Mashpee-area volunteer Mary F. Riordan, 75, died on August 13 at her home in Cotuit.
In recent years her greatest love was her work and her team at the Saint Vincent de Paul Society thrift store affiliated with Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.
Ms. Riordan was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Riordan.
She leaves her six children, Sheila Nugent of New Jersey, Patrick Riordan of Manchester, Aidan Riordan of New York, Meghan Jarvis of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Brendan Riordan of Maine and Caitlin Riordan of Brooklyn; 13 grandchildren; her brother, Martin Fleming; and other family.
Ms. Riordan was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Saint Dominic Academy in Jersey City. Raised a devout Catholic, she joined the Maryknoll Sisters convent in Ossining, New York, after high school where she spent two years. She worked for McGraw-Hill book company in New York City before moving to Saint Louis to work for the War on Poverty. Staying in St. Louis, Ms. Riordan returned to work at McGraw-Hill where she met John T. Riordan. They married in 1966 and moved back East first to Skillman, New Jersey, and eventually to their 19th-century farmhouse in Georgetown, where they lived and raised their family for 30 years.
The Riordans spent their first summer in Cotuit in 1974, eventually making it their year-round home and community in 1992.
Ms. Riordan raised not only her own six children, but offered support and had an open door to many of her children’s friends. She was a self-taught general contractor, who stripped her own floors, caned her own chairs and upholstered her own furniture. She was an expert needle-pointer, gifting every family member with a Christmas stocking and birth announcement sampler.
Her gardens were her great love. She was particularly fond of the flower scilla, and painted the door of her Georgetown home the exact blue shade of the flower for passersby to enjoy.
An avid reader, she read many, if not all, non-fiction books in the Cotuit Library.
A visitation will be held at Parish of Christ the King, 3 Job’s Fishing Road, Mashpee, today, from 10 to 11 AM.
A funeral Mass will follow at 11 AM. Burial will be private.