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Mary Downes Horan

ALBANY  – Mary Downes Horan, 72, of Albany, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018.  Mary was born in Providence, RI, and lived for a time in Pawtucket, RI, but had lived in Albany since 1948.  She was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, the College of Saint Rose, and earned a Masters degree at the State University at Albany in Educational Psychology and Statistics. Mary held several positions during her long career at the New York State Education Department. She was a past president of the Northeast Educational Research Association and continued to be an engaged conference participant. Mary was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church and the former Holy Cross Church, and was very active in the church seniors group.

Mary was predeceased by her parents John E. Downes and Beatrice A. Convey Downes.  She is survived by her brother Linus Downes (Mary Kay) of Centreville, VA; her sister Anne Downes of Northampton, MA; her niece Kathryn Anne Shoreman (John); her nephews John E. Downes (Kathleen), and Charles J. “CJ” Downes (Alicia); and by ten great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in All Saints Catholic Church, Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited.  There will be no calling hours.  Interment will be in the Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI, at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Friends of the VI Grotto, Lourdes Grotto Restoration, P.O. Box 8896, Albany, NY 12208.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit

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