Catherine E. Foley, 82

Catherine E. Foley, 82

PEABODY — Catherine E. (Daly) (Morrison) Foley, 82, of Peabody and formerly of Lynn, died Sunday evening at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of the late John J. Foley and the late William Morrison.

Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Ellard) Daly. She was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1954.

Kay was employed with General Electric in Lynn and was a tenacious shop steward for Local 201. She worked in the transportation department as a dispatcher for many years before taking other positions in an effort to provide as much as she could for her family.

Upon her retirement, she was employed by Meals on Wheels and found great pleasure in helping those who needed assistance, a trait for which she was well known. She had a lifelong enjoyment of cross stitch, crossword puzzles and gardening, hobbies her children were glad she focused on as the motorcycle riding and flying lessons made them uncomfortable.

Twice widowed and a cancer survivor, she showed strength and resiliency that impressed all who knew her.  

She is survived by her three children, William A. Morrison and his companion, Karen Newton, of Henniker, N.H., Jeffrey J. Morrison and his companion, Maureen Leary, of Lynn; and her daughter, Susan Reeves and her companion, Steve Rich, of Montreal, Canada. Her brother, James Daly of Beverly; and her sister, Helen Houley of Jupiter, Fla., also survive her. She loved her grandchildren, Simon Reeves of Montreal, Canada and Brendan Morrison of Lynn beyond measure. Her siblings, John Daly and Margaret O’Brien, predeceased her.  

Service information: Following cremation, visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the CONWAY, CAHILL-BRODEUR Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial services will be private. For directions and online obituary, visit


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