Mary (Cloonan) Begley


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Lawrence - It is with great sadness that the family of Mary T. Begley announces her passing on August 19, 2019 at Academy Manor Nursing Home.

Mary was born in Galway, Ireland, and came to the United States of America when she was 4 years old. She was the oldest child of Edmond and Bridget Dillane Cloonan. Mary grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1940. She attended McIntosh School of Business.

She began her career as an executive secretary at the Pentagon during World War II and then worked for Merrimac Paper Company, Bon Secours Hospital, and Mary Immaculate Nursing Home. She retired from the town of Methuen as the secretary to fire chiefs Duhamel and Nicolosi.

Mary loved life and enjoyed every minute of her 96+ years. She enjoyed many winters in Florida and made several trips to her beloved Ireland. Her fondest memory abroad was a trip to Italy for the canonization of Saint Marguerite D'Youville, where she saw the pope.

Mary was active in various organizations throughout her life. She belonged to the Guild of The Infant Savior, Venerini Auxiliary, the Home for the Little Wanderers, Women of Northern Essex Community College and was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 8. She also served on the Board of Directors for Mary Immaculate, founded the AMI, and was an associate of the Grey Nuns.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and socializing with her many friends. She loved reading mystery novels, doing crossword puzzles, playing bingo, and she was always ready for a good card game of 45s, Gin, or Scat. She loved Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Mary will be forever remembered by her daughters, Kathleen Garvey Connors of Andover, and Paula Begley Mello and her husband Bryan of Princeton; grandchildren Timothy and Jenna Connors of Georgetown, Shaun and Sarah Connors of Wilmington, Mary Cate Connors of Andover, and Breanna, Michaela, and Eliana Mello of Princeton; and great-grandchildren Riley, Parker, Alexis and Olivia Connors.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mary Cloonan Valenti, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her husbands, James J. Garvey and Paul E. Begley, granddaughter Angelica Mello, sister Eileen Curry Cardone, brothers Patrick, Edmond, Matthew, and John Cloonan and son-in-law Anthony (Butch) Connors.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. Monica's Church, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Nevus Outreach Inc, 361 Southwest Drive, #353, Jonesboro, AR 72404. For directions or to send condolences, please visit
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Published on August 21, 2019
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Rick and Marlene English
Aug 26, 2019
Kathy and Paula,
Your mother was so special to me as a young woman, and I loved seeing her during the holidays at Tradewinds when my parents were living there and we had moved to Texas. She helped me discover a career path during my sophomore year in college, and the choice was perfect for me. Such a wonderful woman, always so patient and kind! We send you our deepest sympathy, and I'll always think of her with love.
Craig Martin
Aug 24, 2019
Will always remember the Good times in St. Patrick's C.Y.O. with Mrs. Begley .
Ann Cote
Aug 23, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of Nary who was go kind and sweet. I always think if her very fondly.
Pam Schwing
Aug 21, 2019
One of my favorite memories was when Mary would sit at the nurse station and watch all the activity happening at the intersection on A2. Sometimes she would have funny comments pertaining to the activity on the Unit. Mary will be missed by all the A2 family.
June and Keith Fredrickson
Aug 21, 2019
Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss of dearest Mary. She was a delight and wonderful soul. Our condolences to you and your family.
I am sure she will be making God smile with her wonderful stories.