Nancy (Anne) Rita Donaghy nee Broderick was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 10, 1929. She died on October 19, 2021. She was, as Phil Silvers so aptly wrote in a lyric, “Nancy (With the Laughing Face).”
She is survived by her daughter Kathleen M., her son Michael T., her sister-in-law Betty Broderick, 18 nieces and nephews, 51 great nieces and nephews, and 23 great-great nieces and nephews. Nancy was predeceased by her husband Michael, father Joseph, mother Helen, brothers Bud, John and Tom, and sisters Jeanne Burns, Mary Conley and Helen Giacomelli.
Nancy was an avid volunteer at St. Theresa’s Church, The Christ Child Society and in former years, the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Phoenix Little Theater.
Friends and neighbors may attend the viewing on Tuesday evening, October 26, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at St. Theresa Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Interment to follow at the VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Theresa Parish Perpetual Endowment Fund, 5045 E Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Godspeed Nancy, you were a good and faithful servant. I will miss your smile and sweet voice.
Aunt Nancy was a lovely person and wonderful storyteller. We will miss her. ❤️
Liz and Pearse
We will miss you. Always so much fun, funny and laughing. Rest In Peace.
Laura K. Larson
I met Nancy one time and what a kind and happy woman. As a good friend of her daughter Kathleen, I offer my condolences to Nancy’s family, friends, and loved ones.
Nancy, your smile and love have brought sunshine to all of us on Earll Drive and beyond. We will miss you tremendously. Our hearts go out to Michael and Kathleen and family.
Nancy, I loved hearing how much you loved to read and knew you were a wonderful mother by the expressions of love I heard from Kathleen. She talked about sharing thoughts with you regularly on so many topics. Though you lived many miles away, Kathleen’s daily phone calls made it seem as if you were right there nearby. I’m so pleased that I got to meet you as well. You were such a gift to those who loved and knew you