Mary Louise (Bennett) Mahoney

2009-08-02T00:00:00Z Mary Louise (Bennett) Mahoney The Billings Gazette
August 02, 2009 12:00 am

On August 1, 2009, our beloved Mom, Mary, peacefully slipped into the arms of Our Lord for her dance with Jesus and joyfully reunited with Dad, the love of her life. Our Mom's presence remains a continual source of comfort, and we will miss her deeply. Mom was born July 25, 1936, in Reading, Mass., the only child of Charles and Josephine Bennett. Mom graduated with honors from nursing school at Massachusetts General, and following graduation made her way west to Butte, Mont., where she met and married Dad, becoming an honorary Irishwoman. Mom touched many lives with her caring attitude and patient ways in her over 35 years as a Registered Nurse.

Mary gave all of her love to her husband and children. She wed Dennis Eugene Mahoney on June 21, 1958, in Butte. Together they built a home of love and support and raised six children. Her family was her pride and joy. Mary is survived by her six children and their families: Colleen Fitzgerald and granddaughters Jennifer (Paul) and Erin; Shawn (Kathy) and grandchildren Jim, Katie and Nicole Lunstad and Josh and Ryan Christensen; Kathleen (John) Sharp and grandchildren Kelcey and Nathan; Maureen Mahoney and granddaughter McKenna Fedora; Shannon (Patrick) Loughery and grandchildren Kaileigh and Brogan; Michael (Kylie) and grandson Parker. Buster, her cat, was her steadfast and cherished companion. Mom is also survived by many nieces and nephews from her extended family, both in Montana and her home state of Maine. Mom has also been blessed with many friends and her church family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Eugene Mahoney, parents Charles and Josephine Bennett, and many beloved pets.

Mary enjoyed her pets, knitting, and gardening. Ever the consummate catalog shopper, Mom could always find the perfect, most thoughtful gift for anyone, for any occasion, and brought holiday decorating to new heights. She scoured the newspaper daily and could also always find the best price in town for fresh vegetables. Mom also loved to watch educational TV and could always tell you the "Who Done What, Where, and When" from historical and informational programs.

Thank you, Lord, for giving us such a wonderful and loving woman to be Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, and friend. You have blessed our lives indescribably through her. Please bless and watch over her eternally until we can all meet again in Your presence. Amen.

A special thanks for the loving care Mom received from both Riverstone Hospice during her short time at home and the staff of third floor Fortin at St. Vincent's Hospital. We will thank you with our kindness to others.

Visitation for Mary will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Vigil Services will be 7 p.m. Monday with Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Tuesday, both at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. Committal will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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