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Martha Joan Barrett, Esq

Martha Joan Barrett, Esq
Loving Daughter, Sister, Advocate, Attorney, Friend

LOWELL – Martha Joan Barrett, 43, died October 7, 2020, at her home in Lowell from colon cancer.

Martha was the daughter of Joan Gorman Barrett and the late Richard Barrett, both of Lowell. Born in Boston, she grew up in Lowell, and graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in 1995 and from St. Anselm College with a B.A. in Classics in 1999.

During high school and college Martha had the opportunity to travel to Italy and Greece and lived in Cork, Ireland. After college she attended law school in Boston and graduated from New England School of Law in 2002.

Shortly after graduating from law school Martha opened up a private practice in Lowell. She focused on criminal defense and family law. She truly loved being an attorney and working in the city she lived in and loved.

For many years, Martha bartended at her brother’s pub, Lowell’s Kilkenny Pub. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Martha enjoyed spending her free time on the Outer Cape in North Eastham, MA, her favorite place on earth.

Besides her mother Joan, she is survived by her brothers Richard Stephen Barrett and Daniel James Barrett, both of Lowell; her sister Catherine Patricia Barrett of San Francisco; and her sister Mary Margaret Barrett and brother-in-law Steven Noneman of Lowell.

She also leaves her uncles and aunts: James E. Barrett II of Lowell; Thomas P. Barrett of Duxbury; Edward and Carole Barrett of Naples, FL; Thomas and Robyn Gorman of Pelham NH; John and Betty Gorman of Colorado Springs, CO; Sheila Gorman Miranda of Lowell; Mary Frances Gorman of Lowell, as well as her cousins Mary Phelps and Erin Kilbride of Lowell, and numerous other cousins and friends. She was the niece of Dorothy Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett, Paul and Anne Barrett Geary, and John Miranda (all deceased).

She was also the paternal granddaughter of James Edward Barrett and Margaret Holland Barrett and the maternal granddaughter of John Gorman and Mary Neylon Gorman (all deceased).

BARRETT In Lowell, October 7, 2020, at her home, Martha J. Barrett, Esq., the beloved daughter of Joan M. Gorman Barrett and the late Richard Barrett. Family and Friends may call at the MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 187 NESMITH ST. LOWELL 978-452-6361 on Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 2 until 6 PM. Martha’s Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, at Immaculate Conception Church at 10 AM. All are welcome to attend her Committal prayers at the gravesite, Section 12, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 90 River Rd. in Tewksbury at approximately 11:15 AM. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667. Checks should be made out to Cape Cod National Seashore, in memory of Martha Joan Barrett.


  • Kristy Gomez Posted October 8, 2020 7:10 pm

    Martha was the best. I’ll cherish the memories we made. Hugs to Mrs.Barrett, Dicky, Dan, Mary, and Kate.

  • Ashley Porter Posted October 8, 2020 8:14 pm

    My prayers and thoughts go out to the entire Barrett Family. Martha was a truly wonderful, kind and selfless person. I am honored to have called her a friend. Until we meet again, rest peacefully.

  • Barbara Curran Posted October 8, 2020 8:54 pm

    Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of Martha. I will keep all of you in my prayers.” May the road rise to meet her. May the wind be at her back. May the sun shine warmly on her face. May the rain fall gently on her fields. Until you meet again, may God hold her in the palm of His hand.”

  • Shauna Werner Posted October 8, 2020 9:42 pm

    Martha was taken too young. She made me laugh. I send my love and sympathies to the very special Barrett family.

  • Dennis Barrett Posted October 8, 2020 9:55 pm

    Martha was always a joy for me when I could see her. I can remaster like it was yesterday holding her when she was a new born. A loss to all.

  • Robyn Larsen Posted October 8, 2020 10:38 pm

    I’m so going to miss her. I enjoyed working with her at MDA. She was a fun, intelligent, funny woman; and I’m going to miss calling her just to chat, say hi and catch up on the fun stuff with the odd occasional, “guess what’s happening in Lowell and Ayer.” My thoughts and prayers go to her family. She was a wonderful person. May the Lord watch over her family. Love you, my buddy!

  • JoAnne LaBranche Posted October 9, 2020 12:45 am

    So sorry for the loss of your daughter and to the entire family. May she rest in God’s arms..

  • Kerri McDermott Posted October 9, 2020 2:27 am

    My life is better because Martha was my friend. She was wise beyond her years and she never minced words. ‘Not for publication’ is forever etched in my mind and I am absolutely heartbroken. Knowing she is no longer in pain provides some comfort, believing she is finally at peace makes me happy. She was genuine, honest and loyal and, if I tried, I’d never find a never find a better friend. ‘Sunday Funday’ will not be the same, I’ll miss our ‘chats’ and she will forever be my BFF. ‘I love you’, words I said all the time, which made her uncomfortable, yet she said them back, sums up our friendship. Tell your dad and my brother I say hi amd I’ll see you on the other side. xoxo

  • Xiorli Bernazzani Posted October 9, 2020 1:29 pm

    Although life was busy and we didn’t see each other as often as we would have liked, when we did, it was like time had not passed. Martha was caring, selfless and funny! She always managed to make me laugh. I will forever remember her strong Boston accent–I think I would tease her about it almost every time we got together. It never got old. She always thought of me, sent clients my way and I would send clients to her. The thing I loved most about Martha was how genuine she was. No hidden agendas–what you saw is what you got. I have much respect for that. Martha, I will miss you. You were taken much too early. Sending many loving prayers to her mother, siblings and extended family and friends. May you rest in peace.

