Mary E. Quinlan of Lowell

Mary E (Busby) Quinlan 94 of Lowell passed away peacefully July 20, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Garrett Quinlan who died December 27, 2013.

Mary was born in Lowell, October 12, 1925, daughter of the late William F Busby Sr and Susanna (Curry) Busby.  She graduated from Lowell High School in 1942.

Mary worked for Appleton Bank in Lowell as a young woman.  She volunteered for many years at St. Margaret School in Lowell, and is likely best known as one of the “Hot Dog Ladies”.  After raising her family, she worked as a librarian in the Lowell Public Schools, and as a clerk in the Lowell City Clerk’s office.

Mary was devoted to her faith. Raised in St Peter’s Parish, she has been a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish since 1955.  What Mary loved most of all was time with her family.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Garrett Quinlan and his wife, Meg (Beauregard) of Lowell, Susan (Quinlan) Morrisey and her husband, Gerry of Tyngsboro, Peter Quinlan and his wife, Kelly (Rice) of Andover, and Joseph Quinlan and his wife, Laura (Carlisle) of Clinton; grandchildren, Garrett Quinlan and Kim Sheehan of Dracut, Katherine Quinlan and Bill Ryan of Littleton, Erin Quinlan and Ryan Getchell of Charlestown, Kayleagh (Morrisey) Nutter and her husband David Nutter of Pepperell, Patrick Morrisey and his fiancé Michaela Fitzgerald of Tyngsboro, Shannon Morrisey of Tyngsboro, Matthew Quinlan and his wife Danielle (Cohen) of Andover, Jennifer (Quinlan) Shepard and her husband Kevin of Andover, Michael Quinlan of Andover, Jacqueline Quinlan and Stephanie Quinlan of Clinton, Michael, Jack and Brian Quigley of Andover; great-grandchildren, Garrett, Avery, Devonne, Aoibheann, Cameron, Calvin, Caroline, and Quinn; a sister, Elizabeth (Busby) Cassella, and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Moriarty) Busby.  She is also survived by many wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mary is pre-deceased by the late George Busby and wife Mary, Raymond Busby and wife Eleanor, William Busby, Anthony Cassella, Onia Quinlan, Steve Quinlan and wife Mary, Mary (Quinlan) Sweeny and husband Edward, Thomas Quinlan and wife Mary and daughter-in-law Mary Jo (Reilly) Quinlan.


QUINLAN, Mary E (Busby) Quinlan 94 of Lowell passed away July 20, 2020.  Visiting hours Thurs. 3 to 7 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD.  A private funeral mass of Christian Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.   Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. Memorials may be made in her name to: St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Renewal and Renovation Fund, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

12 Condolences for Mary E. Quinlan of Lowell

    Eileen & Brendan Murphy

    Aunt Mary will be greatly missed and I am so sorry we won’t be there to celebrate her life and memories. Love to all! Your all are in our thoughts and prayers.


    David and Lise Busby

    A wonderful woman with a big heart, Aunt Mary will be sorely missed. Lise, I and the kids looked forward to her letters and always cherished our time with Aunt Mary during our visits back home. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.


    Anthony Cassella

    Aunt Mary, I now realize that I’m not the only one to receive the wonderful letters and cards from you.I always admired your penmanship.It was always neat,just like my mother’s. I had the Palmer Method too. But, I ended up with the Tony Method. We are the same. But I want to say I am honored to be your Godson.


    Philip&Lynne Scannell

    Peter,So sorry to hear of your Mom s passing..quite a life Thought and prayers to your entire family


    Stephen J. Lemire

    I share my condolences with the entire family and express gratitude for having known Mary for so long.


    Kevin Sheehan

    Mrs Quinlan was a sweet and wonderful person who came from a great family and forged a greater one under her influence. I worked at City Hall and thought she was as nice a person as I know! The best compliment I can give to her is that I compare her to my own mother. May God Bless both The Quinlans and Busby families. May the Memories be strong


    Meegan Lord

    Mary, a strong soul with the world’s best advice. I appreciate all the times we got to spend together and all the laughs we enjoyed. You will be missed so much. <3


    Joanne Price

    I loved your mother Mary and your dad, Garrett. Met them at a weekly Rosary at St. Margaret’s. They were the sweetest people on earth. You all were blessed to have them as parents. May she Rest In Peace with Garrett in Heaven.


    Kathleen Pender-Phaneuf

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Quinlan was my Recess Mother at Saint Margaret 50 years ago. I remember her fondly.
    I also had the pleasure to visit her at D’Youville as well.

    Again my sincere condolences,

    Kathleen Pender-Phaneuf


    Dennis Sullivan

    Garrett, Susan, Peter, Joe and Families,

    “Cousin” Mary was the kindest, nicest, most pleasant person that I have ever had the privilege to know. Seeing her at St. Margaret’s would always put a smile on our faces. Simply a wonderful person and a beautiful soul. Our heartfelt prayers are with you all.

    Dennis and Judy Sullivan


    Susan Cooney

    Mary/ the best dinner companion at the Arbors
    She was so sweet and interesting. Always a smile and kind greeting.Jim and I will miss seeing her.
    May she Rest In Peace……Love
    Jim and Susan Cooney


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