Kathleen E. Garvey January 31, 1950 - February 25, 2021

Kathleen E. Garvey, of Weymouth, passed away peacefully at the age of 71, Thursday February 25, 2021.

Kathy was born January 31, 1950 to Frank and Anne Garvey in Boston, MA. She was raised in Milton with her two sisters, Nancy and Janet.

Kathy graduated from Archbishop Williams in 1968. Growing up she always knew she wanted to be a nurse and earned her degree in Nursing from St. Anselm College in 1972.

After working for a number of years at Boston-area hospitals, and always one to follow her own path, she combined her love of nursing and travel to move to Australia in 1979. She worked at Prince Henry Hospital in Melbourne. While living there she met her husband Doug. They married in 1980 and moved back to Massachusetts in 1981. After welcoming their two children, Matthew and Victoria, Kathy returned to work as a nurse in the 1990’s. She was a nurse for the Weymouth Public Schools until she retired in 2017.

Kathy traveled extensively with her family and was lucky to travel to many places in her life including London, Paris, Brittany, Zurich, Ireland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Cameroon, and a safari in Kenya.

Kathy enjoyed many of life’s pleasures. Among her favorites were gardening, museums, dance and theater. She was a huge fan of the Boston Celtics and Red Sox. She was an avid baker known for her Thanksgiving apple pies and enjoyed sharing her baking talents with her grandchildren. She loved celebrating the holidays with her entire family and decorated every inch of the house. Over the years she amassed an extensive collection of astonishing sweaters and jewelry for every holiday.

Everyone who knew Kathy will remember her vibrant life of the party personality, sense of humor, and her wild use of colorful language. The parties in heaven just got a lot more fun.

Kathy is survived by her husband Douglas Walton, her son Matthew Walton, his wife Gina and grandchildren Emma and Liam, of Weymouth and her daughter Victoria Walton of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by her sister Nancy and brother-in-law George Oliveira of Portsmouth, RI, her sister Janet Garvey of Boston, MA, her nephew David Oliveira, his wife Nicole, and their children Keenan, Kailey, and Kendyl of Portsmouth, RI, as well as her niece Laurie Oliveira of Portsmouth, RI.

Visiting hours Wednesday, March 3rd 10:30-12:30 at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE followed by a private funeral service. All are invited for interment at Milton Cemetery. The family will be having a celebration of life at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, a Scholarship fund has been set up in Kathy’s memory to a Weymouth High School senior pursuing a career in nursing. Donations to The Kathleen E. Garvey Scholarship Fund can be mailed to South Shore Bank, 1530 Main Street, South Weymouth, MA 02190.

Visiting Hours:
Wednesday, March 3rd 10:30-12:30

Dolan Funeral Home
460 Granite Avenue

Followed by a private funeral service.
All are invited for interment at Milton Cemetery.
The family will be having a celebration of life at a later time.


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    Grace Ericson says

    Kathleen aka Vickey’s mom will always have a special place in my heart and memory. She always made me feel part of the family like the second daughter she never wanted. From hanging out on weekends when Vickey and I were in college, to the infamous Alaska cruise, Mariners games and the annual birthday dinners in Seattle, there are so many fond memories together. I don’t have to tell you this but she was unlike anyone I’ve ever met, unapologetically her her in every way, a pure delight to be around with no shortage of sass and hilarious stories to share. I will keep your family in my thoughts and may you find peace and comfort during this time. My sincere condolences, Grace

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    Julie says

    I worked with Kathy at JECC and Weymouth HS..she was a fabulous nurse, great friend and confidant. I am saddened by her passing, but know that heaven has gained a colorful, boisterous angel. My condolences to her family and friends, Julie Bowen

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    Barbara says

    Kathleen was one of the first people that actually sat down and talked to me when I went to work for WHS. We had lunch together daily, I loved all her colorful stories, she always made me laugh. I’m happy I knew her, she made life a better place. I’m very sad to hear of this news. My condolences to all that knew her.

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    Anonymous says

    Dear Doug, Mathew and Victoria,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your great loss. Kathy’s warm, kindnesand sense of humor and

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    Bonnie Goodstein says

    Dear Doug, Matthew and Victoria,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family for your great loss. Kathy’s warmth, kindness, sense of humor and zest for life will be greatly missed. I’m send prayers and peach to your whole family.

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    Pamela Marlowe says

    Dear Walton family,
    I was so very sorry to read this sad news. I worked with Kathy in WPS for many years, but also knew her as a mom since our kids went to the same schools. She was such a good soul and always full of fun. God be with you all. My deepest sympathy.

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    Kathy Ryan Lavery says

    I am very sorry to read that Kathy has passed away. She was the perfect HS nurse. Motherly when needed and funny comments that we often welcomed too. Contributed a great deal to the Weymouth community.

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    Mike Burns says

    Doug, Matt and Vicky,

    We were all shocked and saddened to hear that Kathy passed.

    She was a great neighbor and friend and was always the life of so many events. She was the very first person we met when we moved in!

    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Mike, Jeanne, Sean and Jim

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    Linda Going says

    Deat Doug, Matthew, Victoria, Nancy, and Janet
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Kathy was always a breath of fresh air and I know she will be deeply missed.
    My deepest condolences,
    Linda Going

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In lieu of flowers, a Scholarship fund has been set up in Kathy’s memory to a Weymouth High School senior pursuing a career in nursing. Donations may be sent to:

The Kathleen E. Garvey Scholarship Fund
South Shore Bank
1530 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA 02190