Dora O. (Patenaude) Mahoney (1900 - 2003)

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Dora O. (Patenaude) Mahoney
1900 - 2003
April 3, 1900
Tyngsborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts United States
April 11, 2003
Lenox, Berkshire County, Massachusetts United States
Dora O. (Patenaude) Mahoney was born on April 3, 1900 in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts United States. Her maiden name is Patenaude and she married into the Mahoney family. She is the child of Alfred J.P. Patenaude and Hedwidge M (Turcotte) Patenaude, with siblings J., Joseph, Leo, Prosper, Andre, Alphonse, Amedie, Louis, Yvonne, Narcisse, Irene, Bertha, Alyce, Albert, and Armand. She died on April 11, 2003 in Lenox, Massachusetts United States at age 103.
Updated: November 12, 2020
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LENOX -- Dora O. Mahoney, 103, of Kimball Farms, 235 Walker St., a former longtime resident of Pittsfield, died Friday afternoon at Kimball Farms Nursing Center, where she had resided since 1992. Born in Tyngsboro on April 3, 1900, daughter of Alfred and Hedwidge Turcotte Patenaude, and was raised in Chelmsford. She was educated in Chelmsford Schools. She was a communicant of St. Ann's Church. Her husband, William E. Mahoney, whom she married in 1925 in the state of Florida, died in 1980. She leaves a son, Leo E. Mahoney of Lenox; . Another son, William E. Mahoney Jr., died in 1993. She Was also the sister of J. Arthur Patenaude, Alphonse F. Patenaude, Leo F. Patenaude, Armand Patenaude, Yvonne Patenaude Barrett, Irene Patenaude Spaulding, Alyce Patenaude Chase, and Bertha Patenaude Meade. Besides her son, she is survived by 12 Grandchildren, Shawn Mahoney, Leo Mahoney, Paul Mahoney, Susan Wentworth, Lynn Pandell, Beth Wheeler, Mary Louise Streeter, William E. Mahoney III, Richard Mahoney, William J. Mahoney, Catherine Mahoney, and John Winters. Also she leaves 23 Great Grandchildren, Melissa Broden, Andrew Mahoney, Chelsea Mahoney, Max Mahoney, Andrew Winters, Charles Winters, David Winters, Lucas Streeter, Courtney Streeter, Meghan Streeter, Kaleigh Streeter, Colin Mahoney, Ryan Mahoney, Robin Mahoney, Kelly Mahoney, Bryan Mahoney, Zachary Wentworth, Jessica Wentworth, Shauna Pandell, Ashlee Pandell, Nicole Pandell, Leah Wheeler, and Carly Wheeler. Also, she leaves 2 Great Great Grandsons, William Boden, and Michael Boden. FUNERAL NOTICE -- Services for Dora O. Mahoney, who died Friday, April 11, will be Wednesday, April 16, at 10:15 from ROCHE FUNERAL HOME, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 at St. Ann's Church celebrated by the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Ann's Cemetery. Calling hours will be tomorrow from 4 to 6 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Xaverian Brothers in care of the funeral home, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240.

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In 1900, in the year that Dora O. (Patenaude) Mahoney was born, when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1912, when she was merely 12 years old, Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

In 1957, by the time she was 57 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1977, she was 77 years old when on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

In 1983, Dora was 83 years old when "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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