Carol Gloria (McGrath) Foley, age 78, a longtime resident of Dracut, passed away at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center on Monday, March 7, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Peter M. Foley with whom she enjoyed 55 years of marriage.
She was born in Lowell on December 21, 1943 and was the daughter of the late James and Marie (Le Blanc) McGrath.
Carol was one of fourteen children. She had an early career as a nurse which she happily set aside to raise her family. A loving mother, grandmother and friend to all, her door was always open to everyone and anyone. She always make sure all were welcomed. Carol loved to travel and explore the world. She especially enjoyed road trips that she and Peter would take every June. She was always the life of the party, and was known to her family as their Dancing Queen – she was always the first one on the dance floor. She especially loved the McGrath Christmas Party, where she would proudly show-off her big and ever growing family.
In addition to her loving husband, Carol is survived by her children, Michael P. Foley and his wife Mary, Keith P. Foley and his wife Kelly, and Garet M. Foley and his wife Christine; her grandchildren, Kayla Foley and her fiancé Jake Pugh, Nicholas Foley and his significant other Jordan Parece, Lauren Foley, Slade Sousa, Dillan, Shealyn, and Colin Foley, Isabella and Ava Foley, and Kailee, Liam, and Quinn McDonald; her siblings, Ruth Santos, John McGrath, and Walter McGrath; her niece, Erin L. McDonald and her husband Harry; her nephew, Shawn T. Whalen; and her special family friend, Dave Beauchesne and wife Kris, who was like a son to Carol, and his children, whom she considered family.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 13th from 1pm to 5pm at the Dracut Funeral Home, 2159 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10am at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 95 Lakeview Ave., Tyngsboro. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. Carol was known for her giving spirit and donated to many charities. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to a charity of your choice in Carol’s memory.