Mary Lou Sweeney
October 18, 1944- April 11, 2020
When Theodore and Hazel Walsh brought Mary Louise Sweeney into this world on October 18, 1944, they had no idea that she would turn into the amazing person that she did, touching so many lives along her years on this earth. She lived her life with determination and passion. She was successful at everything she put her mind to up until her last days when she peacefully passed surrounded by family and holding Kelly’s hand on April 11, 2020.
She was known by Mom to Dena, Gay and Kelly. Grammy to Christopher, Randy, Sydney, Heather, Junior, Jesse, Josh, Shanna and Skylar. She was Mary Lou to everyone else who loved her.
Mary Lou was selfless in her raising of her three children as a single mother. She never allowed her children to go without, even if it meant she had to go without. She regularly worked two or three jobs to keep ahead.
When her children were grown, she did what we all wish we could do; she quit her financial analyst job and followed her dreams. Mary Lou had always wanted to be a doctor and was accepted to Howard University in Washington, DC where she graduated as a Physician’s Assistant with national honors. She made her dreams come true when she worked making lives better in multiple avenues of medicine including OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine and Family Practice.
Although only half of her life was dedicated to medicine, she saved numerous lives and she always knew how to make things better. Mary Lou was happiest when sitting on the beach, eating chocolate and drinking Diet Pepsi.
Mary Lou’s mind was taken from us long before her body so in lieu of flowers, the family requests you visit your elderly relatives and chat with them before they can’t remember and don’t wait until their gone. If a donation is in your favor, please consider the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research.
A celebration of life will occur at a later time. We ask all of our friends and family to take a moment to reflect on Mary Lou’s life as we lay her to rest on April 18, 2020.