Mary O’Dowd Darter, 95

Mary O’Dowd Darter


Mary O’Dowd Darter, 95, died on October 18, 2016.
She was born in Pine Brook, NJ on April 19, 1921 the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Gearty) O’Dowd and lived in long Valley most of her life.
Mary graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1939 and from Mountainside Hospital Nursing School in 1942 with a Nursing Degree. Mary received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 1955 from Seton Hall, went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Trenton State College then a Nurse Practitioner’s Degree from Rutgers Medical School.
Mary served in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1944 and after her discharge worked at Lyons VA Hospital in Lyons, NJ. She was a School Nurse in Washington Township from 1960 until her retirement.
She was active in the Washington Township Historical Society, a member of the Washington Township Board of Health and was a docent at Foster Farms and was active in the Long Valley VFW.
Mary is survived by her daughter Mary Midge Darter, two nephews Scott and Patrick O’Dowd, and a sister-in-law Joan O’Dowd.
Mary was predeceased by a son Walter Guys and a daughter Kathleen Darter.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 11:00AM in Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church 2 East Springtown Road, Long Valley NJ 07853 followed by interment in Our Lady of the Mountain Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Monday from 2:00–4:00 and from 6:00-8:00PM in the Coughlin Funeral Home 15 Academy Street, Califon NJ 07830.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at