Lois M. Mahoney May 2, 1933 ~ November 27, 2020
Lois M. Mahoney, 87, daughter and only child of the late Frank & Margaret (Gearty) Hamilton was born May 2, 1933 and was called home to be with the Lord on November 27, 2020.
She lived on Sylvan Street in Malden with her parents and aunt Helen “Bobo” Cronin up until September 6, 1953 when she and the late Richard (Dick) Mahoney, a returning Air Force veteran, were married.
Dick died in 2010 after 57 years of marriage. Lois and Dick had three children: Rick, Scott and Moira, and Lois was blessed with six grandchildren: Kristin, Tim, Jake, Kelsi, Josh and Danny, the true joys of her life. Lois also had two great-grandchildren Joey and Mike who also gave her no end of joy and pride.
Lois’ life centered around her children and her friends. Summer vacations were spent on Lake Winnisquam at the house on the point and many a night was spent at the Double Decker dining on chicken salad and then heading to Weirs beach for dessert, mini-golf and games on the boardwalk. Traditions were big with Lois, the earliest being the good Catholic fish Fridays from Babin’s in Malden or the ever popular creamed tuna on toast.
Like her husband, Lois was very active in the early days of the Irish American Association of Malden, serving as the President of the Ladies Auxiliary, immediately following the presidency of her mother Margaret. But her biggest pleasure was attending the Saturday night socials at the I A with her “gang." They had the same two tables near the bar and the kitchen for decades and could always be counted on to sing “God Bless America” at the end of the evening. These socials grew to become a “cruising society." Every other year, the Saturday social gang would go on a cruise to the Caribbean. On can only imagine the large number of friends and followers that group made on those ships. Her favorite cruise was an Alaskan cruise, as much for the sightseeing train trip as the boat itself.
Lois and Dick bought a condo in Kissimmee, as much to give her kids and grandkids access to Disney as for them to enjoy warmer winter weather themselves.
As her kids grew, Lois returned to the workforce and was the secretary for Walter J Kelleher for a number of years. After Mayor Kelleher left office, Lois went to work for the Malden Housing Authority at 630 Salem St., ironically, downstairs from where her mother and aunt were living.
For the last five years Lois has been a resident of Brooksby Villages in Peabody and it was there that she passed away on Friday November 27th, 2020. She will be sorely missed by all, but especially by us, her family.
Graveside service will be at 1:00PM Monday November 30, Forestdale Cemetery –150 Forest Dale Street, Malden for those that would like to attend.
Covid-19 precautions, with masks and social distancing, will be in effect.