LAUREL — Mary A. Foley, long-time Laurel resident and well-known nurse, died Tuesday, April 6, 2011, at The Crossings in Laurel. She was 93.
She was an avid bowler, participating in two leagues for many years, and she continued to bowl into her mid-80s. She mowed her own lawn and shoveled her own sidewalks into her early-90s.
She was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and a member of the Legion of Mary and the Altar Society. She was an avid reader and a sports enthusiast, watching TV events for hours. She loved to play bingo at the Laurel Senior Citizen Center.
She was born Aug. 31, 1917, in Butte, the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Resnick) Klopcich. She was a graduate of Red Lodge High School and earned a degree as a registered nurse from the program at St. Vincent Hospital. Over the years, she worked in Laurel for Drs. Ted Vye, Matt Calvert and Lee Richardson.
She married Joseph F. Foley, on Sept. 13, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1989.
Survivors include a son, Dan (Lela) of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a daughter, Pat (Dick) Curnutt of Everett, Wash.; two grandchildren, Christopher (Amy) of Columbia, S.C., and Bridget (Mike) Chamberlin of Cincinnati; six great-grandchildren, Michael, Joseph and Kathleen Foley, of Columbia, and Abby, Ben and Elizabeth Chamberlin of Cincinnati; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Joe Klopcich; and a sister, Frances M. Rothe.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, 317 W. 7th St., followed by rite of committal at the Laurel Cemetery and a luncheon at the parish hall. Smith Funeral Chapels is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. Anthony Church, the Laurel Public Library or the Laurel Senior Citizens Center.