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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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Nora Sparks

I am sorry I am too late to tell Miss Mahoney what her input to my life meant. She was my P.E. teacher but her greatest influence in my life was as a coach. I should have been put into remedial P.E. if there was such a thing. But my best friend in high school was athletic and was on the gymnastics and track teams. I was the nerd who sat in the corner doing homework and waited for her to finish practice.

Miss Mahoney walked by one day and said that she wouldn't have someone sitting through her practices. She made me the team manager. Although this really meant I got to carry equipment and during track, deal with the tedious job of uniform distribution, it made me part of a world I wouldn't have otherwise been able to participate in.

I became a member of GAA and when the boys were pushed by the lack of girls as letterman, I was given a numeral towards a letter. (She and her fellow teachers had pushed for this.)

I never became a great athlete, but I did become an engineer working on avionics on military aircraft. And I count her as one of the influencers of my life to get me there.

I will miss her and am sorry I didn't have the opportunity to tell her this while she was living.
Comment | Posted at 12:09pm via Condolence

Nora Sparks

One last thought. A few years after high school I worked for the university I first graduated from. I went to a convention for college administrators. One of the companies there was displaying bronze medals that they would be providing for the upcoming Olympics (as well as the gold and silver). I got to hold the medal and I thought of her.
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Tiffany Bays

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your condolences. It has been such a comfort to Mary Ann's family to hear your story of how our beloved touched your life. The timing was especially perfect (and not a coincidence, I'm sure) as the holidays were tough for all of us this year. Thank you so very much. Tiffany Bays (Mary Ann's niece)
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MBArtemis

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.
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Sportygal02@msn.com

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.
Fondly,
Diana Osborn Frank
Comment | Posted at 09:56am via Condolence
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Tiffany Bays

Thank you for you kind words.
Posted at 12:37pm
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Melinda and Jim Cross

Sending prayers to Mary Ann’s family.
With love, Jim and Melinda Cross
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Tiffany Bays

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