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“Remembering you fondly and with love. - Becky ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Becky - Brookline, MA - friend

“To the McDonough:Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Sincerely,Walter and Michael Sullivan ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Walter and Michael Sullivan - MA

“Always had so much fun at your home...I remember the little Scotish doggies in the porch and we would put Barbara in the dog house. She was a...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Molly Dolan - Tyngsboro, MA

“Joe,I'm very sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I know what a devoted son you were, which means she was a loving mother. Len and I send you...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Stephanie and Len Farber - CT

“to the Mcdonough FamilyI had the pleasure of meeting Helen at Mount Auburn hospital and she was truly a lovely lady.I am so sorry to hear of her...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Gerry and family, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayer. My heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Sincerely, Monique M. Packer ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Monique M. Packer - Ipswich, MA

“Barbara and family, my sincerest sympathy to you all. Words can never express the feeling of the loss of a loved one. Our parents will always be...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Ray Fournier - Lowell, MA

“I wish I had memories of Helen; I was unlucky enough never to have met her. Sometimes I think I have, Joe spoke of her so often and so vividly. Of...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Jen Just - CT, CT


Somerville – Mrs. Helen T. (Morley) McDonough, of Somerville, formerly of Waltham, died Monday, July 22, 2013 in Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge. She was 95.

Helen was born in Knock, County Mayo, Ireland, on April 24, 1918, a daughter of the late Edward "Ned" and Nora (McGuire) Morley. Her home village of Knock was the site of an apparition, in 1879, of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She lived in Waltham for most of her life before her move to Somerville a year ago.

She emigrated from Ireland in 1938 on the last boat to leave her homeland before the onset of World War II. After arriving in Boston she went to work for the late James Michael Curley and his wife, Gertrude, and their family of Jamaica Plain. Helen worked at the Curley home on the Jamaicaway for ten years. After her marriage she continued to work for the family for another ten years.

Helen always remained close to the Curley family and was eternally grateful for the kindness, care, consideration and generosity the former mayor of Boston, governor of Massachusetts and member of Congress and his family extended to her during her long association with them.

She also worked as a nurse's aide at Waltham Hospital for fourteen years until her retirement in 1984.

She was married to the late Joseph W. McDonough for forty-nine years until his death on January 13, 1997.

Prior to Joe's passing Helen cared for him at home for a number of years and after his death she devoted herself to helping Saint Luke Church in any way that she could. She was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Ladies Sodality.

Helen leaves her children, Joseph P. McDonough of Hamden, Connecticut, Gerald A. McDonough and his wife, Mary Ann Hart, of Cambridge, Barbara A. McDonough-Williamson and her husband, Paul Williamson, of Billerica and John E. McDonough and his wife, Janice Furlong, of Brookline; her step-daughter, Sandra Buck of Scotland; her grandchildren, Matthew, Molly, Kevin, Katherine, Devlin, Amy, Jax, and Thomas and many nieces and nephews.

She was also a sister of the late Joseph Morley, Austin Morley, Luke Morley, Delia Harden, Mary Byrne, Nora Spillane, Kathleen Morley, Edward Morley, Martin Morley, John Morley and Margaret Sullivan.

Family and friends will honor and remember Helen's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, July 28th, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Luke's Church, 132 Lexington Street, Belmont, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Luke Church, 132 Lexington Street, Belmont, MA 02478.