Marita Claire Ryan Driscoll of Phoenix, Arizona passed away peacefully on May 9, 2019. Marita was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1942 to Suzanne and Richard Ryan. Marita spent the first 12 years of her life living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona with her family in 1954. She attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and Xavier Catholic High School. She graduated from Melrose Academy Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1960. She married James Peter Driscoll Sr and moved to Brooklyn, New York. Marita moved back to Phoenix in 1965 with her family. She graduated from Bryman Medical School in 1977. She is survived by her three sons, James Peter Driscoll Jr, John Patrick Cooney Driscoll and Daniel Ryan Driscoll, her grandchildren Miranda Elizabeth Driscoll Allworth and Melissa Christine Driscoll and her great-grandchildren Danika Elizabeth Allworth and Bennett Edward Allworth. Marita co-founded the Legion of Mary at St. Francis Xavier Parish. She was a practicing Roman Catholic and was very interested in family history and genealogy along with Pennsylvania history. As a loving mother you could always count on mom for affection and inspiration on any given day. She will always be remembered for her big loving smile and lightheartedness. A visitation will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in St. Ignatius Chapel.
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