Mary I. Mulgrew, 60, of East Sandwich died September 27 following a short battle with cancer.
She was born in Brighton, the daughter of John and Margaret (Prendergast) Kenneally. She met her husband of 38 years, George Mulgrew, in Medford, the town where she was raised.
Ms. Mulgrew had a 25-year career at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where she assisted cadets in finding employment.
A runner, she had participated in many local competitions in which her name and times were in the results that showed up in Enterprise archives. She also had run in the Falmouth Road Race, and in 1998, her third time, Ms. Mulgrew, 36, was Sandwich's top female finisher with an unofficial time of 50 minutes, 51 seconds. She was one of more than 100 Sandwich residents participating.
In a post-race interview she said, “I had absolutely no goals. It's such a fun race, I don't put any pressure on myself.” She said the course was packed “wall-to-wall” with runners for the first mile and it was difficult for the participants to set their own pace. As the course wound its way through more residential streets at around the fifth mile, Ms. Mulgrew soon found herself dashing past Falmouth Marina, where her husband and children were situated, on her way to Falmouth Heights where a final hurdle awaited.
Once she and the other runners climbed a medium-size hill, they were treated to a view of a crane hoisting a giant American flag over the finish line and thousands of people on the Falmouth Heights ball field. “It was exhilarating,” she said of the finish.
In addition to running, she loved hiking to the top of Mt. Washington, biking along the Cape Cod Canal, and kayak trips at Scorton Creek, among other activities.
In addition to her husband, she leaves her two children and their spouses, Daniel and Georgia Mulgrew of Framingham and Kerrie and Ryan Conway of Sandwich; four grandchildren, Brycen and Rylee Conway and Matthew and James Mulgrew; her siblings, Sean Kenneally, Maggie Hanchett, Jimmy Kenneally, Eileen Paquette and Michael Kenneally; and many other relatives.
A memorial gathering is planned for Friday, October 1, from 8 to 10:30 AM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in Sandwich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM at Corpus Christi Church, 326 Quaker Meetinghouse Road in Sandwich.
A private burial will be at a later date.