Lawrence — Cathleen A. “Cathy” Morency, 54, of Salem, recently residing in Lawrence, Mass., passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at home. Born on November 26, 1959, in Salem, Mass., she was the daughter of Patricia (Hayes) and Roland “Moe” Morency, both of Salem and Naples, Fla.
Cathy leaves her loving daughter and best friend, Danielle Morency; her two brothers, Mark of El Cajon, Calif., and Michael Sr. and his wife, Lisa (Fortucci); and a sister, Debora Morency of Salem Willows. In addition, Cathy is survived by her parents, Patricia (Hayes) Morency and Roland (Moe) Morency of Salem Willows and Naples, Fla.
Cathy was a wonderful, fun-loving aunt to Angelique, Kevin and his 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 of 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 North Andover.
She will be greatly missed by her “little buddy” Madi, with whom Cathy had a very special bond, 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.
At a young age, she became 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, Mass.
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 St., corner of North Street, Salem, from 2 to 6 p.m., on Saturday January 11. A brief memorial service will also be held at 5 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.