am so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. You and your whole family are in my thoughts. Please let me know if I can support you in any way.

  • Elizabeth,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing…may she rest in peace. I am thinking of you and your family. It sounds like she was someone to admire.
    Liz Harrington

  • What a lovely tribute to an impressive sounding woman. I am sorry I never met her but am so glad to know her son Bill. At every age it is hard to lose a mother – perhaps all the more so for one sounding as vibrant as yours Please accept my sympathy and condolences. Louise Wiener

  • To Elizabeth and Family,
    I am saddened by the loss of your mom. I only met her one time and I fell in love with her. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I pray Gods strength in you and your family.