Maureen Colette Tully

  • Born: March 22, 1978
  • Died: November 27, 2019
  • Location: Chester, New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03104
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Maureen Colette Tully of Chester, NH passed peacefully in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Pre-deceased by her adoring father John Joseph Tully, and her brother John Christopher Tully, as well as her brother-in Law Jan Wawrzynek, and nieces Bridgid and Fiona Tully, Maureen was surely welcomed to heaven by quite a crowd.

She was born the seventh of eight children to John Joseph Tully, and Eileen Leach Tully on March 22, 1978 in Des Plaines, Illinois. One of only five in the world to be diagnosed with a congenital disorder called pseudo-hypo-para thyroidism, Maureen was surely " special" and not "disabled" to anyone who had the honor of knowing her.

Maureen attended Roche-A-Cri elementary school in Wisconsin before completing her grade-school years at Chester Academy in Chester, NH. It was in High School at Pinkerton Academy that Maureen was donned the nickname "Moe T" and became her "totally awesome" self. She was a charming part of the Special Ed classes, and acted as the manager and "spiritual director" for the senior girls basketball team under Coach John Barry. She gained her competitive and determined reputation as a winning member of the basketball, snowshoeing, and track teams for the Derry Rec. "Timberwolves" Special Olympics team.

After High School, Maureen worked at Stepping Stones preschool where she was lovingly managed by Karen Wilson. Perhaps the most joyful part of Maureen's life were her years at Wings of Change in Windham, NH. Run first by it's founder Sandra Golonka, and later by the incredible Jlene Root, Maureen made life long friendships, and looked forward to Challengers Camp at Camp Wilmot every Summer she was able to attend. The Tully family is incredibly thankful for the happiness and meaning that program brought to Maureen's life.

In recent years Maureen was part of the Kimi-Nichols Center community in Plaistow, NH, and Community Crossroads. Of late, she suffered from many back and orthopedic surgeries, and complications from her genetic disorder. She and her family are indebted to the many nurses, doctors, and staff who cared for, and loved Maureen, there are too many to name, but each fondly remembered.

She is survived by a broken-hearted, but grateful family who was blessed to have such a positive, loving, generous hearted girl among them. Namely:
Her devoted Mother and Caretaker Eileen Leach Tully of Chester, NH; Her sisters Elizabeth, Frances and Margaret Tully; Her sister Kathleen Tully Curtis and brother-in-law Robert Curtis and their children: RJ, Sophie, Lucy, Andrew, Michael, and Ronan; Her sister Alyson Tully Fitzpatrick and brother-in-law Mathew Fitzpatrick and their children: Sean and Madeline; Her brother Patrick Tully and sister-in-law Eileen Magarahan Tully and their children: Jack, PJ, Thomas, Maeve, Brendan, and Mary-Grace. Her sister-in-law Stacy Kurth Tully and her children Kaitlin Tully Kilick (Lucas Kilick), Danielle Tully Boese ( Adam Boese), and Aaron Tully ( Hannah Landon).

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Thomas Aquinas in Derry, NH at 11am on December 7th, 2019. A light memorial reception will follow in the Aquinas center.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kimi-Nichols center:


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for the lost of Maureen She was a great person.

Posted by Karen George - Manchester, NH - Friend   February 12, 2020

Maureen, thank you for teaching me loving kindness and patience. Your smile and laugh are infectious and still warm hearts everywhere with their echoes. We're lucky to have met you. God bless.

Posted by rgm - Austin, TX - Friend   January 13, 2020

Maureen was one of the kindest caring people I knew. She also had a keen wit and was never opposed to lending her opinion on a number of topics. I remember her competing at Field Days at Pinkerton and also in PE class. She never wanted any special treatment only the opportunity to compete and have fun. I know I'm a better person for having the opportunity to know Moe and will miss her very much. Mr. Murphy

Posted by Bryon Murphy - Candia, NH - Teacher   December 08, 2019

Maureen was such a sweetheart she was always nice to everyone . what great person she was all around . i use to go to school with her and i barely ever saw her unhappy she was always smiling. And a good mood. I miss u . hope u enjoy heaven.

