Mary Ann Amaral

February 21, 1928March 27, 2014

Mary Ann Amaral, 86, of Novato, passed away March 27, 2014 in San Rafael, California.

Mary Ann was born in Massachusetts to Joseph and Gloria Amaral on February 21, 1928. She went to San Rafael High School and graduated in 1947. She worked as a Comptroller for Moore McCormack Lines in San Francisco for over 50 years and then worked for Crowley Maritime Corporation in Oakland. She was an active member of Our Lady of Loretto Church and had a passion for prayer especially the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. She loved her family, faith, and friends.

Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Gloria Amaral, her brother Joseph Amaral and her sister Eleanor Gladden.

Mary Ann is survived by her nephew Mark Gladden of Healdsburg; nieces Jo Ann Gladden-Cavalli of Pleasanton, Jill Gladden-Garibaldi of San Mateo, Tonja Amaral- Temerowski of Wickenburg, and Sabrina Amaral- Vella of Walnut Creek; and brother in law Elmer Gladden of Santa Rosa. Visitation will be held at Keaton's Mortuary in Novato on April 6, 2014 from 12:00-3:00pm.

Funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato on April 7, 2014 at 11:00am with the Rosary at 10:30am. Burial will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947. Condolences may be left in Mary Ann's online guestbook at

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Nazareth House of San Rafael for their support in her final days.

Arrangements entrusted to Keaton’s Redwood Chapel


  • Rosary Monday, April 7, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 7, 2014
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 7, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, April 7, 2014

Mary Ann Amaral

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Roger Kirk

April 9, 2014

I had the pleasure of working with Mary Ann at AMNAV maritime where she was a kind,calm, caring person in a hectic office. It was always a pleasure to talk with her.

Dick and Diana Garibaldi

April 7, 2014

With sadness today we honor Aunt her Angels came to bring her home and have rest. She was an intelligent woman with a beautiful soul and cared deeply for things that mattered, like family, friends, and her devotion to her faith...she was a character and fun to be with.. she also had beautiful skin...she drank her water just like the doctor said...I am honored to have known her...I will miss her in peace dear Aunt will be remembered always for your kindness..with love..

Grace Tullis

April 5, 2014

My 4 year friendship with Mary Ann was a precious gift. Mary Ann was a living saint and an inspiration to many. Her bodily decline didn't consume her, Mary Ann's focus was to please God.Her faith was so pure. I was fortunate to visit Mary Ann the day before she died. It was an intense visit, we prayed together, she made both of us laugh, and she was determined to get well. The moments we shared will be a forever cherished memory.

My condolences to the family of Mary Ann.