Mary McLure Mulloy

Published 6:44 pm Friday, August 16, 2013

Mary McLure Mulloy, 91 died on April 17th, 201, in Tallahassee, Florida. Mary was the eldest child of William Rankin McLure and Leila Fuqua McLure. She grew up in Pike County, Alabama and graduated from Pike County High School. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Troy University. In 1940, Mary married Joseph F. Ward. After World War II, they settled in Geneva, Alabama where Mary taught elementary school and was an active member of the community.

After Joseph’s death in 1967, Mary returned to school in 1969, and in 1970, received a master’s in library science from Florida State University. She worked as a reference librarian at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama, and at both Troy University’s Fort Rucker and main campuses. She married William “Bill” Mulloy in 1973. In 1988 she moved to Tallahassee to be with her daughter, Mary Jane, and her family.

In 1993, after Bill’s death, Mary moved to the Westminster Oaks Retirement Community where she spent many happy years, enjoying painting, piano and organ, bridge, travel, and developing many close friendships. She loved her family and was a central part of their lives. She relished being “Gran” to her three granddaughters, Katie, Kelsey and Rebecca.

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Mary is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane Ward Mayo (John) of Tallahassee, Florida, her three granddaughters, Katherine Mayo Hughes (Warner) of Tucson, Arizona, Kelsey Ward Mayo (Michael Taylor) of Berkeley, California, and Rebecca Ward Mayo of Macon, Georgia, as well as three great-grandchildren, Rice Hughes, Grace Hughes and Caroline Taylor. She is also survived by her sister, Nell Arnold of Montgomery, Alabama, a niece Mary Elizabeth Rothe (Neil) of Germantown, Tennessee, and a great niece, Beth Mathews (John) of Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, she is survived by her nieces, Priscilla McLure Beasley of Montgomery, AL, Deborah McLure Ilyia of Coda De Caza, California, Melissa McLure Baker of Ozark, Alabama and a nephew William Rankin “Bubba “ McLure III of Montgomery, Alabama and their children.

Mary was preceded in death by her first husband Joseph Franklin Ward, her second husband, William E. Mulloy, and her brother William Rankin McLure II.

A family graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Brundidge, Alabama is planned for Monday, August 19th at 11:00 am.

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