She was born March 4, 1939 in Cambridge, the only child of John and Katherine O’Callaghan Kelleher, hardworking Irish immigrants. She spent her early years in Watertown, and graduated from Mount Trinity Academy. After graduation, she attended Framingham State College.
Shortly thereafter, she met and married the sweet love of her life, William F. Curley Jr. of Wayland. He literally swept her off her feet, a dashing young man in a Cadillac, who, on their first date, wooed her with her very first lobster dinner. Together, they created a life in Marlborough, building a home and filling it with six children of their own.
They were always welcoming to countless cousins, aunts and uncles from Ireland, neighbors, beloved exchange students from Japan, who quickly became family, visitors and friends from near and far. There was always a pool party, cookout, summers on the Cape and lots of hockey, flashlight tag and Wiffle ball games.
The greatest joy and pleasure in her life came from her children and grandchildren. She was the mother of Billy, Molly, John, Maureen, Daniel and Christopher and the mother-in-law of Karen Curley, Dawn Curley and Christopher Dawson. She was also the grandmother of Molly and Jake Curley of Falmouth, Ian and Blake Curley of Weston and Rory and Callie Dawson of Rhode Island.
She peacefully and in a state of complete grace went home to God. We can only assume that she was joyfully reunited in peace and serenity with her very own angels in Heaven waiting for her, her children who predeceased her, our beloved Molly and John.
We often called her “The Cat” because she seemed to have nine lives. She fought hard against the battles life seemed to throw her way and she ALWAYS went down swinging. Although she was tiny, she was incredibly fierce. We will miss her terribly.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the scholarship fund created in memory of our brother, John: The John J. Curley Memorial Scholarship Fund, St. John’s High School, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545. She would love that.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, Aug. 24, from 5-7 p.m., at St. Matthias Church, 409 Hemenway St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., at St. Matthias Church. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street, Marlborough.