Ann R. Mahoney On September 11, 2012 the indomitable spirit of Ann R. Mahoney (Ana) suddenly left this worldly plane. Ana was 68 years young and, even though her illness was swift, she was at peace with herself when she left this life. Ana would frequently say the last five years were the best years of her life. She found her dream job, her soul mate and she was the happiest she had ever been. Ana loved people and used her many skills and her gift of infectious optimism to better the lives of many in this county. Before Ana's passing, she served as the Executive Director of Plowshares Peace and Justice Center. After a long and varied career in health and human services, she served on the Boards of North Coast Opportunities (NCO), the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and the Community Development Commission (CDC). She was also a member of the South Ukiah Rotary, a service group that she was very proud to be a part of. Ana started this life as Ann Ruth Boyce, born in San Mateo, CA on February 28, 1944. Ana graduated from San Jose State University in 1966 with a B.A. in Experimental Psychology. Ana was a Peace Corps volunteer in Yap, Micronesia and later became a consultant in Saipan. From 1970 through 1975, she was with MITRE Research Corporation as an Engineering Analyst and Division Administrator. Ana was married to Francis B. Mahoney of Berkeley, CA at Saipan, Marianas Islands from 1967 to 1979. Ana held administrative positions with the city of Berkeley, the County of Mendocino and the Center for Education and Manpower Resources. She had her own consulting firm, A.R. Mahoney & Associates. One of Ana's most rewarding positions was Hospital Administrator for Mendocino Community Hospital from 1987 until closing. Ana loved helping people and found operating a hospital a most rewarding service. One of Ana's final public service positions was as the Interim Health and Human Services (Agency) Director in 2005-06. Ana wanted to help the staff and clients with the transition to the Agency and worked hard to develop a respectful environment of trust and competence. Ana left behind the love of her life, Carmel Angelo of Ukiah, CA and Carmel's two children, Gina Goodman of Rohnert Park and Zak Goodman of San Diego. Ana is survived by her twin brother, Phil Boyce, her niece, Sharon Boyce Bender, Sharon's husband, The Reverend Rick Bender and Rick and Sharon's twins, Ava and James, all of Saratoga, CA. Ana's life was filled with love from their three dogs, Habebe, Fefe and Rosie. Along with Ana's family, she has been blessed with many friends and colleagues who loved her dearly. The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to the staff of Saint Helena Hospital, including Dr. Ethan Schram of the Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center, Dr. Leis of St. Helena and Ana's friends, Kathleen Dolan and Debbie Santos, who guided Ana's family through the last two days of Ana's life. Ana's family and friends have organized a community celebration of Ana's life to be held at Plowshares Peace and Justice Center on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 11:00am. Plowshares is located at 1346 South State Street, Ukiah CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Plowshares P.O. Box 475 Ukiah, CA 95482-0475.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Sept. 16, 2012