Mary Jean Maloney
Age 88, of Claremont, died Thursday, July 24, at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana. She was born Mary Jean Brice at home in Pomona, California on March 14, 1926 to John Joseph Brice and Mary Ellen (Whalen) Brice. She attended Pomona schools, including Emerson Junior High, Pomona High School and The Academy of the Holy Names (now Pomona Catholic Girls HS). She also attended Pomona Junior College and graduated in 1947 from Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood, California. She was the first girl in the band at Emerson, and greatly enjoyed leading the band as a Majorette at Pomona JC.
She married Robert E (Bob) Maloney in 1948 and was married to him for 56 years when he died in November of 2004. Together they had four children. When her children were young she was a stay-at-home mom, volunteering to help at Our Lady of the Assumption School, and serving as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. After she and Bob took over the family business, Mac's Auto Body, Inc in Pomona in the 1960's she "kept the books", and continued to do so for her son, Kevin, until at 80 years old, she had open heart surgery. As a co-owner of Mac's Auto Body she was active in the Pomona Chamber of Commerce, and served as an "ambassador" in that organization. When her two youngest children were still at home, Mary Jean got her real estate license and was an agent at Century 21 for several years.
An early member of OLA parish, Mary Jean often spoke of the days before the church at Bonita and Berkeley was built. She was a longtime member of St. Lucy's Guild, supporting the Benedictine nuns who taught her children. She was also a Life Member of the Assistance League of Pomona Valley, and part of its Lazy Susan's auxiliary. As a member of the American Association of University Women, she participated in several interest groups. Her other activities included her beloved Birthday Girls, Jolly Girls, several Bridge Groups, Scripps Fine Arts, the Rembrandt Club and Campus Women. She was a knitter. Her favorite hobby was sending Birthday Cards to friends, relatives and acquaintances.
Survivors include her four children, Ellen Dauchy of Ontario, Brian Maloney (Cathy) of Shingle Springs, Kevin Maloney (Valerie) of Upland, and Maureen Gorski of Ontario; eight grandchildren, Philip Dauchy (Rachel) of Irvine, Patrick Maloney of Shingle Springs, Ryan Maloney of Upland, Corinne Maloney of Orange, Dan Maloney of Shingle Springs, Brice Maloney (Amanda) of Upland, Lauren Gorski of Los Angeles, and Carolyn Gorski of San Jose; two great-grandchildren, Maren and Colin Dauchy; her brother-in-law, Ed Maloney and two nieces and nephews . She also leaves behind her many beloved friends. She made friends easily and kept them as well.
A Mass in celebration of her life will take place on Tuesday, August 5th at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave, Claremont., (909)626-3596. There will be a reception immediately following at her home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your
. Todd Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Todd Memorial Chapel - Claremont Chapel
325 North Indian Hill Boulevard Claremont, CA 91711
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Aug. 3, 2014