Mary Mahoney

Mary Mahoney

Monday, July 25th, 1932 Monday, February 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Mary Ann Mahoney

Mary Ann Mahoney
July 25, 1932 - February 17, 2020

Mary Ann Mahoney of Arvada, Colorado passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on February 17, 2020 from lung disease. She taught physical education and coached at Westminster High School, retiring in 1985.

Mary Ann was born in Hays, Kansas to Joseph Martin Mahoney and Marie Cecelia Antoinette Pivonka on July 25, 1932. She graduated from high school in Russell, Kansas and received her BS from the University of Kansas in 1954 and her MS from the University of Colorado in 1970.

A trailblazer in girls interscholastic sports, Mary Ann received The Sportswomen of Colorado Dorothy Mauk Pioneer award in 1984. She was a USA Gymnastics Brevet Judge and was inducted into the Colorado USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997. She was delegation leader for the USA in World and Olympic competitions and she served as Regional Administrative Chair and went on to serve as National Administrative Chair for the Junior Olympic Program. In 1996 she helped direct the John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics Champions during its 34-city tour. In 2010, she was honored for her 35 years of service by the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges.

Mary Ann loved World War II history, classic movies and old TV shows such as Castle and Murder She Wrote. Saving many family heirlooms, she rescued and restored them to their original glory. When she saw a need for floor exercise mats and bar protectors, she started her own company to provide them to the growing gymnastics community . She had a great laugh and loved hearing and telling a good clean joke, Irish or not! She attended all the summer Olympics games since the 1968 games in Mexico. She enjoyed travel in Europe and was especially fond of Ireland. She was a devoted sister, aunt, friend and teacher.

Mary Ann is survived by her sister Kathy Dunn of Stillwater, Oklahoma and a brother, Tim (Joyce) Mahoney of Wichita, Kansas, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Joey and John and her sister Marj Dusay (by only nineteen days) and nephews Randall Dusay and Stanley Tenan. Mary Ann was a member of The Shrine of St Anne Catholic Parish. Her interment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Russell, Kansas at a later date.

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Sending our love, thoughts and prayers to Mary Ann’s family. It is a great loss to the Gymnastics community, especially Colorado. She was a very Grand Lady! Love, Steve and Mary Beth Artemis and the entire Golden Gymnastics Family.
Comment | Posted at 06:05pm via Condolence

Ms Mahoney was a great mentor. She thought I had great speed in track and encouraged me to do better. I met her mornings before school started so she could time me. I didn’t continue with her aspirations for me but sure wish I would have. Thank you Ms Mahoney.
Diana Osborn Frank
Comment | Posted at 09:56am via Condolence

Tiffany Bays

Thank you for you kind words.
Posted at 12:37pm

Melinda and Jim Cross

Sending prayers to Mary Ann’s family.
With love, Jim and Melinda Cross
Comment | Posted at 02:00pm via Condolence

Tiffany Bays

Thank you for your prayers.
Posted at 12:39pm

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