Mary Hurley was born August 26, 1919, in Palmer, MA, to John Edward Hurley and Jane Roche Hurley. She grew up in Longmeadow, MA, with her sister, Jane, and brothers, Jack and Bobby. She graduated from Classical High School in Springfield and Arlington Hall. |
Mary moved to Boston for a career with American Airlines, which fostered her wanderlust for travel. She married William O'Neil in 1965 and moved to his hometown of Barrington, RI, where they enjoyed an active social life at the Rhode Island Country Club until Bill's death in 1976. Mary remained close to the O'Neil stepchildren.
Mary was a regular visitor to La Jolla, CA, where she visited Jane and John Murphy, her sister and brother-in-law. She subsequently moved to La Jolla and married Bruce Hazard of San Diego in 1979. They enjoyed life to the fullest and travelled extensively until Bruce passed away in 2001. Bruce had three children with his late wife, Mabel Grant Hazard. Bruce Hazard was a prominent businessman and very active in the San Diego community and Mary was always supportive – whether it benefitted the Boy Scouts, the Zoological Society of San Diego or a Republican candidate. They enjoyed a wide circle of friends and were well known for hosting a Fourth of July party at their lovely Mission Hills home.
In her later years, "Maisie" as she was known to her extended family and friends, was a fixture at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Most every afternoon she could be found at her favorite spot along the esplanade where she enjoyed her walks, reading and visiting with friends. She was particularly close to her six Murphy nieces and nephews and was always included in their holidays and family events. On August 3, 2012, Mary was at the beach with four generations of family including great-great nieces and nephews. She was very appreciative of the support and care that she received from the staff at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club as well as La Jolla Nurses, who extended her quality of life for several years.
Mary Hazard passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2012, three days shy of her 93rd birthday.
She is survived by her brother, Bobby; six stepchildren and their offspring; and 16 nieces and nephews and their offspring.
A private Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
Published in La Jolla Light on Sept. 6, 2012