BRAINTREE- Cathleen Mary Conley (Carney) of Braintree, 84 years of age, passed away suddenly and was surrounded by her family on Monday, August 22, 2022. She was born and raised in Cambridge, MA to Francis and Catherine Carney and summered in Hull, and graduated from Matignon High School in 1955. She graduated from Regis College with a BA in Journalism in 1959. She worked as a journalist during her career, including Editor-In-Chief of Braintree Forum, Weymouth News, and Holbrook Sun 1975-2010. She enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod and at Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. From 1974-2020, she swam at the Quincy YMCA M-F at 5 A.M.. Post-retirement Cathleen spent many happy hours walking her dog "little girl" at the Pond Meadow Park in Braintree. 2010-present, she worked as a healthcare aide and volunteered at Father Bill's, Braintree Food Pantry, Braintree Senior Center, and Meals on Wheels. Cathy was a huge Red Sox fan, and also loved the Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots. Her loving husband Dr. James L. Conley passed away in 2015, after 55 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother to Christopher Conley married to Gabrielle of Ridgefield, CT; Greg Conley of Belmont, James L. Conley, Jr married to Jeanne of Milton, Christina Conley of Braintree, Alex David Conley married to Robin of Rockland, Tara Conley-Wilson married to Tom Wilson of Hingham. She was the mother of the late Cindy Wiatrowski who was married to Mark Wiatrowski of Winchester. She was the sister of Patricia MacDonald of Braintree and Francis Carney Jr of Braintree. She is also survived by 14 loving grandchildren, David Jr, Kiani, Tom, Helena, Finn, Shannon, Anna, James III, Olivia, Van, Colleen, Justin, Thomas, and Tyler. A longtime friend of Russell and Vana Peck. Cathy, James, and her children cared for 14 foster children in the ‘70s, through the Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston. Visiting hours will be held at the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington Street, Braintree on Monday, August 29th from 4:00-8:00 pm. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Parish 44 School Street, Quincy at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 30th, 2022. Burial will follow at the Braintree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to South Shore Elder Services, Nutrition (sselder.org/nutrition-fund/).
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