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Mary Catherine Gallagher Jones
June 27, 1943 - October 06, 2018
Mary Catherine Gallagher Jones was born June 27, 1943 in Norman, Oklahoma to James and Mary Ann Gallagher. Mary passed on from this life on October 6, 2018, at age 75 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Mary was educated at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Norman, Oklahoma, and graduated a member of the Class of '61 from Norman High School. She left home to attend the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a degree in Secondary Education and became a dedicated member of Sigma Sigma Sigma. Following her graduation from college, she worked as a Business teacher in Oklahoma City and Midwest City Public Schools and spent the majority of her professional years teaching English in Moore Public Schools. Mary married David Jones, and together they raised three daughters in Southwest Oklahoma City. Mary was a force - she was fun, funny, inspiring, and motivating. She was a beloved teacher and earned many accolades at her schools, including Teacher of the Year at Brink Junior High. She was a community-builder, a hard-working committee member for various causes, and a devout member of and volunteer at St. James Catholic Church. Mary's warmth, energy and personality made her an instant hit in any social group. After Mary retired, she took the opportunity to travel as much as she could with her husband, David. Mary is survived by her husband, David Jones, and three daughters and sons-in-law: Lynette and Brian Talkington of Tulsa, OK; Carol Jones and Thomas Hynes of Chicago, IL; Rachel and Steve Cerney of Oklahoma City, OK. Mary is also survived by eight grandchildrenOlivia, Luke, and Lucy Talkington; David, Benjamin, and Anna Hynes; Andrew and Grace Cerney. In addition, she is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Nora and Eugene Barnhill of Norman; her many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews; and her cherished friends and neighbors. Visitation will be held at Vondel L. Smith South Lakes from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Monday, October 8, and a wake service will be held at 7:00 pm at Vondel L. Smith South Lakes (4000 SW 119th St., Oklahoma City). Mary's funeral service will be held on October 9, 2018 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 4201 S. McKinley, Oklahoma City, at 10:00 am. The Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery (7500 West Britton Road) immediately following the funeral service. In lieu of gifts and flowers, please consider a donation to the Westmoore High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund at http://donate.occf.org/.
Published on October 8, 2018
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