Mary A. Foley, 82: Hard-working retail employee made family, others feel special

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PORTLAND — Mary A. (Sloan) Foley, 82, of Portland, died March 11 at her home.

Born in Portland on May 9, 1932, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lillian (Nimblett) Sloan. She graduated from Old Orchard Beach High School with the class of 1951.

An active and independent person who always kept herself busy, Foley worked for Woolworth’s Department Store for over 28 years. Subsequently, she was employed at a Rite-Aid drug store for 10 years.

A communicant of Sacred Heart Church, on Mellen Street, Foley had a strong faith. In her day-t0-day life, she made family, friends and others around her feel special because of the genuine caring she demonstrated.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her husband, Lawrence J. Foley, with whom she shared 44 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Lincoln, Charles, Arthur, George, Robert and Billy; and by a sister, Rose.

She is survived by her daughters, Lillian (Foley) McCaffery, of Portland, and Patricia Foley, of Florida; and her sons, Thomas Foley and wife, Karen, of Westbrook, Lawrence Foley Jr., of Florida, and Patrick Foley and wife, Amy, of Windham. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and an expected great-granddaughter, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Sunday, and a Mass of Christian burial followed on Monday at Sacred Heart Church. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery, in South Portland.

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