Obituary: Mary Mulligan, long-time Darien resident, St. John’s parishioner

Mary Mulligan, a long-time Darien resident, died on Sept. 22 after a courageous battle with cancer at her daughter’s house in Greenwich.  She was born the oldest of 10 children on  May 13, 1933 in Kiltimagh County Mayo, Ireland to Patrick and Mary McDonagh.

Mrs. Mulligan immigrated to the United States in 1952.  She worked as a nanny for a family in New York City and for several families in Darien.  She met her husband Christopher at an Irish dance at the Jaeger House in New York City.   They married Oct 1, 1960 and lived in Sunnyside Queens.  They moved to Darien in 1967 where Mrs. Mulligan was a member of St John’s Parish, The Darien Boat Club, and volunteered at the Yellow Balloon Consignment Shop.  She was also a member of the Fairfield County Gaelic Club. Mrs. Mulligan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, and exercising at the Darien YMCA.

She was predeceased by her husband Christopher in 2001.  She is survived by her son Kevin and his wife Colleen of High Point, North Carolina and their children Mathew and Christine.  She is also survived by her daughter Michelle and her husband James O’Dea of Greenwich,  and their son Aidan.  Surviving siblings include Ann Levy of Scottsdale, Arizona, Tom McDonagh of Middlesboro England, Marcella Starkey of New London, New Hampshire, William McDonagh of Palm Coast, Florida, Michael McDonagh of Middlesboro England, and James McDonagh of Kiltimagh Ireland.  She was predeceased by three siblings, Eileen Hyland, Theresa Scharpf, and Patrick McDonagh.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the care and support provided by Dr. Tracy Silva of Stamford,  and Dr Chau Dang of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

A mass to honor her memory will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10:00 am  St. John’s Church in Darien.  Interment will be Lakeview Cemetery New Canaan.

Memorial donations may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society.