Cathleen A Morency “Cathy”, 54, of Salem (currently residing in Lawrence), MA, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at home. Born November 26, 1959, in Salem, MA, was the daughter of Patricia (Hayes) and Roland “Moe” Morency both of Salem and Naples FL. Cathy leaves her loving daughter and best friend Danielle Morency, her two brothers Mark from El Cajon, CA and Michael, Sr. and his wife Lisa (Fortucci) and a sister Debora Morency from Salem Willows. In addition, Cathy is survived by her parents Patricia (Hayes) Morency and Roland (Moe) Morency from Salem Willows and Naples, FL.
Cathy was a wonderful fun-loving aunt to Angelique, Kevin and (wife Courtney), Curtis, Michael Jr,, Justin, and Ryan. Cathy also was a generous high sprinted great-aunt to Ashley, Germaine, Christopher, Kelvin, Payton, and Jaxson.
Cathy also leaves many cousins and the following loving aunts and uncles: John and Sally Hayes, Jack and Marion Dowd and Jackie and Jack Kelly all from Salem. She also had a wonderful relationship with the Febonio family. Cathy and Danielle have had an endearing friendship with Joe and Judy Samuelman and their three daughters “Cat’s Angels” and Danielle’s godson all from No. Andover. She will be greatly missed by her “little buddy” Madi whom Cathy had a very special bond with as well as many, many friends both distant and close by.
While Cathy attended Salem High School she tried out for the boy’s baseball team because she felt that there were not enough sporting opportunities for girls at that time. This was prior to the Federal legislation mandating equal opportunities for girl’s athletics. She started at a young age involved with The Salem Immaculate Conception Church Comets/Rockets all girl Drum & Bugle Corps. Cathy was a percussionist and played cymbals, timbale and double tenor drums. She also served in the color guard and enjoyed going to distant Drum & Bugle Corps competitions, including DCI championship events in Philadelphia and Boston with her father and brother Michael.
She worked hard for many years and advanced in the restaurant business to support her and her daughter as a single parent. She did very well serving the customers who all enjoyed her wit and efficiency. She worked for many years at the Chase House in Salem, the Weather Vane Tavern, in Hamilton, Lewis’ Restaurant in Ipswich, and later she became General Manager of the Goat Hill Grille in Beverly, MA. More recently in the past five years Cathy worked at The Rowley Pharmacy after successfully passing the State of Massachusetts Pharmaceutical Technologist exam. In this position she was able to obtain donations of medical supplies to support mission work in the Dominican Republic.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be visiting hours and a memorial service at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, corner of North Street in Salem starting at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday January 11, 2014. A brief memorial service will also be held at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society, 733 Third Ave., 3rd Floor, New York NY 10017 or http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TRC/1784349298. For additional information please call The Murphy Funeral Home 978-744-0497, or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com