Mary C. Mahoney, 84, interior decorator, card player

April 11, 2006

Mary C. Mahoney, a Baltimore interior decorator, died in her sleep Friday at Blakehurst Retirement Community. She was 84.

She was born Mary Catherine Flannery in Cleveland and moved with her family to Ashburton in 1932. She was a 1939 graduate of Seton High School and earned a bachelor's degree in science and math from the old St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg in 1943.

During World War II, she was a laboratory technician at the Army Chemical Warfare Center at Edgewood Arsenal and a volunteer emergency aide at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In the late 1940s, she began working as an interior designer for Maryland Office Supply and remained there until she left in the early 1960s to raise her family.

In 1978, she established Mahoney & Associates, an interior decorating firm that she continued to operate until she retired in 2002.

Mrs. Mahoney was an avid golfer and bridge player.

In 1960, she married William Woodrow Mahoney, an attorney and lobbyist who had been city public relations director under Mayor J. Harold Grady. He died in 2004.

Mrs. Mahoney was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, at Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are two sons, William W. Mahoney Jr. of Monkton and John M. Mahoney of Towson; a daughter, Kate M. Daley of Catonsville; a brother, James Flannery of Davie, Fla.; a sister, Rosemary Pyle of Timonium; and seven grandchildren.

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