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Mary Dowdy NOLAN

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NOLAN, Mary Dowdy Mary Nolan, age 44, passed away on January 24, 2013. She was an Atlanta native, born on March 6, 1968. Mary was a true inspiration. Diagnosed with late stage lymphoma 17 years ago, she was determined to overcome it, and she did, with an optimistic attitude and faith in God that was awe-inspiring to watch. Mary did more than simply participate in her too short life, she seized each day with boundless energy and contagious enthusiasm. Her laughter was infectious, and she will be remembered for her fun loving, adventurous spirit. Although her cancer treatments damaged one lung beyond use, that did not slow her down. She continued to pursue her passions, including tennis, travel, concerts, Georgia Bulldog games, Bible study, youth group ministry, and outings with her beloved girlfriends. Mary's greatest joy was reserved for her husband, Michael Devlin Nolan, who she married in October 2005. The past 7 years have been her happiest, and she loved Mike with every fiber of her being. Mary is a 1986 graduate of Redan High School, and a 1990 graduate of the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. She was incredibly smart and determined, beginning her career with Arthur Anderson, and ending it with Orange. In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her father, Robert Dowdy; step mother, Anne; sister, Kathy William (husband Brian, children Alex, Ashley, and Ethan); mother-in-law, Susan Nolan; siblings-in-law (and spouses) - Meg Rogue (Frank), Katie Thompson (Corey), Tim Nolan (Jeanne); and step siblings - Mark Denton (Kelly), Paul Denton (Kellie), Steve Denton (Jane), and Debbie McNamara. Mary is also survived by her extended family and 3 godchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother, Brooks Woodard Dowdy and her father-in-law, Tom Nolan. A memorial will be held at North Point Community Church, 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA on Tuesday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. Reception at the church will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Atlanta Humane Society, Compassion Int'l, or the .
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 28, 2013
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