Marybeth (Smith) Conley

June 23, 1961June 2, 2018
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Mary Beth Conley, 56, entered into eternal peace on Saturday June 2, 2018 following a courageous battle with cancer. Born June 23, 1961, daughter of the late Francis "Buddy" and Theresa "Teasie" (Kelly) Smith.

She graduated from Monsignor Ryan Memorial High School in 1979 and two years later, in April, 1981 she married the love of her life, best friend and golf partner Kenneth G. "Shorty" Conley (BFD). Together they owned and operated Old Town Tavern/Shorty's Place in South Boston and later moved to Cape Cod where she worked for the US Postal Service until her recent retirement. “MB” as she was fondly known or “the Baby” as Shorty called her, loved life, she was the life of the party, with a loving and generous heart. An extordinary athelete, an avid golfer, she loved the beach, watching the sunsets, singing to summer time tunes and she loved her winters in Lauderdale by the Sea.

Mary Beth is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years, her brother Paul and his wife Irene "Renie" Smith of Dorchester, her sisters Theresa "Terry" Olson of Boston's North End and Nancy Pickup and her companion Thomas Green of South Boston, her nieces and nephews: Annemarie Smith Tutor, Patricia, Andrew and Timothy Smith, Amy Olson Downey and Matthew Olson, Patrick and Jamie Lee Pickup and great niece Charlotte Pickup. A memorial service will be held at the Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 2-4 pm followed by a Celebration of Her Life at the Hyannis Golf Club. Friends and family are invited to attend and share their memories and stories of Mary Beth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Visiting Nurses of Cape Cod Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D, So. Dennis, MA 02660 South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund, PO Box 236, Boston, MA 02127


  • Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018

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Tony & Mim Gallagher

July 23, 2018

Shorty, we are so sorry to hear of your loss, she was a special person and will always be remembered. Love Tony & Mim

Victoria Fournier

July 20, 2018

Winter seasons in Lauderdale by the Sea have always been met with delightful anticipation of the "annual arrival" of the premier snowbird: MaryBeth (&Shorty)! No matter the doldrums or challenges of the proceeding dog days of summer / hurricane season, the magnificent force of energy known to locals as "MB", was a delightful and heartfelt occurrence. She exuded an energy of high voltage, and an appreciation of the significance of each & every day & moment ; evidenced by her dynamic spirit & boundless energy.
Throughout all her challenges thrust upon her by a blindsided & aggressive disease infiltration , she never faltered. She shone bright like a beacon of bravery & courage; always giving a wide eyed smile, and never complaining or playing the victim. Even while her body suffered the ravages of disease & treatment, she never complained. Her face of strength and courage is an inspiration to anyone who ever faces cancer and / or physical adversity. Despite the opportunity to succumb to devestating debilitation that ensues with illness & treatment, she never took a pass. She held her head high & carried herself with strength & dignity, straight through until the end. Her integrity & energy are eternal, and her light will shine on for all time. The footprint of her spirit, soul & presence will live on in everyone's life she has touched, and will be amplified, through how each & every one of us, touch other people; as a result. The world could use a lot more MB's, and a bit of the Magic dust she carried through her walk in life.
We are all enriched and blessed, for having had her in our lives. Rest in peace, dear friend! Love & hugs, Victoria (& Richard) xo.

Ruth Redmond

July 18, 2018

Of all the people i’ve met during my 30 yr bartending career nobody impacted my life like Marybeth.She was such a special person with the ability to tell a story
like no one else she could make me laugh until tears came from my eyes. As sick as she was with her illness she still stayed positive and always always managed to smile. It is with a heavy heart i write this today but when i think about her as i do daily she still brings a smile to my face.The world lost one of its brightest stars when MB left.

Shorty Conley

July 6, 2018

Mary Beth,
You were the best thing to ever happen to me. You were my lover, my wife, but more importantly you were my best friend. When ever I got out of line you made sure to put me back in line and for this I will be forever greatful. I am so sorry I couldn't do more for you, I miss you like crazy, I love you and I always will. My heart aches. Rest in peace.

Bob & Maureen Hixon

June 15, 2018

Dear Shorty, we are thinking of you during this difficult time. MB will never be forgotten. Always the life of the party. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With heartfelt condolences,
Bob & Maureen Hixon ( Amari's)

Amy Downey

June 15, 2018

Uncle Shorty there is nothing I can do or say to make this any easier for you . However , I do know that you both have shared many amazing memories and a love that is a very rare find in this day and age . We will all miss her , but I know you will the most . Her spirit of her love life lives in all of us ! XoXo

Amy Downey

June 15, 2018

Uncle Shorty there is nothing I can do or say to make this any easier for you . However , I do know that you both have shared many amazing memories and a love that is a very rare find in this day and age . We will all miss her , but I know you will the most . Her spirit of her love life lives in all of us ! XoXo

Steve & Pat Foley

June 13, 2018

Shorty, so sorry to hear of MaryBeth’s passing, she gave it her all.
May your memories of fun times bring you comfort during this time.
Stay strong as you are going to miss her as you two were inseparable.

Joe Lally

June 13, 2018

MB will always be in our memories and forever missed. Always by Shorty's side they made the perfect couple full of life and laughter. RIP.
Joe & Diane Lally

Thorie Jilson

June 12, 2018

Words can't express the shock and saddness this brings. I am so very sorry..MB's love for life, people and music was to be admired and emulated... I forever will hear her shouting out "Michael Buble" or "Zac Brown" at gigs. She kindly always asked for my girls, my mom, and was so loving at the passing of my dad. The room lit up when you two walked into the room. I had no idea she was sick, I am so very heartbroken for you all. Much love and strength xo