MELROSE — Mary (Barron) Hogan, 85, of Melrose, passed away on March 16.
Mary was born in Boston on May 31, 1929. She graduated from Gate of Heaven High School and Middlesex Community College. In the late 1950s she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a decoding clerk for the Central Intelligence Agency. She returned to the Boston area where she met her husband John. They moved to Melrose and she lived there for the past 52 years.
Mary had a long, distinguished career as a paralegal at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She received several prestigious awards while working there. In 1986, she was granted the Award for Excellence presented to her by former Secretary of Transportation, Elizabeth Dole.
Mary enjoyed reading and traveling. She was proud to have visited nearly 40 of the 50 U.S. states. She loved her career and the friendships she gained there, but what she treasured most was her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Hogan was the beloved wife of the late John Hogan. She was the loving mother of Marilyn “Lyn” Doran and her husband Stephen of North Reading, Joann O’Keefe and her husband Patrick of Greenland, NH, Thomas Hogan and his wife Christine of Sandwich, Matthew Hogan and his wife Dara of Andover and the late Nancy M. Hogan. She was the cherished grandmother of John, Alexandra, Luke and Peter O’Keefe, Amanda, Sara and James Doran, Katie and TJ Hogan and Kevin and Kealy Hogan. She was the loving sister of Eileen Sullivan of Norwood, Thomas Barron of Springfield and the late Joseph and Robert Barron. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Thursday, March 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral from the Gately Funeral Home is Friday morning, March 20, at 10:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield, at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to the Melrose Public Library, 69 West Emerson St. Melrose, MA 02176. To send a message of condolence please visit www.gatelyfh.com.