Mary Sabina (Doherty) Howley, 83, of Mashpee died July 4 at Cape Cod Hospital.

She was the wife for 63 years of Michael Joseph Howley.

The daughter of Catherine MacDonald Doherty, she was born during the Great Depression and raised in Dorchester.

At the age of 20, she married Michael Howley, who had been a Navy sailor fighting in the South Pacific during World War II, and during the next two years she had her first two children.

Ms. Howley was a homemaker and a stay-at-home mother.

Beginning in the 1970s, she volunteered at Norwood Hospital as one of a group of women known as the Pink Ladies because of the color of the uniforms they wore. Prior to moving to Mashpee, she had been a resident of Cohasset and Norwood.

During her time living here, Ms. Howley was a member of Mashpee Women’s Club.

In addition to her husband, she leaves two children, Kathleen Howley of Canton and Michael J. Howley Jr. of Philadelphia; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ms. Howley was preceded in death by her youngest child, Mary Catherine Quirk, who died in 2014, and by her daughter Patricia Howley, who died as an infant in 1961.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, July 15, at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee, followed by burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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