Nuala (Hussey) Donnellan, age 83

of Quincy

Nuala (Hussey) Donnellan, age 83

Nuala (Hussey) Donnellan, age 83, of Quincy, formerly of Watertown, died peacefully, Friday, September 4, 2020 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

With humility, grace and abiding Catholic faith, Nuala overcame many personal and medical challenges. She always welcomed family, friends, neighbors and strangers with a spirit of genuine warmth, generosity, and boundless positivity. Nuala loved to sit and chat over a cup of tea, and never shied away from sharing stories with anyone who would listen. She will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her.

Nuala was born in Ballinlough, County Roscommon, Ireland, to the late Robert and Winifred (Hussey) Hussey. She was raised and educated in County Roscommon. Nuala had lived in Quincy for the past twelve years, previously in Watertown for eighteen years.

As a young woman, she spent several years in London before immigrating to the United States in 1960. She was employed as a clerical worker for IBM Corporation and State Street Corporation. She went on to work as a home health aide for many years.

Nuala was a parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy. She enjoyed travelling, particularly to Ireland, to visit relatives and friends. She was devoted to her family, especially her nine grandchildren, actively supporting them at their sporting events and activities.

Beloved husband for fifty-eight years of Thomas F. Donnellan.

Devoted mother of Robert and his wife Cindy of Weymouth, Karen and her husband Carl Potts of Quincy, Maureen of Quincy, Brian and his wife Catherine of Middleton, and Kathleen and her husband Matthew Wright of Littleton.

Loving grandmother of Molly, Katie, Thomas, Maggie, Nicholas, Sophia, Theresa, Sarah, and Colin.

One of six siblings, Nuala is survived by her brothers, John Hussey of County Roscommon, Ireland and Christie Hussey and his wife Betty of Manchester, England. She was predeceased by Francis Hussey, Robert Hussey, and Josephine Igoe. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, September 9, from 5-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Thursday, September 10, at 10 a.m. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Nuala’s memory may be made to Maria Droste Counseling Services, 1354 Hancock Street, Suite 214, Quincy, MA 02169 or


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  • Tom, Karen and all the Donnellan family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, Nuala was such a sweet lady. May she Rest In Peace ❤️

  • To Tommie, Robert, Karen, Maureen, Brian and Kathleen and all the extended family. We wish to send our deepest condolences to you all at Nuala’ s passing.

    Nuala held a very special place in our hearts having known her from a very young age.

    May the angels protect her and heaven accept her.

    All our Love to you all. XX

  • To all the Donnellan family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Nuala our dear sister,
    May she rest in peace,
    Loving brothers,
    John, Christie, and sister in law Betty XXX

  • To Karen and family. It was a pleasure knowing your mom! She always entered the salon with a big smile and her conversations were always interesting and sweet She will be sadly missed and she was very loved! ❤️

  • Karen and her family. Your mom was always so bright and cheery! Every time she came in the salon she had a smile on her face. We’ve had some wonderful conversations. She will be sadly missed❤️

  • To Tommy and Family,

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news about the loss of dear Nuala.

    We have so many loving memories of times spent together.

    May God rest her soul.

    Loving nieces Sharon and Pauline XX

  • To all the Donnellan family sorry for you loss Rest In Peace Nula

  • We are sorry to hear of the death of Nuala condolences to her husband Tommie children Robert, Karen, Maureen, Brian, and Kathleen Nuala’s brothers John and Christy she will be dearly missed by our family and all her friends. May Nuala Rest In Peace

  • Our deepest sympathy to Tommie and family on the sad passing of Nuala
    May her gentle soul Rest in the arms of the almighty god

  • To Tommie, Robert, Karen, Maureen, Brian, Kathleen and her 9 adored Grandchildren,
    my thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this sad time of Nuala’s passing, I have many pleasant memories of dear Nuala she was an inspiration to us all. May God grant her eternal reward may she Rest in Peace.

    Mary Gormley Cousin and God Daughter

  • Dear Maureen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your Mother. God Bless, Love Ann Marie & Danny Mastrogiacomo

  • To Tommie and Family, John and Christie
    We are very sorry to learn of Nuala’s death. May she rest in the arms of the Lord. A lovely lady who will be missed in her native place.
    Maureen obo the Griffin family, Ballinlough, Ireland (relatives).

  • Sorry to hear of Nuala’s passing. Such a beautiful strong woman, funny in her own way, always enjoyed seeing her. Sympathies to her family,

  • To the Donnellan family. Sending you all my sincere condolences. I will miss Nuala greatly. She was a wonderful friend. Alex and I will keep you all in our prayers.

  • To Karen ,Carl ,Thomas ,Maggie and family
    No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts.

  • Catherine, Brian, Nicholas and Sophia,

    We are so sorry to hear about Nuala. She was such a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • To the Donnellan and Hussey Family.

    Our sincere sympathy to you all on Nuala’s death.
    May she Rest in Peace.

  • Much love to you all as you celebrate Nuala’s life. We are holding you all very close and in our prayers. The Delaney family

  • To all the Donnellans

    We will miss Aunt Nuala very much, but we are thankful for all the happy memories.

    May she rest in peace.

    With Love
    Nuala, Luke, Emma, Hannnah and James

  • To the Donnellan family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.
    Your mother was such a caring, compassionate, gifted person taking care of the sick. Her wonderful happy personality and beautiful smile is how I remember your mother.
    When she lived in Watertown, she lived behind my parents and when our mother became sick with Alzheimer’s, she took care of our her.
    I will always be grateful for her loving kindness she gave our mother. My Dad was very fortunate to have your mother right behind our home to take care of his wife.
    We will always be grateful to your mother.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    Karen (Caporiccio) Vailliant

  • We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother Karen, deepest sympathy to you and all the Donnellan family from all the Morans in County Mayo