Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Mary Louise Conway

September 8, 1930June 6, 2019


Mary Louise Devlin Conway, 88, formerly of East Orleans, MA, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2019. She was born on September 8, 1930, raised in Abington, MA and a proud 1952 graduate of Emmanuel College.

Mary Lou was a loving wife of 54 years to the late Joseph P. Conway and devoted mother to their four children, Elizabeth West, Anne Gamble, Ellen Macleish and John Conway. She was an energetic, generous and caring grandmother to Angus and Camilla West, John, Alex and Lucy Gamble, Ramsay, Cameron and Sionna Macleish, William and Thomas Conway, Abigail Conway Malins, and great grandmother to Lucas Malins. Also, she is survived by her little brother, Richard Devlin. Mary Lou will be remembered for her devotion to her family, competitive spirit and love of life. She enjoyed tennis, Cape Cod beaches and her miniature schnauzers. Among her numerous accomplishments, Mary Lou was a professional tennis umpire, earned a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Norwich University, VT and authored a book of short stories. Passionate about literature and live theatre, she served for many years as Staff Writer for the Volunteer News Publication of the New York Public Library and on the Board of the Cape Rep Theatre of Brewster, MA. She will be missed dearly by all that knew her.

Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate Mary Lou’s life with her children from 10:00 to 12:00 a.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham. Following the visiting hours, her relatives are invited to a private Burial service in Orleans, Cemetery.



  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, June 16, 2019


  • Burial will be held privately


Mary Louise Conway

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Donna Devlin

June 14, 2019

My Aunt ML was such a large part of my life. Her vivacity and verve were infectious and her sense of humor witty and wry. For all of my life, she and I shared a passion for literature and theater. She was a beloved fixture at the Shakespeare Festival I have run since 2006. She was my aunt who turned into my patron, champion and friend. She will be dearly missed. Our loss is heaven's gain and I am happy to know she is up there playing tennis with Suzanne L'Englen, trading witty bon mots with Tennessee Williams and discussing the plot twists in Hamlet with Shakespeare himself! "All that lives must die, passing through Nature to Eternity" (Gertrude, in "Hamlet") I am eternally grateful to my cousins Ellen and Elizabeth for letting me spend a few hours with her last week. I shall treasure those last moments always. Until we meet again my "Auntie Mame"I LOVE YOU!!!

Julie Kraft

June 12, 2019

Mary Lou and I shared our love for Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster by serving on the Board of Trustees. She was always full of ideas and enthusiasm for the theatre and I enjoyed working with her very much. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing and offer my sincere condolences to her family.