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Mary G. Noon

Mary G. (Foley) Noon, 85, a longtime Lowell resident, died on Wednesday, February 1 at The Atrium in Chelmsford. She was the beloved wife of Richard E. Noon with whom she celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2016. Born June 5, 1931 in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Foley and the late Gertrude (O’Neill) Foley. Mary graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro. She received a bachelor of science degree from Regis College in Weston and worked for many years in her father’s business, Foley’s Jewelry on Central Street in downtown Lowell.

Mary was a founding member of the Ethnic Covenant, an organization created in the early 1980s that advocated for, and spearheaded the establishment of the Massachusetts Housing Court system. The Ethnic Covenant created the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership (MVHP) as a vehicle for developing affordable housing. When the MVHP shifted its focus to providing education for home buyers, Mary served on the Board of Directors and helped promote the program and register clients.

She served on many boards and committees, most notably the Lowell Museum Corporation and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by her daughter Rosemary Noon and her husband Paul Marion, as well as her grandson, Joseph Marion. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Foley. Mary leaves Patricia Foley, Joseph’s wife; Carmen Foley SC; James Foley and Eleanor Foley; and John Foley and Ginger Foley; and many nieces and nephews. Mary also leaves a close circle of life-long women friends from Lowell known as “The Coffee Club.”

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, February 6, 3-6pm at McDonough Funeral Home, 14 Highland Street, Lowell (978 or 800) 458-6816.

On Tuesday, February 7, the Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am at St. Patrick’s Church, 282 Suffolk Street, Lowell. Please meet at church.

Her internment will be held privately in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership, 67 Middle Street, #501, Lowell, MA 01852.

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