2017-09-21 / Obituaries

Mary Loughran

Mary Loughran died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2017, in the arms of her husband of 13 years, Terry.

Mary Aileen was born Sept. 25, 1932 to Mary and Robert Pyke in Alameda, Calif. She attended St. Joseph’s grammar school and Notre Dame High School. She continued her education at the University of California-Berkley and St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, graduating as a registered nurse. She became a Sister of Mercy during this time.

Mary worked as a hospital nurse for 25 years in Phoenix, Ariz., San Diego and Oxnard. She was a supervisor of nursing for much of the time but was hands-on in the care of patients and their families. That dedication led her to enroll in the University of San Francisco where she earned a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. She worked as a counselor at various Bay Area locations. In the late 1980s, Mary left the Mercy Sister’s community but continued to work as a private counselor in the Bay Area.

In 2003, Mary met Terry Loughran again at a memorial service for a members of the eighth grade in Alameda. They married soon after. In 2006, Mary retired and moved to Mariposa with her husband. They quickly became volunteers at Manna House and served three terms as co-presidents. She became treasurer of the Safe Families Board and also served as head of the advisory board of Bridges, a new program to train mentors for young people recovering from addiction. She was also an active member of the St. Joseph’s community.

Mary was preceded in death by her older sister, Anita and her brother, Robert Pyke. She remained close to her nieces and their families: Mary (Muffy) Hanlon and her husband, Scot; son Ryan and her daughter, Danielle; Katherine (Katie) and her husband, Ron Gilardi; Joslyn ( Jossie) Hammerstrom; and her husband and daughters Morgan and Gracie; Mini Hood and her son Myles.

There will be a celebration of Mass for Mary at St. Joseph’s Church on Friday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, persons can make a donation in honor of Mary at any of the non-profit groups for which she served.

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