Sorry if this is a repost but I'm not sure if my first reply went through:
My name is Brian Foley and I live in New York. Mary Ellen was my grandmother! She married Matt Foley in 1935 and had 2 sons: James Foley in '36 and Eugene Foley in '38. James is my dad and Eugene my uncle and they both still live in the New York City area. My father James can probably answer more than I can. We also know plenty of Howleys in our area!