Brenda M. (Morrell) Simone, age 62

of Quincy

Brenda M. (Morrell) Simone, age 62

Brenda M. (Morrell) Simone, age 62, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in the comfort of her home, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Brenda was born in Quincy and raised in the Houghs Neck section of Quincy. She was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1977. She earned a Certified Dental Assistant Certificate from Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 1978.

Brenda was employed for many years at Comfort Dental in Weymouth.

She enjoyed spending time with her son, Austin, tanning on Nantasket Beach, and spending time on her companion’s lobster boat, The Brenda M.

Beloved wife of the late Daniel McDonnell.

Devoted mother of Austin F. Simone of Quincy.

Cherished daughter of Margaret A. (Hannifin) Leaman and her husband Ronald, John Morrell and his wife Ellen, all of Quincy.

Devoted partner for sixteen years of Kevin M. Keohan of Milton.

Dear sister of Catherine Rudolph and her husband Chesley of Fla., Sandra Morrell of Quincy, and predeceased by John Morrell, Jr. and Margaret F. “Peggy” Morrell. Step-sister of Michele Hart and her husband Jack of South Boston, and the late Nicole Presente.

Brenda is survived by special family member, Margaret Sullivan of Cohasset.

Loving aunt of Dylan Rudolph, M.D. of Fla., Casey and Morgan Perry of Quincy.

Former wife of Richard Simone of Quincy.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, November 30, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea Street, Quincy, on Tuesday, December 1, at 10 a.m. Due to current restrictions, there is limited occupancy at the church. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Brenda’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088.


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  • My thoughts and prayers with Brenda, Austin, and the entire family. Brenda was an amazing person who I will never forget. I have the greatest childhood memories growing up around Brenda. She will never be forgotten.

  • To Austin and the Morrell family, I am so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing! Brenda was a sweetheart! My condolences to you all! May your Mom/sister rest in the sweetest peace.

  • So very sorry for your family’s heartache. Rest In Peace, Brenda…

  • I am so sorry. I’m sure going to miss her.

  • So very sorry for the loss of your mother Austin, praying for you and your family, deepest sympathies.

  • I am so sorry this happened to such a wonderful person…seems so unreal…Brenda has just always been part of my life….a true friend….lifelong friend. My prayers are for the family…all of you…peace & comfort…there are no words, I will pray

  • So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. She always had a smile on her face and that is what I will remember most. My thoughts to her entire family, especially Austin.

  • Brenda , you were always a bright light for us . May Gods perpetual light shine upon you , now . Love you , and miss you , Ana.

  • Very sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing, my condolences to the Morrell family. She was beautiful inside and out and will always hold a special place in my heart.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • My heart was broken when I opened the Quincy Sun at my parents house today! Brenda was just a beautiful soul inside and out! I feel terrible that was not able to be with her family at their time of grief! I knew her well up until the death of her husband Danny, that nearly killed her inside. She loved him deeply. I know she is happy to be reunited with him again! To the family and friends my heart goes out to you and Ifeel also feel her great loss. Heaven just got a beautiful soul! With a heavy heart until we meet again, God bless ,! The Westhaver Lacey family