Mary A. Mulholland
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AGE: 85 • Morristown
Mary A. Mulholland, 85, of Morristown passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013 at St. Clare's Hospital, Denville after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Robert E. Mulholland and the devoted mother of Patricia Poland of Far Hills, Moira and James Durivage of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Robert E. Mulholland of Atlanta, Georgia, Kevin W. Mulholland of Lyndhurst NJ, General Sean P. Mulholland of Homestead, Florida, Sheila and Frank Kettles of Chesterfield, New Jersey. Mary was the beloved grandmother of Kathryn Poland Hetman and Michael Hetman, Amy Poland Callahan and Keith Callahan, Paige Poland Durnan and William Durnan, Thomas Poland, Adare Durivage, Colleen Mulholland, Casey Mulholland Moore and Geoff Moore, Meghan Mulholland, Kaitlin Mulholland, SGT Kevin Mulholland, Danielle Mulholland, Theresa Van Houten Whaby, Brian Van Houten, Colton Mulholland, Mack Mulholland, Honor Mulholland, Chase Mulholland, Margaret Kettles and Andrew Kettles. Mary was the great grandmother to Gabriel Whaby, Dakota and Daphne Callahan and Sage Hetman.
Mary was a graduate from St. Elizabeth's College where she earned an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities. Mary dedicated her life to Service for the Community and Service to those in need---the poor, the suffering, the addicted, and offered hope and inspiration to all who knew her. She worked full time and as a volunteer for the past 50 years for St. Clare's Health System and helped to build Riverside, St Clare's and Dover General Hospitals in the State of New Jersey. She was President of the St. Clare's Auxiliary and one of its founding members in the 1960's and 1970's. She went on to help form the Foundation for St. Clare's and Dover General to help raise money for the expansion of both those institutions. Mary also helped found the St. Clare's Cancer Walk having personally battled the disease twice in her lifetime to raise funds for Cancer Research and for the support of the Cancer Center at St Clare's Hospital. After retiring from St. Clare's last year, Mary went to work for Pharmaceutical Review Service in East Hanover, New Jersey.
Mary was well known for the fund raising efforts she created in the State of New Jersey. She developed The DOPE OPEN Golf Tournament which became the most successful Charity Golf event and longest running in the history of the state which started in 1968 and ran for the next 42 years. Through those efforts Mary was able to raise over 15 million dollars to help fund and build Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers which were the first of its kind in New Jersey that helped Children and Adults struggling with the disease. She helped found Hope House, Daytop Village, Inc and Morris AfterCare Clinic and supported Drug and Education Programs through Law Enforcement and DARE Programs for thousands of children annually. The DOPE OPEN also supported the New Jersey Battered Woman, Domestic Violence Programs and AIDS Programs for the Community. Mary shared her knowledge with others in fundraising and taught them how to serve the community. In doing so, she touched thousands of lives and inspired many to 'pay it forward'. She was a gifted speaker and inspiration to all who knew her with her passion for service and her message of Hope. Mary personally raised over 50 million dollars for the charities she supported over her lifetime.
Mary has won hundreds of accolades for her tireless volunteerism and selfless service for the people of New Jersey. She has won two Presidential Point of Light Medals, The Ecclesiastes Medal from Pope John Paul II, The Governor's Award, The New Jersey PRIDE Award, The NJ State Senate Award, The Woman of the Year from the United States Secret Service, New Jersey Medical Society, New Jersey Bar Association, Girl Scouts of America, 200 Club, New Jersey Judges Association, Chief of Police Association of New Jersey, The New Jersey State Troopers, Grand Marshall of Morristown's St. Patrick's Day Parade, Irish American Society, Medical Society of Morris County, Honorary Member of the United States Special Operations for her work on behalf of the Military and their families, Lifetime Achievement from the Morris Country Chamber of Commerce and the Dover Rotary, Humanitarian of the Year and Lifetime Achievement for her Beloved Hope House and Daytop Village Inc. and Lifetime Achievement Award from St. Clare's Heath System.
Mary's life was an amazing example of leadership, courage, fortitude, passion, selfless service for others and family and always offering hope to those in need. Mary was the flag bearer for volunteerism in the State of New Jersey displayed by her example in action every day of her life. She leaves a legacy of family and friends who will miss her generous spirit, her integrity and her courage. Mary has shown us all what it means to have a heart for God and to live life in the present tense.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Assumption, Morristown on Tuesday at 10:00am hours of Visitation at Doyle Funeral Home, 106 Maple Ave., Morristown on Monday from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers the Mulholland Family asks that donations in her memory be sent to: Daytop New Jersey, ATTN: Terry Carroll, P.O. Box 310, 80 W. Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945.
Doyle Funeral Home
106 Maple Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Published in Daily Record from June 8 to June 9, 2013