Mary Hogan Goss, a retired Baltimore County special-education bus attendant, department store sales associate and homemaker, died of cancer Oct. 25 at her Perry Hall home. She was 81.
Born Mary Teresa Hogan in Baltimore and raised on Ravenwood Avenue, she attended the Shrine of the Little Flower School and was a 1946 graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She attended what is now Towson University.
During a men's league football game at Herring Run Park, she met her future husband, Francis X. Goss, an electrician and real estate broker. She was riding through the park on horseback and stopped to watch the game.
The couple married in 1952 and raised seven children in a home that Mr. Goss built in Perry Hall. The family also kept horses, cows, pigeons, ducks and rabbits and grew its vegetables on the small farm.
She began working at Sherrick's grocery store in Northeast Baltimore when she was 12. She worked at Macy's, formerly the Hecht Co., in White Marsh until being incapacitated by her illness earlier this year. She had also been a special-education school bus attendant for Baltimore County public schools for many years.
Family members said Mrs. Goss enjoyed reading, trying new recipes and crocheting. She also attended high school and college concerts and theater productions. She traveled to Germany with her husband and visited old churches and sampled local dishes. They said she learned the country's history and spoke German to those she met.
For the past 25 years, Mrs. Goss joined a group of friends to walk and swim in mornings at what is now the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus.
She spent her summers on the Susquehanna River at the cabin her husband built in 1962. There she water-skied and kayaked.
"She was a trusted and good-natured friend and maintained relationships with families she had known since childhood," said her daughter, Gretchen Derewicz of Hunt Valley. "She willingly gave a hand whenever she was asked. She was dependable, reliable and had a strong work ethic."
A Mass was offered Friday at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in Bradshaw, where she was a member.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include two sons, Eric Goss and Gregory Goss, both of Abingdon; four other daughters, Terry Goss of Baltimore, Patricia Goss of Hunt Valley, Eileen McArdle of Annapolis and Regina Goss of Perry Hall; two brothers, Albert Hogan of Alamo, Calif., and George Hogan of Lutherville; two sisters, Audrey Kelly of Perry Hall and Lillian Schiavone of Kingsville; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years died in 2005.