Obituary of Mary Agnes Thawley
Mrs. Mary Agnes Glennon Thawley, age 99 of Point Pleasant, NJ, died Wednesday November 7 at home surrounded by her loving family. Mary Agnes was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary Ellen Glennon of Manchester, NH, who both immigrated from Ireland. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1919, Mary Agnes graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1937. After graduation she worked as a secretary in several businesses in Manchester. During World War II she met her future husband George Thawley at a dance held at the local armory. They continued a long correspondence through the mail as George was stationed in North Africa and Italy during the war. He proposed marriage to her through the mail, and on January 18th, 1947 they were married at Saint Anne R.C. Church in Manchester, NH.
Mrs. Thawley and her husband subsequently lived in Boston, MA, Hancock, NH, Suffield, CT, Maplewood, NJ, Winchester, MA and in 1965 she and her husband and five children moved to Point Pleasant, NJ. Her husband George Thawley was an educator and from 1965 to 1979 was principal of Point Pleasant Beach High School. He retired as Superintendent in 1983.
Mary Agnes attended Ocean County College and graduated from Trenton State College in 1973 with a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Mrs. Thawley was a speech and pathology teacher in several school districts, including Island Heights, Seaside Park, Eagleswood Township, and Tuckerton NJ. She retired from teaching in 2002.
Mary Agnes enjoyed summer days on various boardwalks along the Jersey Shore, and summer vacations in her beloved Manchester, NH and Hampton Beach, NH with her son, Jack and daughter, Nancy. Most of all she enjoyed holiday celebrations with family in Point Pleasant. She had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh and loved her family dearly. She was a member of the Glorious Years at Saint Peter’s, Point Pleasant Beach, and a former member of the Altar Rosary Society at Sacred Heart Church, Bay Head. She had a deep abiding faith and encouraged her children to be faithful to the Church, its sacraments and Gospel values. Catholic education has played an important role in her life and the life of her family.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, George C.; her brother, Thomas Glennon; and her daughter, Mary Nancy. She is survived by her son, George J. (and wife, Marianne Holton) of Coupeville, WA; daughter, Barbara (and husband, Andy Bagnall) of Kensington, MD; son, Brian (and wife, Elissa Weil ) of New York, NY; and son, John of Point Pleasant, NJ.; her grandchildren, Kristin, Jessica, David, Mya, and Malachi; and many cousins in New Hampshire and Ireland. The family appreciates the love and care provided by Casey Gitlitz, Mary Agnes’ recent care giver.
Family and friends are invited to call Friday, November 9 from 4 - 7pm at Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Peter Church, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on Saturday, November 10 at 10am.
On Tuesday, November 13 a prayer service will be held at the Chapel of Saint Joseph Cemetery, 448 Donald Street, Bedford, NH at 10am. Internment will follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery.
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