Family and friends mourn the passing of Marian Gene Dougherty (Gruenwald), beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, from pneumonia, leaving us with a gentle kiss and smile. She was born Aug. 26, 1925 and raised in Maquoketa, Iowa. She died Dec. 28, 2019.
Marian trained as a registered nurse at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. After completing her training, Marian worked in Denver, Colo. and, after a couple of years, came to Livermore, Calif., to join her parents, Frank and Edna Gruenwald and her brother Frank, Jr.
She met her husband J. Gordon Dougherty (deceased in 2013) in Livermore and raised their eight children in Livermore and Mariposa, Calif. Her quiet strength was the solid foundation for her husband and her family and will be sorely missed.
Her modesty and kindness were evident to all; her subtle but cunning wit caught many by surprise, as did her amazing ability to win most every Scrabble, Bananagrams, dominoes and card game. She enjoyed the compliments about her skill, admitting only to being “very lucky.”
Her 50-year career as a registered nurse brought comfort and healing to countless patients who received her caring attentions in many California hospitals (Valley Memorial in Livermore, John C. Fremont in Mariposa, Mercy Medical Center in Merced).
She is survived by son, Doug Dougherty and wife Cathy Lewis and granddaughters Caitlin and Sarah; daughter Linda Lazzareschi and husband Steve and grandson Dan and wife Jessica Brown (great-grandchildren Rosie and Luca); grandson Michael and wife Mina Manchester, (great-grandchildren Sisu and Maru); daughter Patricia and granddaughter Meghann Lemle; grandson Ian Lemle and wife Kate (great-grandchildren Abigail, Lincoln, Eleanor); daughter Sharon and husband Ed LaRue and grandchildren Analise and Clayton; surviving children of son James Dougherty, grandchildren Jesse Dougherty, Cecilia Dougherty (great-grandchildren Mikiah and Emma), Crystal Dougherty Hacker and husband Pete; daughter Brenda Dougherty and grandchildren Zoe and Mia Rodriguez; son Kevin Dougherty; and daughter Colleen Dougherty and husband Rob Stemple; granddaughter Jennifer Bishop and husband Dane (great-grandsons Hobbes and Cavendish Daneson); granddaughter Lauren Griffin and husband Kevin (great-grandchildren Gwennyn and Ace.)
She leaves behind her enduring legacy of love of family and care for others.
Services will be private at St. Joseph’s Church in Mariposa.