Rachel Ann (Palmer) McCarthy

January 15th, 2013

Rachel A. (Palmer) McCarthy, age 59, of Dracut, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on January 13, 2013, at the Mass General Hospital.  Born in Woburn on July 2, 1953, Rachel was the cherished daughter of Richard and Rachel (McLaughlin) Palmer.  She was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools.

After graduating Wilmington High School in 1971, Rachel went on to further her education at the Addison-Gilbert Nursing School in Gloucester.  She was part of the last graduating class at that school.  Upon graduating, Rachel began her long career in the profession she loved, nursing.

Rachel lived with her family, husband Jim and son James “Shamus”, in Dracut.  There they made many friends.  They loved to take trips to the beach.  Anywhere there was sand and water, Rachel would be there.  They especially loved going to Gloucester and Ocean Park in Maine.  She loved to cook, it seemed like every time she took out a pot, a group of people would show up to eat.  Rachel loved having them around.  Family was very important to her, she had the ability to remember everyone in the room’s birthday, no matter how big the group, and making all feel special.  Rachel also loved her pets and enjoyed spending time reading.

Rachel worked for many years at the Woburn Nursing Center, part of Salter Healthcare Company, on Francis Street in Woburn.  She loved her work and enjoyed making people smile and laugh.  Rachel treated all her patients with love and respect.   She also liked to teach, she taught several nurse’s aid courses at St. John’s in Lowell.   Rachel will be missed sorely by her family, friends and all the lives she touched.

Rachel was the beloved wife of James F. McCarthy, III of Dracut. She was the loving mother of James P. “Shamus” McCarthy of Boston. She was the cherished daughter of Richard and the late Rachel (McLaughlin) Palmer of Wilmington.  Rachel is the dear sister of Richard Palmer of Wilmington, Douglas Palmer of Boston, Jeffrey Palmer and his wife Karen of Manchester, NH, and Christine Taylor and her husband Bruce of CT.  She very much enjoyed her role of “Auntie Rachel” to Daniel, Katherine, Joseph, Maeve, Graeme, Riley and his parents Nicholas and Courtney.  Rachel is also survived by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, January 18, from 4-7 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. At the family’s request, please omit flowers and plant a rosebush or tree as a memorial to Rachel or donations in her name can be made to a charity of one’s choice.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Rachel Ann (Palmer) McCarthy”

  1. Sharon Havens says:

    Rachel was my friend for 50 years, my partner in crime when we were kids, and the maid-of-honor at my wedding. She is one-of-a-kind and though we did not see one another often, could pick up like it was yesterday. I will miss you my dear Rachel.
    With heavy heart and much love, my sincere condolences to family and friends.
    Sharon Dukus Havens

  2. Emily Dukus says:

    Rachel was always comimg to our house and having fun with my girls. I’m sad because she is young. She suffered a long time. She is not hurting any more. Condolenes to her family. Emily Dukus

  3. Tammy Turcotte says:

    Dear Shamus my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad at this difficult time. I only saw your Mom a few times but she always had a smile on her face. Heaven received a “Very Special” Angel on Sunday. May you find some kind of peace knowing that she will be watching over you two and always keep her in your Heart. Tammy

  4. Donna says:

    I have never forgotten you and I never will.

    Love, Donna

  5. Susan (Barry) Hewitt says:

    To all of Rachel’s family,
    Dennis and I were so saddened to hear of Rachel’s passing. We were friends since 7th grade and although we lost touch until Facebook, I still considered her a dear friend. She was such a fighter through all her health issues, we were truly inspired by her courage and bravery and her love of family and friends. We will miss her but the world is a better place because she was in it. Goodbye dear friend. May you find the peace and rest you so deserve.

  6. joe harvey says:

    hey jeff sorry to here about rachel hope all you guys are doing well

  7. Michelle Hudson says:

    Thank you for being one of my favorite memories Aunt Rachel.

    Love always, Michelle

  8. joe bradley says:

    so sorry for your loss rach was a very sweet prayers are with all of you.

  9. Bozo & Maureen McHugh says:

    We were so sorry to hear about your daughter Rachel.

  10. Richard Stogner says:

    Dear Rae Rae, Your heart was as big as the Moon. My prayers are with all the family. Enjoy Heaven it a great place I hear. I know people there.:(

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