Catherine T. “Kay” (McLoughlin) McRudin, age 90

of Braintree

Catherine T. “Kay” (McLoughlin) McRudin, age 90

Catherine T. “Kay” (McLoughlin) McRudin, age 90 of Braintree, formerly of Norwell and Quincy, died peacefully, Monday, August 12, 2019 at Alliance Healthcare in Braintree, surrounded by her loving family.

Catherine was born in Waltham, to the late Martin and Kathleen (Walsh) McLoughlin. She was raised and educated in Dorchester and was a graduate of Saint Margaret High School. She had lived in Braintree for two years, Norwell for seventeen years and previously in Quincy for many years.

As a young woman, Kay had worked as a secretary for the Boston Edison Company. Later, she worked as a secretary for the Department of Social Services in Quincy for many years.

Kay was well known for her delicious Irish bread. She was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late John J. McRudin.

Devoted mother of Kathleen M. Hanlon and her husband Stephen of Mashpee, Theresa A. Palmer and her husband James of Norwell, Claire P. Ross and her husband Edward of Norwell, Jean E. Whyte and her husband Daniel of Braintree, and Patricia F. Terrell of Braintree.

Loving grandmother of twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

One of ten siblings, she was the dear sister of Nancy Bessette of Randolph, Patricia Gracia of Wilmington, Helen Orzuchowski of Manhattan, NY, Thomas McLoughlin of Quincy, Lil McLoughlin of Randolph and was pre-deceased by Mary McKay, Betty Svirsky, Joan McLoughlin, and Josie Hughes.

Kay is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Saturday, August 17th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Friday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Kay’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


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  • Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful Mother. May she Rest In Peace ❤️🙏

    Bill & Marguerite

  • Kay was a frequent companion with Betty and me on many wonderful trips and Kay made each and everyone of them special because she was there. She could strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere we travelled, she was so friendly and loving. We had more laughs at her cottage on the Cape; each visit was something to look forward to. And now she’s having fun again with all the family who have greeted her on her arrival in Heaven.

  • Kathy,

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. Know that she is a better place and there is no more suffering. We are thinking of you and pray for your peace and comfort. May the many cherished memories comfort you.

    Sue and Alton Robbins

  • Dear Mom,
    Thank you for all the memories! You were so strong and determined to raise your family in the best light especially after dad died. It is a testament to you the love that surrounds you and our family. You taught us to value life and not material things. You would always say, “Material things can always be replaced people can not.” We all learned so much from you! So many memories of a house full of laughter with Kay! She always had a warm smile and such a caring heart. It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye, but I know you are looking down from heaven with dad, your mom & dad, mother-in-law, father-in-law, your sisters, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws and smiling at the legacy you left behind.
    Mom until we meet again peace and love to you Amen.
    Love you forever your favorite daughter, Theresa. (Just kidding Kathy, Claire, Jean & Patty)

  • My memories of Aunt Kay go way back to their house in Quincy. I would sit upstairs with Kathy and Theresa (as we were closer in age) and listen to records. Groups like The Jackson 5, the Temptations, and the 5th Dimension were examples of the music we used to listen to. I also remember walking over to Almquist Florist which was pretty much right across the street from their house. I think spending time there fostered within me a love of landscaping as they kept the grounds there impeccable.

    How can we forget the many trips to the Cape and Dennisport thanks to the hospitality of Aunt Kay and Uncle John when he was still with us. We always felt welcome visiting the cottage on Quartermaster Row just off of Captain Chase Rd. I never got the impression that we were intruding on anyone as Aunt Kay always welcomed us with open arms. How about all of the skits we would come up with as all of the cousins seemed to participate. I loved those times and how can we ever repay Aunt Kay, Uncle John, and the gracious McRudin family for opening up their home to a bunch of crazy people?

    I do believe that Aunt Kay is in a better place. She was a wonderful woman as all of the McLoughlin ladies and gentleman (Uncle Tom) certainly are. My fellow cousins, we are very lucky to be part of a loving family that started long ago with Kathleen and Martin. They certainly set great examples for all of us when it comes to our own families.

    God bless Aunt Kay and God bless the McRudin family.

