Mary Catherine Delaney
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Mary Delaney, age 86, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2021. She was born September 20, 1935 in Washington, D.C. to James, from County Sligo, and Ellen, from County Kerry, Ireland. She married the love of her life, Richard "Dick" Delaney, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown on October 10, 1964. They spent 15 years in Baltimore, Maryland before Dick's career as an attorney with Exxon took the family to Houston, Texas in 1983. After 37 years in the Champions area she and Dick moved to Dallas, Texas in May of this year to be closer to their son, Michael.
Coming from a devout Catholic family, Mary's faith was a guiding force in her life. Both she and Dick were active members of Prince of Peace Catholic Community in Houston, serving in various roles throughout the years. Their philanthropy extended to many organizations supporting those less fortunate, medical research and academic institutions. She was also an active member of the neighborhood Woman's Club serving as President at one time. For many years she enjoyed playing tennis at the local Tennis Club. She was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed hosting family dinners especially at the holidays. Intelligent, abreast of current events and, until her last breath, Mary had an excellent memory, telling stories with precise detail.
Together, Mary and Dick loved to travel. During their marriage they visited places near and far throughout the Unites States, Canada, Europe and Asia bringing keepsakes home as remembrances.
During a happy 57 years of marriage, Mary and Dick were devoted to each other and their two sons, Kevin Joseph, from Denver, and Michael Padraic, from Dallas.
Mary was the oldest of five children in a close-knit Irish family and loved everything Irish from music and dancing to the Irish countryside. She was so proud of her heritage. Talking about Ireland brought a sparkle to her eyes and brought out her beautiful smile.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Dick, her sons Kevin and Michael, sister Peggy Whitty of Bethesda, MD, her cousin Sister Mary Louise Full, FSC and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Jimmy, Rita and Eddie. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.
Please join us celebrating her life Friday morning October 22, 2021, for funeral mass at Christ the King at 10:00 a.m. at 8017 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75225. The rite of committal will be celebrated immediately following at Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery at 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.