Silver Spring, MD – Geraldine M. “Gerri” Mallen, 89, passed away May 18, 2020, following a severe fall at her home in Maryland. Gerri lived in Massachusetts all her life, except for the last 4 years, during which she lived in a retirement community in Maryland, near her daughter Patricia. She had a home in Dennis for 20 years, and a condominium in West Palm Beach, where she spent her winters. She loved Cape Cod and the life of a “snowbird”. Gerri was married and widowed 3 times, had 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Prior to her retirement in 1979 she was a legal secretary and a telephone company operator for many years.
Gerri was born in Boston, and raised in Roxbury, in the Mission Hill neighborhood and graduated from Mission High School, Roxbury, MA. She was one of 9 children born to Thomas and Mary Noone, who emigrated from Ireland. As a young woman she loved to dance, roller skate, and go the beaches in New Hampshire. Her cousin Kaye fondly remembers a beach outing with Gerri at the age of 14 and 2 of her sisters. At another beach outing, Gerri met William G. “Garry” Haggerty, whom she married in 1951. Gerri and Garry had 4 children and lived in Braintree, MA.
Gerri was known by all for her lively – sometimes feisty – personality, which many attributed to her red hair. Her life revolved around her children, whom she adored and always talked about. Her passion for her four children; John, Patricia, Garrett, and Brian Haggerty was only equaled by the love for her 10 Grandchildren; Christine Durand, Kathleen Haggerty, Grant Haggerty, Thomas Haggerty, Rebecca Haggerty, Sean Haggerty, Adam Haggerty, Sebastian Haggerty, Noah Haggerty, Samantha Haggerty and her Great Grandchildren: Connor Durand, Evan Durand, Elise DeLeyer, Tyler Haggerty, Harper Haggerty who remember her as “Nana”. She is also survived by her sisters Ann “Nancy” Grossimon and Rita Noone, and her favorite cousin Kaye Richardson and by her 48 nieces and nephews.
The other great love of Gerri’s life was George Mallen, whom she married in 1979. Gerri and George were married 17 years when George passed away in 1996, but it was obvious to all that George was “the love of her life”.
After 8 years as a widow in Dennis, Gerri met another love, William P. “Bill” Quinn of Orleans, whom she married in 2004. Gerri and Bill first met at Oliver’s restaurant in Dennis. They each used to come to the restaurant alone, until one day the waitresses at Oliver’s – noticing the compatibility of widow and widower – cleverly sat them next to each other. Gerri and Bill lived in Dennis, and Gerri loved to help Bill with his prolific book-writing, book delivery, and book signing trips.
Gerri is survived by her 4 children – John, Patricia, Garrett, and Brian Haggerty – 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Ann “Nancy” Grossimon and Rita Noone, and her favorite cousin Kaye Richardson.
As a result of the ongoing health crisis in the world and with genuine concern for the people whom they love, funeral services and burial will be private.