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Dorothy L. McCarthy

METHUEN. Dorothy L. (Carr) McCarthy, aged 89, of Methuen, peacefully passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Herbert McCarthy, with whom she had shared sixty-five years of marriage.

Daughter of the late Thomas and the late Mary (McMahon) Carr, she was born May 11, 1934, in Lowell. She received her education in the city, attending Immaculate Conception Grammar School and graduating from Lowell High School, Class of 1952. Dorothy furthered her education by obtaining her Licensed Practical Nursing License and dedicated over ten years to Tewksbury State Hospital. Additionally, she worked part-time at the Sisters of the Holy Union Convent for more than a decade.

Dorothy was an active communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, where she showcased her musical talent by playing the organ. As a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she found immense joy in spending time with her wonderful family, with a special emphasis on the sheer delight her grandchildren brought into her life. Dorothy also enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends. Traveling was another passion, especially when shared with the love of her life, Herbert.

In addition to her loving husband, Herbert, she is survived by her children, Deborah Brown and her husband Michael, of Dracut, Brian McCarthy of Bradenton, FL, Barry McCarthy and his wife, Nancy, of Lowell, Caroline McCarthy of Methuen and Stephen McCarthy, and his wife, Tara of Milton and Mary McCarthy of Richmond, VA; her nine cherished grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband Jared, Christopher, Lauren, Daniel, Christine and her fiancé Antonio, Paul, Fiona, Liam and Niamh; her precious great grandson, Huxley Michael Tringale; her brother Robert T. Carr of Panama City, FL and several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham MA 02452,; or to Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services, 172 Lawrence Street Lawrence, MA 01841 or to Hospice Through Compassus Living Foundation 503 N. Euclid Avenue, Suite 9E, Bay City, MI 48706,

On Sunday, January 28, 2024, all are welcome to attend her calling hours from 2 until 5 p.m. at Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell 978-452-6361. Her funeral will be held on Monday morning, gathering at the funeral home at 10 a.m., followed by her funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 144 East Merrimack Street, Lowell at 11 a.m.

Her funeral will be live streamed – click here

Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. Please find us on facebook or visit to leave the family a message of condolence.


  • James Donovan Posted January 24, 2024 4:40 pm

    I am sorry for your loss Mrs. M was wonderful lady when I was growing up in the old neighborhood she always said hi and always had a smile she will be missed !

  • Sandi Moreno Posted January 24, 2024 6:54 pm

    Hello everyone, I was so sad to hear and read about sweet Dot’s passing! I knew from the recent picture, she was having some limitations! I know how hard it was to see her wither away and thank goodness she had no knowledge of this! What a magnificent, kind, smart and talented Dot was! Nothing was ever too difficult for her and she always did everything with grace and a big smile! When you walked into her home, it exuded such warmth ,and kindness and Dot always made you feel so welcomed and wanted! What a jewel to behold. Dot raised such a loving respectfull family. Rest in peace sweet Dot! We will all love and miss you!! Love Sandi and David Moreno from Boca Raton, Florida

  • Carleen Richardson Posted January 25, 2024 12:32 pm

    Brian and Barry,

    I’m so sorry about your mother.

  • Frank Rouine Posted January 28, 2024 11:28 am

    I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the McCarthy Family .

  • Brian McCarthy Posted January 28, 2024 5:37 pm


    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.

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