Mahoney, Viola

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    Interview with Viola Mahoney (Interviewer: Iris Howell-de Nijs)

Viola Louise Leak Mahoney was born in January 1, 1921, in Newark Delaware, to George R. and Matilda D. Leak. She grew up in Newark, and graduated from high school there. She was the youngest of four children--all girls. Viola Leak served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from March 9, 1944, to March 21, 1946. She worked in the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C., reaching the rank of Yeoman Third Class.

Viola Leak married John Francis Mahoney Jr., a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The couple moved to Cary, North Carolina, later in life. Viola Mahoney died on September 8, 2013, and was buried with her husband in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in New Castle County, Delaware.