Mary M. Boland, 97

Registered nurse

November 28, 2007

Mary M. Boland, a retired registered nurse and former Towson resident, died Monday in her sleep at HeartHomes of Lutherville. She was 97.

Mary McHale, one of 12 children, was born and raised in Donegal, Ireland. In 1928, she immigrated to Baltimore and, five years later, married Patrick Joseph Boland. He died in 1949.

Mrs. Boland became a U.S. citizen in 1951. The next year, she graduated from South Baltimore General Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a nurse briefly at Union Memorial Hospital before returning to South Baltimore General Hospital. She was a head nurse at the time of her retirement in 1972.

"She was a real Irish lady who was religious and liked caring for her home and garden," said her daughter, Margaret Boland "Peg" Ousborne of Towson.

Mrs. Boland also enjoyed traveling and had returned to Ireland in 1970.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are a sister, Peggy McHale McDonnell of Cheshire, England; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Mary Frances Mudd, died in 2002.

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