MARY HOLLERAN DAUPHINAIS
Passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013 after a brief stay at Falling Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Berlin, New Hampshire, Mary lived in the Washington, DC area since 1971, when she worked for the presidential campaign of Senator Edmund Muskie. After the election, she remained, retraining herself as a librarian. Working days and going to The Catholic University of America at night, she earned a Master's Degree in Library Science. For 27 years, she worked for the Alexandria City Library system, 18 of which, she was Head of Acquisitions. She then took on the challenges of operating the Duncan Branch as the Head Librarian, which she managed until her retirement. Her professional career was a great source of pride and satisfaction for her.
A great story teller, friend, confidante, mentor, mother and grandmother, she was loved and respected by the many people she touched inside and outside of her profession. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her son Patrick of Novato, CA, his wife Elizabeth and their children William, Alexandra and Josephine, who brought joy that surpassed her deep satisfaction in decades of public service.
She is also survived by the Gullburg, Halle, and Bragdon families and her step-daughter Diane Clarke. She is predeceased by her husband James Dauphinais, her brother James Holleran, and step-son James Dauphinais Jr.
The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Alexandria, VA. Funeral services will be at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the City of Alexandria Public Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, 22304. You may sign the guest registry at