Mary Elizabeth Foley Naughton, 96, formerly of Marshalltown, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her daughter Mary Ann's home in Olympia, WA.
Funeral services for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014 at St Mary's Catholic Church located in Marshalltown, Iowa. Public visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Mitchell Family Funeral Home where her family will be present to greet friends. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.mitchellfh.com or call (641) 844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Mary and her family.
Mary Naughton was born on April 29, 1918, the eldest daughter of John Francis Foley and Dorothy Lula Kitch Foley in their farmhouse near Dalton City, IL. She attended a one room country schoolhouse through the 8th grade. During the Great Depression, when the family left farming and moved to Lovington, IL, Mary attended Lovington High School, where she graduated in 1935. As a young woman, Mary held many jobs to assist her family, including work as a seamstress, nanny, and housekeeper. After high school, she was employed by the A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company in Decatur, IL.
She married John J. Naughton in Lovington on Sept. 19, 1948, and moved to his hometown of Marshalltown. From their home on North 13th Street, they raised five children: Gregory, Mark, Mary Ann, Michelle, and George.
Mary Naughton was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker, good neighbor, and volunteer for school and community projects. After her own children were grown, Mary provided day care in her home for many years. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, attending Marshalltown Community Theater, watching Chicago Cubs baseball, and visiting with family, friends, and neighbors. Mary was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for more than 60 years and participated in the Ave Maria Study Club until her death.
After her husband's death in 1997, Mary lived in Marshalltown with her son Greg. In 2010, she moved to Winston-Salem, NC, to join the household of her daughter Michelle. She was in Olympia, WA, visiting with family when she died.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; husband, John J. Naughton; and eldest son, Gregory Naughton.
Mary is survived by her sister, Dorothy Jane Keck, Decatur, IL; sons: Mark Naughton (Shari), Iowa City, and George (Lisa) Naughton, Lewisville, TX; daughters: Mary Ann (Michael Smith) Naughton, Olympia, WA, and Michelle Naughton, Winston-Salem, NC; sisters-in-law: Gloria Foley, Jane Foley, and Caroline Munroe; grandsons: Sean, Ryan, and Alex; granddaughters: Sara, Kelli, Samantha, Emily, Anastasia, and Natalia; granddaughter-in-law, Emily; great-grandsons: Saoirse, Tua and Aengus; and several treasured nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts can be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Marshalltown Public Library.