Mary Monahan

Obituary of Mary K. Monahan

Mary Keenan (Mrs. Urban J.) Monahan, “Ageless", a longtime resident of New Canaan and Darien, Connecticut passed away peacefully on Friday, November 26, 2021. Mary was born in Dedham, Massachusetts to Edmund Hamilton Hannon and Margarite Quinn Hannon.


She graduated from Dedham High School and received an A.B. in English from Regis College. At Regis, she was the President of the German Club and was called “The Songbird of her Class.” Mary loved to sing and, after college, sang on the Ed Sullivan Radio Show and with Arthur Fiedler’s Boston Pops.


She met her beloved husband, Urban J. Monahan, through friends. Their first date was visiting churches on Holy Thursday. They were married at St Mary’s Church in Dedham and moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where Mary taught school and was an insurance agent for Liberty Mutual. Mary and Urban later returned north and lived in Larchmont, New York and Darien, where they raised their five children.


Mary’s unconditional love for her family was always her first priority. She had a magnificent smile, was quick witted and had a real sense of humor. She believed that always being positive and living for today was the remedy for everything in life. While living in Connecticut, she was a member of Wee Burn Country Club, where she played duplicate bridge, bowled and played an occasional 9-hole round.  She was also a member of the Darien Community Association and Garden Club and sang in the St. Thomas More Choir and with the Park Street Singers.


Mary was predeceased by her husband, Urban, after almost fifty years of marriage and by her brother, Tom Hannon, an oblate missionary priest in South Africa.


She is survived by her daughters, Mari Monahan of New Canaan and Kathleen Ashley (Chase) of New Canaan, her sons, Michael Monahan (Courtney) of Rye, New York, Jon Monahan of New York, New York and Edmund Monahan (Deborah) of Rockport, Massachusetts, and seven grandchildren, Kaitlin Ashley (Graham Gnall), Hillary Ashley, Samantha Ashley, Connor Ashley, Lauren Monahan, Olivia Monahan and William Monahan.


Mary’s favorite charity was St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


A celebration of Mary’s life will be held in 2022.


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