Mary Ann Sanderson Mougey
Hudson - It's with sadness and love we share the news that Mary Ann Sanderson Mougey passed away on December 31, 2020. She died peacefully at home in Hudson, Ohio, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Known to all as Sandy, she was a true force of nature. A smart, funny, and passionate woman, she met life's joys and obstacles with both grit and grace. She was 89 years old.
Born on April 20, 1931, Sandy was the youngest of Fred and Margaret Sanderson's four children. They lived in Kenwood, Maryland, at the time still a woodland on the outskirts of Washington, DC. Her childhood was bucolic and, like so many of her generation, filled with heartbreak. She was a junior ice skating champion at 14, loved to run in the woods with the family's great dane Baron, and was a classically trained pianist. Yet, like in other families of the era, her sister Louise contracted polio and, when WWII broke out, her beloved brother Fred was killed at 19, just five days after her oldest sister Margaret's husband died in the same conflict. Sandy spoke often in her last days of getting to see Freddy again soon. It brought her great peace.
Her father was Chief Surgeon at Georgetown University Hospital and as a young girl, Sandy often accompanied him to the operational theatre. It was an early sign of her fearlessness, a trait she proved to all of us to be one of life's most precious. "I'm a tough old bird," she liked to say, "and it's such a blessing." Sandy trusted deeply in the Lord, who aided her in strength, and she was comforted deeply by His company. When the Mougeys moved to Hudson in 1968, the family attended St. Mary's, in the original church on the Hudson town green. In her later years, she enjoyed services at the First Congregational Church of Hudson.
Sandy was a gifted athlete and adored her job coaching the Hudson High School Girl's Tennis Team, who she guided to the State Finals. She played field hockey in high school, was a beautiful swimmer throughout her life, proudly scored a hole in one at Firestone # 17 (in her first shot of the day), and could pick up a 7-10 split. She had a "million" friends and everyone she met became her new best one. She taught us all the power of connecting with people, as well as the value of a good lob. The most avid sports fan in the family, one of her great disappointments was, on the Sunday she went to the ER, she'd miss that afternoon's Brown's game.
Sandy was married to Paul Howard Mougey for 25 years and leaves behind her five children, Marcey, Lynn (married to Alex MacLellan), Scott, Paul (married to Roger Heaton) and Mare, her five wonderful grandchildren, loads of loving nieces and nephews, her very first great-grandchild on the way in California, and a terrific legacy. We'll miss you, Mom.
Due to the global pandemic, a Memorial will be held later this year.
Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Hudson, Ohio. www.johnsonromito.com
Published on January 10, 2021