  • Betsy Jones Posted October 9, 2020 2:02 pm

    Dear Dan and Family Sending prayerful support to you at this time . May you be comforted by many memories you have had with your sister Martha. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Betsy Jones Posted October 9, 2020 2:03 pm

    Dear Dan and Family Sending prayerful support to you at this time . May you be comforted by many memories you have had with your beautiful sister Martha

  • Karen , Jack Green, Jay, Lana, Walter Posted October 9, 2020 2:32 pm

    Joan, Dicky, & family, we offer our heartfelt condolences to you as we loved Martha also. She was one of the nicest friends we had the honor to know. May God hold her in HIS loving care for eternity. xo

  • Cathy Sinnott Posted October 9, 2020 3:23 pm

    Martha was a lovely person and a dedicated attorney. I am so sorry that her life was cut short as it was. She will be missed. All my condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.

  • Elizabeth McGloin Browne Posted October 9, 2020 5:24 pm

    To the Barrett family
    I was so saddened to hear of Martha’s passing. She was a classmate at Saint Anselm – we both majored in Politics and were among the very few who studied abroad during our junior year – her to Cork in the Fall and me in Galway in the spring. One weekend I was stuck in my dorm room trying to finish an assignment (which was probably already late) and she brought me a bottle of beer as a consolation for not getting to go out. She was smart and funny and we had lots of really good conversations. We reconnected in the last year or so thanks to social media and I’m sorry we never saw one another in person again. After I read the very sad news I saw a faint rainbow over the town I now live in in Ireland and I hope that was a little sign from her. I’ll keep her in my thoughts always and keep you all in my prayers.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

  • Patricia Reilly Posted October 9, 2020 7:39 pm

    Sincere sympathies on loss of your beloved daughter and sister.

  • Karen J. Levitt Posted October 9, 2020 9:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Martha, she was a wonderful attorney, and a warm, caring person. She will be missed.

  • Cherie Post Posted October 10, 2020 7:12 pm

    Sending my condolences to the entire Barrett Family…I worked for Martha part-time over the years which turned into a friendship, I’ll never forget. She was an ole sole, but super intelligent, funny. and most of all a loving friend. I’ll miss our chats – until we meet on the other side may you rest in peace;(

  • Sonya Brown Posted October 10, 2020 8:33 pm

    Martha took me to my 1st ever entertainment outing, a baseball game. She laughed as I kept marveling at how green the grass appeared. I pushed her out of the seat so she could grab a foul ball, she didn’t get it, but she laughed. Watching my eyes, she asked if i wanted a beer and she would scam it for me, as I forgot my I.D. But most of all we became great friends on the drive to/from the game, where we shared our secrets. Martha also introduced me to her wonderful family when I met them all at the Kilkenny. Martha was selfless. Before and while she was ill she would call to check up on me and my illness and share some helpful healing hints. Martha, I love you and I will miss you my friend! Deepest condolences to the entire family.

  • GREG HOWARD Posted October 10, 2020 9:43 pm

    She was a terrific, caring lawyer, and friend to all who knew her. For everyone who knew her, right now, we all just feel empty .

  • Patrick Tully Posted October 11, 2020 10:50 am

    May perpetual light shine upon her. My love and prayers to the Barrett Family. Martha will surely be missed but in her short time she left her mark on all who knew her.

  • Chris Baker Posted October 11, 2020 6:13 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Martha and the Barrett Family.

  • Emily Weber Posted October 11, 2020 7:59 pm

    Martha was a wonderful person and a dedicated attorney. She will be missed.

  • EP Posted October 12, 2020 4:01 pm

    It has been five days since Martha’s passing and our hearts continue to break. No words can encompass who she was and the impact she had on those around her. So many great memories of Martha at the Cape – biking, swimming, mini golf, weekend flea markets and drive-in movies. She was devoted to her family and friends. We are so sad for her and all of those that she touched.

  • Mike Downes Posted October 12, 2020 8:36 pm

    Kate, my condolences on the passing of your sister. My thoughts and prayers are will you and your family. Mike Downes

  • Tracy Hanson Posted October 13, 2020 3:17 pm

    Dear Dicky…I am so sorry to hear this…I just was speaking to Martha a few weeks back. Dana’s dad has been sick and passed last Friday so we have also been out of sorts…please accept our apologies and had we known about the service we would have been there…please send our thoughts and prayers to all of your family. Love always…Tracy and Dana Hanson

  • Henry and Celeste Masse Posted October 13, 2020 4:30 pm

    Dear Barrett Family
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Our deepest condolences are sent to all of you
    Butch and Celeste Masse

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