Mary P. (McDonnell) O’Malley, age 92

of Quincy

Mary P. (McDonnell) O’Malley, age 92

Mary P. (McDonnell) O’Malley, age 92, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland to the late James and Nora (Joyce) McDonnell. Raised and educated there, she immigrated to England at the age of seventeen. She attended secretarial school in London and worked as a secretary for nine years with the Lyle & Scott Company.

In 1955, Mary came to the United States, accompanied by her future husband, John. They were soon married in Boston and lived in Dorchester several years before moving to Quincy. She worked as a secretary in Boston prior to starting her family.

Mary was a dedicated homemaker and was well-known for baking the best Irish Bread. She enjoyed family gatherings and Sunday roast beef dinners. She also loved hosting family and guests visiting from overseas.

She enjoyed flowers and animals, especially dogs.

In her later years, Mary took pleasure in working as a home health aide, assisting seniors.

Most of all, Mary was devoted to her family and was proud of all their accomplishments.

Beloved wife for fifty-five years of the late John J. O’Malley.

Devoted mother of Patricia M. Picardi of Abington, Noreen T. McCarthy and her husband Kevin of Hingham, John J. O’Malley, Jr. of Quincy, and Austin K. O’Malley of Quincy.

Loving grandmother of Emily and Vincent Picardi, Kevin and Liam McCarthy, Jenna and Connor O’Malley.

The last of eight siblings, Mary was predeceased by James, Austin, John Joe, Nora Teresa, Paddy, Tom and Michael. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services will be private. A memorial celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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  • My prayers are with you and your family Patti .

  • Patti, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. All my love to you and your family! My prayers are with you all.

  • So sorry Patty and family for your great loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God Bless. Sending big hugs to all of you.

  • Hi Patty I am so sorry to hear about your mom my heart is with you prayers are with you I know exactly what you’re going through if you need anything I’m right here

  • Austin – I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  • Noreen
    So very hard to lose your Mom. Especially when she was such a wonderful mother . Remember the good times. Cherish your memories and share her love of family
    You all are blessed as she stands by your side

  • Dear Patti,
    So sorry for your loss. Your Mom is a beautiful woman. Sending deep-felt condolences to you and your family. ❤️
    Claire and Alan

  • So sorry for the loss of your Mom.
    Love, Lexie xo

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful mom. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you…

  • Noreen-so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing-she was a wonderful woman and a lot of fun

  • Hi Patty I am so sorry to hear about your mom if there’s anything I can do for you or your family please let me know my prayers and thoughts are with you and the whole family

  • Noreen sorry for the loss of your Mother celebrate her life not her loss

  • Beautiful obituary just like your mom. I loved her Irish bread that she would send over on St. Patrick’s day. Thinking of you all! You are in our Hearts and Prayers!

  • Our thoughts and prayers go to the sons and daughters of Mary. As a long time friend we know how much she loved you. Mary was a very pleasant lady. She is now safely home in the Hands of her God.

  • Sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a great lady. I had the fortune of her being my Godmother. She was kind and thoughtful. I’ll never forget her.

  • I am so very sorry Noreen. Your mom was a great lady. My prayers are for you. Xoxo

  • Patti, What beautiful memories you have of your mom and grandmother, she was always full of happiness, kindness and peace. I remember the times I would see her and your Dad at St Johns church. They would both always stop and take their time to talk, from them both I could feel peace and love. It’s these little things that keep us going and give us hope. My prayers are with you all at this sad time. I have no doubt that all her many wonderful qualities are within her children and grandchildren.

  • Mary was simply a wonderful and beautiful woman- God Bless her and our entire Clan.
    Love You Guys!

  • My Aunty Mary was every bit the lady my Grandmother expected us all to be.
    She was a kind, loving and generous woman with joy and soul.
    She was a fabulous role model and I am proud to have known her and be able to call her Aunty.
    May she rest in peace and may her family be comforted by the love they all so rightly deserve x