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Maureen Quinn Ryan

Maureen Quinn Ryan

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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Maureen Quinn Ryan, BSN, RN

Framingham, Massachusetts

RYAN, Maureen Quinn, 27, a registered nurse, formerly of Brighton, died at home on May 12, 2020 after a long illness, with her parents Kevin and Colleen at her side. She was the loving granddaughter of Edward and Elizabeth Ryan of Cranston, Rhode Island and Thomas and Jean Quinn of Natick, Massachusetts. She loved her aunts and uncles, Kathleen (Quinn) and Marc White of Franklin, Massachusetts and Tom Quinn and Amanda Van Veen of Charlestown, Massachusetts, her big cousins, Quinton and Dylan White and her little cousins Van and Nora Quinn.

Maureen worked at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton. She graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions Accelerated Nursing Program in 2017. She had previously worked as the Assistant to the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after graduating from Bridgewater State University with a degree in management.

Maureen started volunteering in the Alzheimer’s unit of a nursing home at thirteen years old. At sixteen years old, she was working as a teaching assistant in a preschool and nights at a department store while still volunteering at a nursing home. Maureen was an accomplished archer and certified archery instructor, competing in state and national events. She started and coached a successful archery program for people with special needs. She continued to work at a department store through college and also in the Community Service Center at Bridgewater State, where she became Senior Program Assistant, overseeing the service-based residential learning community, coordinating educational, community-oriented and social programs each semester.

She was president of the BSU Buddies Club, planning educational and social events for young adults with special needs in the Bridgewater/Brockton area, working with the Brockton Arc organization. While president, she increased volunteer enrollment 300%, doubled the amount of money raised for the club and secured increased university support. She was a team leader for Alternative Break Programs, leading service trips during the school year as well as summer breaks with several organizations. She served the homeless in soup kitchens and shelters and worked with children in inner-city communities in New York, Philadelphia, Springfield and Atlanta. She served at Camp Sunshine in Maine where she worked as a counselor for children with life-threatening illnesses. She was a clinician at Bridgewater State’s Children’s Physical Developmental Clinic where she used her skills in American Sign Language to great effect with hearing impaired children. She also tutored and mentored homeless elementary school-age children in the Brockton area for the School on Wheels program. She loved wrapping Christmas presents and delivering household items to formerly homeless families who secured housing, working with My Brother’s Keeper and Father Bill’s organizations of Eastern Massachusetts.

She completed college early, got a job and moved to Cambridge. When asked why she did not want to stay and enjoy her last semester in college, she said: “I just want to start my life!” While working in the division of infectious diseases, she decided to become a nurse and attended Harvard Extension School to acquire science-based credits in order to apply to the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She left Brigham and Women’s to work night shifts as a unit coordinator on an orthopedic floor at Newton Wellesley Hospital while going to nursing school during the day. When asked why she did not want to stay in a great job at Brigham, she said: “There’s still so much I want to do!”

While in nursing school, Maureen treasured her clinical immersion term working at Boston Health Care for the Homeless and New England Center and Home for Veterans. She continued to volunteer at Rosie’s Place in Boston after becoming a nurse.

Maureen never wasted a moment of her life. She lived with Loeys-Dietz syndrome but never let it define her. She packed a full life into a very short time. She touched many hearts. She helped many people. She smiled. She was a nurse.

Kevin and Colleen are grateful for all the amazing nurses, patient assistants, respiratory, physical and occupational therapists, doctors and staff at Mass General and Spaulding Cambridge that cared for our family and will forever live in our hearts.

In light of COVID-19 protocols, a private service and burial will take place at a later time.

Kevin and Colleen are working to establish an endowed scholarship at MGH Institute of Health Professions Accelerated Nursing Program for student nurses also committed to serving the less fortunate so that Maureen’s passion and spirit will live on.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Maureen’s name may be made to the MGH Institute of Health Professions, through: or MGH Institute of Health Professions, 36 First Avenue, Boston, MA 02129.

Boyle Bros. Funeral Home, Framingham, is assisting with arrangements.
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Private Condolence

Michael Sullivan

Posted at 05:03pm
Dear Kevin and Collin:

Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Michael Sullivan

Julie Silva

Posted at 09:01pm
Sending love and peace to Colleen and Kevin.
Like you, Maureen was strong and resilient, kind and loving. I miss her and I miss seeing both of you.
I loved Maureen, her smile, her eyes, how she reminded me of a college professor when she wore her glasses!
I hope you are experiencing some quiet, gentle moments where you are able to breathe and find some peace before the next wave of grief visits.


Posted at 08:31pm
I don' know you but was struck by this angelic face and wanted to send my condoleces.Just be comforted to know that God has an extra special place in his kingdom for the pure of heart and will be one of his most beautiful Irish angels.May God hold her in the palm of his hand till you meet again.
My sincerest sympathy

John Whitlock

Posted at 08:24pm
Dear Colleen and Kevin,
Although we don't know each other well, I want you to know that your family has been in my thoughts throughout Maureen's illness and I have prayed more prayers than I can count for her and for you.
Your unwavering love, commitment, and resilience is an inspiration to me. I am confident that this sentiment is true for anyone that knows you.
I so wish there was more that I could do for you! Please know you are in my heart!


Jennifer Winget

Posted at 06:33pm
I had the privilege of caring for Maureen at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. She enjoyed hearing my daily stories about my two labradors and other wildlife in my yard. I always tried to make her smile. I’m sending all my love to her parents, Kevin, and Colleen. I love you both. You have become a part of the SHC family. I’m so happy Maureen got to spend her remaining days at home with her family. She, and the two of you will always be in my heart. Sending all my love to you both. ❤️❤️😘😘

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