Posted by Kimberly Medolo - Nashua nh but use to live i., NH - friend   December 06, 2019

It was such a pleasure and honor to know Maureen who always had a smile and pleasant conversation when I would stop by to see her & her Mom. She was always thoughtful asking about my family. Know that she is with her heavenly family and cured of her illness. RIP Maureen "You Will Be Missed"

Posted by Lynda Blais - Derry, NH - Family Friend   December 05, 2019

She was a great friend to me I competed in special olympics nh with her at the derry rec dept with her and she have a wonderful smile and always so nice to me and to other athletes my condolences to maureen family from special olympics athlete kerry

Posted by Kerry Morency - Littleton, NH - Friend   December 05, 2019

She was a blessing im so happy i had the opportunity to be her friend

Posted by Ernie Amparan - Tecas, TX - Family Friend   December 05, 2019


I remember the girl who had a smile every day for everyone
She was a joy to have in the classroom and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be her teacher at Chester Academy as well as Alysons.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Mrs. Fowler

Posted by Dawna fowler - teacher   December 04, 2019

I knew Maureen from her days at Wings of Change. She was definitely a bright spot in the day for anyone who came to visit and spend time there. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends who will surely miss her greatly. God's blessings upon you all! Sincerely, Sue White

Posted by Sue White - Windham, NH - Acquaintance   December 03, 2019

I knew Maureen from helping Jlene at
Wings of change. Even though I only knew her for a short time, I feel blessed to have known her
She was as much an encouragement to me as I helped out
We always had fun!!!
My sincere prayers are with all of your family
Fondly, Sylvia Newton, Derry NH

Posted by Sylvia Newton - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   December 02, 2019

Goodness, no words aptly describe the joy & love Maureen gave! Meeting her @ age 4 or 5 (I was in my late 20's) changed the game of life for me as I had met Maureen in all her fab glory, she so knew to live life huge irregardless of any obstacles.. Praying for all you Tully's, knowing heaven is fuller and we truly are the richer here on earth having known her at all! Love Sue, Summer & Mac in heaven..

Posted by Sue & Summer Flynn-Meier - Nashville, TN - Friend   December 02, 2019

Her light will stay forever with us. Our hearts are broken but she is free and resting in the arms of the Angel's and our Saviour Jesus Christ! Goodbye for now sweet lady....

Posted by Mary Calder - Auburn, NH - Friend   December 02, 2019


I'm so sorry to hear about her passing she is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family she is Now resting in peace may god be with you and your family always remember the good times you had with her. I do remember Maureen from play among the stars theater group and people power she was a very nice person

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Friend   December 01, 2019

A very sad day for all of us. Mo was a very special person, who was wise beyond her years.She kept things in perspective and taught me some important life lessons. I value the time I had to spend with her and God now has A very special angel....Coach Barry

Posted by John Barry - Madison, NH - Friend   December 01, 2019

If only each of our lives could affect others in such a positive way, we'd be blessed as Maureen is.

Posted by Jerry Fitz. - NE   December 01, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace for all of you.

Posted by Liz Felt Wakeman - Lake in the Hills, IL - Friend   December 01, 2019

Maureen's positive attitude and joyful approach to life were an inspiration to all she met. I'll fondly remember her as a member of the SYA Youth Group. Maureen and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Felix Pineau - 03102, NH - Friend   December 01, 2019

I will always remember the loving person Mo was. I'm sending so much love to the Tully family during this difficult time and prayers for comfort and peace ❤
-Nadia Doty (Turgeon) from Chester, NH

Posted by Nadia Doty - Hooksett, NH - Friend   November 30, 2019

Maureen, You have been an inspiration to me as your sister. You will be missed. Love, your sister, Frances

Posted by Frances Wawrzynek - Manchester, NH - Sister   November 30, 2019


It was a honor to share time with Maureen at Wings of Change and at Challengers Camp. She was a bright light and brought barrels of enthusiasm to every activity. She will be met at the gates of heaven not only by her many family members but also by many of her friends from Wings of Change. They will all be singing, dancing and rejoicing in the Lord.

Posted by Karen Miller - The Villages,, FL - Friend   November 30, 2019

We can only imagine the applause in heaven when they welcomed sweet Maureen and heard her Savior say, Well done, good and faithful servant!!

Posted by Kathy Magarahan - Downingtown, PA - Family Friend   November 30, 2019

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