Mary Dooley - September 09, 2011Mary Elizabeth Rogers Dooley, 92, of Aurora, formerly of Omaha and Central City, died at Hamilton Manor in Aurora on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Central City with Rev. Doug McHargue officiating. Burial will be in the Central City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.Solt Funeral Home of Central City is in charge of the arrangments.
Mary was born June 19, 1919, in Central City to James Earl and Myrtle H. (Jerome) Rogers. She grew up in Central City, graduated from Central City High School and then attended Nebraska Central College in Central City.
On Jan. 28, 1939, she was united in marriage to Howard B. Dooley. They lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Mary worked at Remington-Rand in Omaha while Howard attended theology school. From 1943 through 1945, while Howard was serving in the U.S. Navy, Mary lived in San Diego and in Central City; where she worked for Nebraska Central College. Mary and Howard lived in Nebraska City and Omaha until 1952, when they returned to Council Bluffs, where Howard served as minister for the First Presbyterian Church until 1957. In 1957, they returned to live in Omaha. Mary worked as office manager for an dermatologist and she also worked with Howard at the Nebraska Educational Facilities Authority and the Presbyterian Church USA Foundation. Mary and Howard moved to Aurora in 2009.
Mary was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Omaha and she is a member of P.E.O. Chapter EY in Omaha. Mary was a self-taught organist and pianist and was always a willing musician for churches they served. As a young woman, she was involved in the music for the Central City Presbyterian Church and while in high school won a Nebraska State Music Award as a soprano soloist.
Survivors include her children - Roger Dooley and Hedy Pieramico of San Diego, Calif.; twin children - Gary (Janet) Dooley of Waterloo and Mary Johnson of Marquette; one sister, Billie R. Gee of Central City; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dr. Earl Rogers and wife Helen; and brothers-in-law, William J. Prochaska and Jay Gee.