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Mary R. "Molly" Monaghan
Lieutenant, United States Navy
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From a contemporary press report:

Mary R. "Molly" Monaghan, 74, the assistant curator at the Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee in Alexandria and a former researcher with the Institute for Defense Analyses, died of heart ailments June 1, 1999 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Monaghan was born in Philadelphia. She came to Washington as a WAVE in the Navy during World War II. She served five years in the Navy before leaving active duty to raise a family.

During the 1950s and 1960s, she did substitute teaching at Holy Family Elementary School in Hillcrest Heights, then became an assistant librarian at the Hillcrest Heights branch of the Prince George's public library and later at Prince George's Community College.

In the 1970s, she began working at the Institute for Defense Analyses as a researcher and remained there until 1989. In 1990, she became assistant curator at the Lee Boyhood Home. She was also a volunteer docent there. She was a Navy representative at funeral services at Arlington Cemetery, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and president of the Washington Area WAVES Association. 

Her husband of 42 years, William T. "Tom" Monaghan, died in 1991. 

Survivors include four daughters, Amy J. McDermott of Silver Spring, Meg Guessford of Suitland, Seana Gallagher of Alexandria and Siobhan Bixel of Conroe, Tex.; and a sister. A son, Tim Monaghan, died in 1985.


MONAGHAN, MARY R. (Molly)

On Monday, May 31, 1999, at her residence in Alexandria, VA. Wife of the late W.T. (Tom) Monaghan; mother of Amy J. McDemott, Meg Guessford, Seana Gallagher, Siobhan Bixel and the late Tim Monaghan; sister of Flossie Croul. Also survived by 12 grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, June 15 at 2:45 p.m. at The Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Sisters of St. Joseph, Development Office, 9601 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693.


MONAGHAN, MARY R
DATE OF BIRTH: 04/17/1925
DATE OF DEATH: 05/31/1999
BURIED AT: SECTION 68  SITE 4739
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
   WIFE OF MONAGHAN, WILLIAM THOMAS. LCDR   US NAVY

MONAGHAN, WILLIAM THOMAS
LCDR   US NAVY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/21/1927
DATE OF DEATH: 03/02/1991
BURIED AT: SECTION 68  SITE 4739
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


Posted: 13 June 1999  Updated: 3 September 2005