|Death: ||Feb. 20, 2010|
St. Louis County
Mary Ann Mallon, who organized and operated the volunteer Meals on Wheels program in Affton for 30 years, died Saturday (Feb. 20, 2010) at home in St. Louis County. She was 63.
She died after battling uterine cancer.
She had worked for 10 years in a laboratory at the Siteman Cancer Center that conducted research into the same cancer that contributed to her death.
Mary was a technician in the cancer research laboratory directed by Dr. Paul J. Goodfellow. He credited her with helping to train graduate students and others, contributing to articles in nine scientific journals, and working as the patient advocate for the Siteman Cancer Center Endometrial Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence.
The lab was her day job, but her passion was helping people, her family said. She was a volunteer Scout leader and operated a day camp for Cub Scouts in Crestwood Park, placed flowers on veterans' graves and coached volleyball and softball.
She took her children when they were little to help with the Meals on Wheels program that delivers food to about 50 people daily.
She woke up each morning, tallied the orders, and called them in to the Laclede Groves retirement facility in Webster Groves, where the food is prepared.
"My mom made serving other people a daily occurrence," said a daughter, Katie D'Agostino of St. Louis County. On Friday, she was continuing her mother's tradition by delivering meals.
Mrs. Mallon never stopped volunteering, even after she became ill. "She saw that there was a need," her husband said.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. March 16 at Seven Holy Founders Church, 6741 Rock Hill Road, Affton. Her body was cremated.
In addition to her husband and daughter, among the survivors are another daughter, Kerry Kennedy of Agawam, Mass.; three sons, Colin Mallon of Milwaukee, Sean Mallon of St. Louis and Dan Mallon of St. Peters; a brother, James Keiper of Attleboro, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.
The family suggests contributions to the Siteman Cancer Center, Endometrial Cancer Research, Campus Box 1204, 7425 Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 63105.
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