Mary Louise Haggerty, 93, of Norfolk, Mass., formerly of Scranton, died Thursday at Medway Country Manor, Medway, Mass., surrounded by family members. Her husband, John J. Haggerty, died Nov. 20, 2000. They were married 52 years.
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Born in Scranton on July 18, 1919, she was the daughter of the late attorney James D. and Regina Kelley Jordan. She attended St. Paul's High School and was salutatorian of her 1938 graduating class. She was an accomplished pianist in her youth and played the organ at St. Paul's Church.
She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Marywood College in 1942 and taught at high schools in Paulsboro and Elizabeth, N.J., before returning to Scranton prior to her 1948 marriage. Later, she taught at St. Clare School in Scranton and was a substitute teacher for Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19.
In 1954, she and John built a home on Park Street in the Green Ridge section. John happily resided there for 45 years and Mary Louise for 54 years. They loved their wonderful neighbors.
She was a skillful bridge player and a member of several bridge clubs. She delighted in the family joke that if bridge were poker, her husband would not have to work for a living.
She was a 50-year member of St. Clare Church and was active in its societies. She was a longtime member and former president of the Marian Convent Guild, a member of the Theresians of Scranton and St. Joseph's Center auxiliary. She was a former board member and secretary of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. She was a member of the Century Club of Scranton and was active for more than 65 years in the Marywood University Alumni Association.
She lived for more than 23 years after undergoing open-heart surgery in 1990. Even into her mid-80s, it was common to see Mary Louise driving retired nuns to appointments or taking them out to lunch. Mary Louise moved to Massachusetts in 2006, but retained many fond memories of Scranton.
Her father, brother and two nephews were graduates of the University of Notre Dame and she held great pride in her family's long association with the school.
Mary Louise was a kind, generous, thoughtful, intelligent and compassionate person. She was a devoted and patient wife, mother and grandmother. She had tremendous capacity to deal with adversity and could always be counted on to provide perspective and emotional balance during troubling times facing her family and many friends. She was slow to anger, quick to forgive and a fearless moral compass for her family. Her personal strength and sterling character were rooted in her solid faith.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, attorney Mary Catherine and Jonathan E. Hubbard, Norfolk, Mass; a son and daughter-in-law, James G. and Eileen Gilroy Haggerty, Dunmore; two granddaughters, Julia Louise Haggerty and Clare Gilroy Haggerty, both of Dunmore; beloved nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, attorney Richard J. Jordan; and five sisters-in-law, Mary M. Jordan, Catherine M. Davis, Mae A. Burke, Beatrice P. Crasner and Anne Haggerty.
The family is deeply grateful to Christine Maguire for the devotion and care she extended to Mary Louise the last four years.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clare Church, 2201 N. Washington Ave. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
To offer an online condolence visit O'Donnell funeral. com. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509; or to St. Paul's Parish, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, 18509.
Albert P O'Donnell Funeral Home
2025 Green Ridge St
Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on July 7, 2013