MARY J. FILIATRAULTMary J. Filiatrault, 88, adventurous lady dies surrounded by her husband and family from Minnesota, succumbed in Belmont, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2012.
Mary J. Filiatrault, 88, adventurous lady dies surrounded by her husband and family from Minnesota, succumbed in Belmont, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2012.
A round-the-world traveler, she had visited over 160 countries and was a member of the Century Club of Adventurers. Known for her quick wit and love of life, Mary was married to Alfred Filiatrault for over 36 years. Many years after his death, she married Richard DuBois of San Mateo, Calif. Mary and Richard sailed the globe on their honeymoon.
Mary was proudly among the first women welders in World War II. She lived many years in New York City where she was a legal secretary and took advantage of the constant activities such as the theater and symphony. Upon moving to McLean, Virginia, Mary became involved in many activities including volunteering with the Women's Republican Party and working at the White House for Ronald Reagan. She also participated in the American Legion and the Newcomer's Club in McLean. She was an ardent giver to charity and a lover and appreciator of all things beautiful.
Mary was preceded in death by her deeply beloved mother Marie Kobus-Smith; her sister Gloria (Smith) Holt; her husband Alfred C. Filiatrault; her many Kobus aunts and uncles, her nephew John Joseph Holt; her mother-in-law Alice Filiatrault and her sister-in-law Shirley Filiatrault.
Mary is survived by her loving husband Richard DuBois of San Mateo, Calif.; her family of affection, his children, Marilyn (Ron) Headrick and Rick (Wendy) DuBois, and their children, all of California; her niece Marice (Alan) Dougherty, her grand-nieces Alanna and Brenna Dougherty, all of Duluth, her niece Denice (Reed) Knutsen, of White Bear Lake, Minn.; her nephew David (Lori) Holt of Duluth; her cousin Melanie (Robert) Hendrickson of Duluth; her dear friend of a lifetime, Marie Sweeney of McLean, Va.; her friend and caregiver Tess Bagunas of Tracy, Calif., and many friends and acquaintances, who will miss her deeply.
VISITATION: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Murphy Falls Church Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad St. (Rt. 7). Mass of Christian Burial: 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in St. John the Beloved Catholic Church 6420 Linway Terrace, McLean, Va. Internment Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. Please arrive at the administration building by 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Doctors Without Borders.