  • Nana Kay even though we grew apart over the past few years. The fond memories of growing up with you in my life are something I’ll never live to forget. You were always there for us all no matter what you may have had going on in your life. I remember all the summers at the cottage and all the holidays were spent as one big happy family on Conrad street. The most important thing in life i learned from you was that no matter what you have in life that family always comes first and everything is replaceable but people.. You were a Very strong woman with a Heart of Gold.. ( Must of been that Irish in you..) My only wish is that I had the chance to tell you Thank you for being there and doing everything you did for me Growing up before you left us. I know your not in pain anymore and that you are Finally with Grampa John once again.. I’ll end this with until me meet again Nana. Love You and you’ll always be in my prayers. Goodbye Nana Kay… Love Little Markie.. xoxoxo

  • Aunt Kay was such a beautiful person inside & out. Always loving & welcoming with a great sense of humor. I had so many fun times visiting your house in Quincy when I was younger and of course our family vacations down the cottage were some of my favorite childhood memories ever. We are so lucky & blessed to have such a close-knit extended family. We are sad to say goodbye to such a special part of our family, but glad you can now rest in peace & be back with Uncle John, your sisters & all our family members who beat you to heaven. God Bless You Aunt Kay and your daughters too! You will always be loved and never forgotten! XOXO

  • Mom I am going to miss so much. I am so lucky to have been blessed to have you for my mom. You were a very special person with a heart of gold. You always put your family first, especially your daughters. We always knew you were there for us no matter what. Everyone who met you instantly liked you. You were genuine, sincere, and really cared about people. Thank you for so many happy memories throughout my life. Say hi to dad. With all my love

  • Nana Kay, I am going to miss you so much. I’m so lucky I got to grow up in the same house as you, and you were the best grandmother I could have asked for. Thank you for always playing cards with me, letting me use your china for my tea parties, and for knitting me sweaters. Hope you’re laughing with all your friends and family up there, love you.

  • Dear Kathy and family, You were so lucky to have a spunky, beautiful, loving mother in your life. I have so many memories of Cape Cod times, great conversations, funny folk lore and Irish Wisdom! Your mom was special❤️. Love to you all. Kathy and Bill Aspden

  • Today’s Eulogy

    I want to thank everyone for coming today to help us celebrate our mom‘s life.
    If you were fortunate enough to have the pleasure of coming across my mothers path then you were fortunate enough to feel the presence of true love. She had a heart of gold and always a kind word for everyone.
    She was definitely a special person, a child of God which was evident by the way her soul shined through her eyes and touched the lives of so many others. I have a few quick stories from my sisters, although we have many we don’t have time to go through them all.

    My sister Theresa’s daughters
    Emily and Sarah still talk about being down the cape .nana came home with the left side of her clothes all wet! They asked nana why are your clothes wet? She laughed And said I went to the car wash and forgot my window was down….😂

    My sister jean remembers
    mom every Saturday morning cleaning the house to the rocking tunes of none other then Roger Whitaker!!

    Summers on the cape she would march herself
    to the beach ,white zinc on her nose and floppy hat .She would bring us lunch .my sisters and I would be swimming out past the bouys . she would always turn to dad and yell John, are you watching the girls?

    The kind side of her , always looking out for others, she would buy diapers and clothes for families in need. while raising five girls on her own.
    My sister patty remembers
    when mom bought her 3 pairs of gogo boots .they were only 3 dollars a pair. She bought size 11 .
    Patty wore a size 8. Before patty could finish questioning her on the size mom said “oh patty just stuff some socks in them”
    My kids Remember
    “AMC, tea, Irish bread and one of her furry house coats” nanas perfect evening in the house…
    Another fond memory is
    How she would fall asleep in the middle of anything. In the midst of a big party, singing , carrying on look to your left and there’s nana Kay sound asleep on the couch. Head bobbing snoring and smiling away. we’d all say “Nana go to bed, you don’t have to stay up” she’d say “Oh I’m not sleeping, I’m just resting my eyes” . she never wanted to be the first one to leave the room. no matter how loud it was she was always at peace just being around the ones that she loves.

    Mom you will always be in our hearts. God gave us a precious gift when he gave us you. I only hope I’m half the Woman that you were.
    Thank you for teaching us how to treat others kindly, lovingly and in a non-judgmental way.
    May you rest in peace Mom forever in our hearts. You will always be our Mother and forever our Angel. 😇